The Surreal Desert of Salvador Dalí in Bolivia

Desert Salvador Dali Bolivia
After talking to you about the Sacsayhuaman Fortress of Peru, today we continue in South America, although this time we moved to Bolivia, a country that many do not take into account when deciding on their holiday destination but which has a lot to offer the traveler. And we must not forget that it is one of the eight countries with the greatest biodiversity on the planet, which has impressive colonial cities declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and that indigenous peoples keep their traditions and languages ​​alive.

Today we want to tell you about one of the most impressive natural wonders of Bolivia. We are referring to Salvador Dalí desert, which is as surreal as the works of the Catalan painter. Do you want to know more details? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below!


Also known as Dalí, this desert located in the southwest of Bolivia, specifically in the south of the department of Potosí, belongs to the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. It is a desert of 110 square kilometers that stands out for its landscape stripped off and arid. Of course, as you can see for yourself in the images that we show you in the gallery, in some areas strange and isolated rock formations appear, reminiscent of the landscapes that the painter Salvador Dalí captured in his works. Therefore, it is not surprising that the place was named as the Catalan artist, known for the surrealism of his works.

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Flora and fauna

Despite being an arid area, some species of trees and plants can be found that have adapted to the dryness, low temperatures and high salinity of the place. In the same way, it is also possible to find animals, like 80 species of birds and mammals such as fox, cougar and vicuña, from the camelid family.

Supernatural colors

Apart from the strange rocky shapes that can be found in the Dalí Desert, some in the shape of trees, what is most striking in the area is the wide range of supernatural colors that can be observed, something that is due to the minerals that overflow from the earth thanks to the volcanic and geothermal activity of the place.

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Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve

A few kilometers from the Salvador Dalí Desert is a complex of geysers and lagoons, among which the Green Lagoon, the Laguna Colorada and the Laguna Salada stand out, each with a unique glow. These are places where flamingo communities abound. They are also part of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve, the area protected from Bolivia most visited. In this place, located between the heights of the Andes, high mountains can be found, which are formed by active volcanoes. In addition, wherever you go you will find unique landscapes. Of course, it must be taken into account that it is one of the least developed areas of the country, and that it is one of the most attractive for tourism. If you plan to visit the Dalí Desert or any corner of this national reserve, it is better to enter the area with a guide. And if you want to travel independently, do not forget to register your departure at the Uyuni Regional Tourism Office, indicating the approximate time of your visit.

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Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you can find more images of the Savaldor Dali Desert and the surroundings. Are you going to miss it? We assure you that you will love them!

Lagunas Route in Bolivia on a motorbike: Laguna Colorada and Salvador Dali Desert (June 2023)

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