The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. It's over 100km wide, blindingly white, and dead flat. And it’s a right of passage when cycling South America to ride right across the salt surface.
The salt flat is so huge that you can ride for an hour and the view doesn’t change one bit. So cyclists have a few tricks up their sleeves to pass the time during the crossing. Here are five of our favourite ways to entertain oneself on the Salar de Uyuni.
1. Ride with your Eyes Closed
Despite what your mother told you, riding a bike with your eyes closed is a great way to pass the afternoon. Dave managed 7 minutes and Jenn 9 minutes before eventually spinning into a dizzy spiral. A related game is bicycle Marco Polo.
2. Visit the Ojos del Salar
The salar actually has water underneath. At the Ojos (eyes) you can see it bubbling through the salt.
Note: A visit to the Ojos should not be combined with activity #1.
3. Take Silly Perspective Pictures
The air on the salar is spectacularly clear. So if you’ve ever wanted to …
… hang out with a giant toothbrush …
… go bicycle surfing …
… drive a shoe …
… or be the angel / devil on someone’s shoulder, this is the place for you.
4. Sleep on Isla Incahuasi
Just like the actual ocean, the salar has islands in it. Isla Incahuasi lies pretty much right in the middle and is covered with big barrel cacti. A family lives on the island and has a refugio just for cyclists.
Isla Incahuasi rising from the salt.
Morning view from the refugio window.
5. Feel the Breeze
But watch out for that sunburn!