The traverse of the Bolivian and Chilean altiplanos to the Uyuni salt flats, the world’s largest and highest, offers a journey of adventure in comfort. Amid the stark landscape of iridescent white earth and boiling geysers, trekkers wander through shepherded villages preserved in the amber of another century.
The first thing travellers will notice about the altiplanos is the elevation - walks typically range from 10,000 to 14,000 feet. The second is the steadfastly sunny weather, which highlights the desert sky’s immensity.
The enormity of the salts flats, fringed by mountains and volcanoes, is best pondered at day’s end, while sitting in a camp chair with a glass of Chilean Carménere. A chef prepares open-air meals with seafood flown in from the coast. Stay overnight in ancient stone-and-straw homes refinished with local textiles and hardwood flooring.
Trip season: April to November.