Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Incahuasi Island is made completely of coral, which sits above Solar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. This unique landscape is situated in the Andes Mountains. The area was part of a massive prehistoric lake and is the remains of an ancient volcano.

The island is a day hike that is included in the natural wonders that surround the tourist town of Uyuni. Other nearby areas include the train cemetery and mirror pool.

The famous mirror pool is actually a puddle in the salt that moves its location every day. Sometimes it's flat and tranquil, offering stunning reflections that attract photographers from all over. On other nights, the puddle can move into an area of the salt that is full of tire tracks and mud. The conditions of the desert depend on the day, so vacationers who dream of a beautiful photo should plan for disagreeable weather.

The most scenic route to the tourist town of Uyuni is by train from the city of Oruro after a bus ride from La Paz. Most of the guides are located across the street from the Uyuni train station. However, there's no easy way out of town, since most of the buses and trains leave early in the morning. 

Note that It's difficult to find amenities throughout the country of Bolivia. It's important to obtain the correct visa before entering Bolivia. The documents can cost approximately $200 and take several days to get, including vaccinations. Military police often ask visitors to show I.D. throughout South America.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Other

Pros

Once in a lifetime experience. Beautiful landscape. Unique geology.

Cons

Remote. Difficult to find amenities. Tough itinerary.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Geologically significant
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

Some brighter pics of Bolivia ;)
Some brighter pics of Bolivia ;)
Some brighter pics of Bolivia ;)
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