THE GREAT SALAR DE UYUNI

Legend has it that in those times, when humans were giants, there was a beautiful lady named Thunupa who was married to Cuzco, a young warrior who betrayed her with a girl named Cosuna. When surprised, Thunupa very sad and indignant ran out in the direction of Kachipampa (salty Pampas) and there fell devastated by the pain of that betrayal. And while Cuzco and Cosuna escaped, Thunupa, who had recently given birth, wept with tears so salty that they mixed with the milk that flowed from her mother's womb, flooding the place.
Seeing this, the furious Gods turned humans into mountains and, that sea of ​​milk and salty tears, into the majestic Salar de Uyuni.
It is believed that Thunupa became that volcano that bears her name and that she is still crying and her breast is still spouting milk, while the two lovers contemplate her with pain.

Useful information for your trip
For your stay to be pleasant and take the best memories of this wonderful place is very important that you know that the Salar de Uyuni is characterized by having two seasons very well differentiated and for each one of them must take into account certain details that They are extremely important before making your reservation.

Seasons
The Salar de Uyuni is characterized by having two distinct seasons: Dry season and rainy season. For each there are details to take into account.

Dry season
It covers from the end of April to the beginning of December, during this time there is no rainfall and therefore the salt can be crossed from end to end. From May to September, the average temperature is 5ºC, often reaching below zero, especially at night. In the months of October, November and December the temperature improves and reaches 14 ºC.
For the winter months (May to September) it is recommended that you wear warm clothing, preferably thermal, windbreaker, gloves and a hat for the head.

Rainy season
Also called the "Reflection of Water" season, it covers from the end of December to mid-April and during this time, due to the amount of rainfall, the salt is filled with water and for the safety of visitors, according to the regulations of the department of Potosí , entry is prohibited to more than 15 km.
During this season, the average temperature is usually 14 ° C and the weather can offer days that are very cloudy or rainy.
It is recommended light clothing, boots, sandals, raincoats and hat to protect from the sun.
The hotel has boots to lend to guests.

General recommendations
• All year round sunglasses should be used to protect the eyes from the reflection that produces the whiteness of the salt and in addition you should use enough sunscreen both on the face and in all areas exposed to the sun.
• Because the climate is very dry, it is also recommended to bring body moisturizer and some lip cream.

Health
The Salar is more than 3600 meters above sea level, it is recommended to people who are not used to this height before and during their stay in the place, consume a lot of water and eat little because, in some cases, the digestion is impaired by height.
Also, it is recommended not to subject the body to intense activities, such as long walks, without resting intervals.

Children
While there are many people traveling with children, the Salar de Uyuni is a 100% natural destination in which there are no attractions for children. However, if your children are used to spending many hours sitting on a bus or wagon, do not hesitate to take them.

Electricity
The Salar de Uyuni, as well as the city of Uyuni and its surroundings, do not have a backbone of electrical power, so it is possible that light cuts that can last up to more than 12 hours will occur randomly and occasionally. However, the hotel has a light generator to provide electricity to its guests from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m., when the use of electricity is most required.

Internet
The Internet service available to the hotel, given the area in which it is located, is satellite system so any weather problem, such as windstorms or rain, can limit the speed of the service or produce the partial cut of the same.

Ways to get there
By plane: You can use the airlines Amazonas Y Boliviana de Aviación (BOA) They have flights from the city of La Paz.
By train: Taking the one that goes from the city of Oruro to Villazón or vice versa, which has a stop in Uyuni.
Bus:
From Potosí: direct bus with an approximate trip of 5 hours. The buses depart in the morning and at 7:00 p.m. The road is paved.
From Oruro: direct bus with an approximate trip of 7 hours. They leave every day after 7:00 p.m. The road is paved.
From La Paz: bus with an approximate trip of 12 to 14 hours. They leave every night at 7:00 p.m.
If you are on your own mobility:
• It is recommended that it be a 4x4 vehicle since the only paved roads are from Oruro and Potosí to Uyuni and in rainy season these are in poor condition..
• It is also important that you consider buying fuel in the larger cities because there are no service stations when moving away from Uyuni.

Payment Methods
In Uyuni the most frequent form of payment is in cash and there you will find ATMs.
And, although the locals are not attached to the card payment system, the dollar currency is accepted in all shops.

Links of interest
To know the status of accesses: http://www.abc.gob.bo
Exchange rate: Central Bank of Bolivia https://www.bcb.gob.bo/

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