World's Greatest Places 2021
Incahuasi island, Uyuni salt-flat in Bolivia
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July 20, 2021 6:33 AM EDT

Salar de Uyuni is perhaps Bolivia’s best-known geological wonder, thanks to its blindingly white landscape. From December through April, rainwater blankets the salt-crusted surface, creating a mirror effect with the deep blue sky, melding into the distant horizon. Hot on the heels of Kachi Lodge—featured in TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places—another destination hotel recently opened near the famous salt flats: Explora’s Uyuni Lodge, a minimalist base close to Tunupa volcano and run in partnership with local families. It’s part of the new Travesía Atacama-Uyuni experience, a multiday 4×4 journey taking travelers from the world’s driest desert in Chile to the world’s largest salt flats with local homestays in between. —Travis Levius

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