Discover the Saltiest Marvel: Sarluna Salada Hotel in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

  It’s hard to imagine what a hotel built with salt would look like. What kind of sparks would the salty air collide with people? The Sarluna Salada Hotel is made of more than 1 million salt bricks.
  This hotel, located on the edge of Salar de Uyuni in the western plateau of Bolivia, South America, is known as the saltiest hotel in the world.
  Salar de Uyuni is 3,656 meters above sea level and covers an area of ​​9,065 square kilometers. It is the largest desert covered by salt in the world. It is known as the “land of the sky” after the rain.
  In order not to damage the overall environment of the salt marsh, Sarluna Salada Hotel adapted to local conditions and selected the most abundant local natural resources and used salt as a building material. When the salt is melted at a certain high temperature, some special materials are added, and a template is used to shape it. After cooling, it becomes an extremely strong salt brick. As the “Salt Palace”, the hotel took two years to build and used more than 1 million salt bricks.
  From the outside, this hotel is just a few low bungalows, very simple and natural. Only when you walk inside the hotel can you discover the hidden secrets.
  In addition to the roof, doors and windows made of wood, the rest of the hotel, such as walls, tables, chairs and beds, are made of salt. The ground is covered with a thick layer of salt grains, which is very soft when stepped on. Since the walls, pillars, and most of the furniture in the hotel are made of salt bricks and salt blocks directly connected with water, every time it rains, the penetration of rainwater will make the salt walls and salt tables stronger and stronger.
  It is worth mentioning that many guests are very curious about the various furnishings made of salt, and stick out their tongues to test the saltiness, as if their visit is in vain without tasting it themselves. In order to prevent people from “licking the wall”, the hotel specially hung the slogan “Only staying, no licking” on the wall to prevent the hotel’s various salt facilities from being licked thinner and thinner.
  For travelers who want to capture the urban style and natural scenery near the salt marsh, Salluna Salada Hotel is an ideal choice. The hotel is built on a high-lying saline-alkali land, surrounded by vast sandy land, sparsely populated and with stunning scenery.
  Looking out from the hotel, you can have a panoramic view of the Salar de Uyuni. The sand and salt marshes extend infinitely into the distance, as if they coincide with the sky. Salar de Uyuni was formed after a huge lake dried up about 40,000 years ago. It contains 10 billion tons of salt, but only 25,000 tons are mined every year.
  It should be noted that the world-famous “Sky Land” is actually a seasonal beauty. From December to March every year, the entire South America will usher in the rainy season. As the water rises, the crusty surface of the salt marsh turns into a smooth mirror, and the Salar de Uyuni becomes the closest place to the sky. During the day, the lake surface reflects the blue sky and white clouds, so spotless that pedestrians feel like they are walking in the sky. At this time, driving on the salt marsh is like being in a dreamlike fairy tale scene. The sky, the car, and the water are integrated into one, which is beautiful and magical.
  The Salar de Uyuni not only has extremely beautiful scenery, but also has many rare animals and plants: the enchanting thousand-year-old cactus, the rare hummingbird, the pink flamingo… which together constitute the most vivid scenery in the sky.
  Today, the Bolivian government has listed Salar de Uyuni as a tourist attraction with the most promotion value and potential, and is preparing to launch a series of extreme sports projects here, striving to turn this place into a sports paradise in the southern hemisphere.

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