Historic Facts about the Bolivian Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni)

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I ticked a long-standing aim off my bucket-list in 2018 ‚Äď visiting the Bolivian Salt Flat (Salar de Uyuni). It didn‚Äôt disappoint from a natural perspective! But I was delighted to uncover some bitesize pieces of history about it. Here are some historic¬†facts you will learn while touring the Bolivian Salt Flat:

  1. The Bolivian Salt Flats were formed sometime between 11,500 and 13,400 years ago years ago, the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desert-like, nearly 11,000-sq.-km. landscape of bright-white flat salt. img_0948
  2. Name Origin:¬†Salar¬†means salt flat¬†in Spanish. However¬†Uyuni¬†originates from the¬†Aymara language¬†and means a¬†pen (enclosure). So¬†Salar de Uyuni loosely translated means ‚Äėsalt flat with enclosures‚Äô. It‚Äôs disputed as to whether or not the enclosures are referring to the various islands on the Salt Flat itself, or animal enclosures at Uyuni town itself.¬†
  3. The Aymarans lived in the region before…

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