VIDEO: Inside Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia’s ‘Salt Hotel’
Salar de Uyuni, a bucket list salt flat, is the largest in the world, stretching an incredible 4,086 square-miles toward the southwest edge of Bolivia. Where once a prehistoric lake stood, now there is an endless expanse of stark white salt, punctuated only occasionally by pink flamingos. During the wet season, when rains transform the expanse into an enormous mirror, travelers flock to the Luna Salada Hotel—an attraction in its own right.
GLP Films shows how almost everything, including the walls, the floors, and the chairs in the restaurant, is constructed from salt harvested from the surrounding land: beds are covered with fine linens, of course. Here, guests dine on traditional Bolivian ingredients, seasoned with salt from Salar de Uyuni, and sip Andean wines, and take daytrips to the region’s otherworldly attractions: Incahuasi Island, in the center of the salt flats, with its 40-foot-tall cacti, the 225 million-year-old Galaxie Caves, or the magnesium rich green lagoon.