Don’t lick the walls at this Bolivian hotel. No really, that’s a strictly enforced rule at the 30-room Hotel Palacio de Sal, which is made entirely of salt.
The hotel, as well as most of its furniture — tables, chairs, beds — is made of around 10,500 tons of the seasoning.
There’s an onsite restaurant too. Their signature dish? Salt chicken.
That’s because, located on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, salt is an abundant material to work with.
The hotel’s location is remote but stunning: the Salar de Uyuni salt flat is 4,000 square miles of barren, salty crust, that can even be seen from space, and is so white it resembles a snowy glacier.
Salar de Uyuni is thought to have once been a prehistoric lake that dried up, or, according to local legend, a lake of tears cried by a grieving mother.
Either way, for once you should pray for rain on your vacation, because water makes the salt flat even more incredible, turning it into a giant mirror of sorts.
Story by Sophie-Claire Hoeller and editing by Stephen Parkhurst
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