A total of 7,949 people, mainly from Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Beni and Tarija, visited the Salar de Uyuni, Potosí, during the long holiday of ‘Corpus Christi’ and the ‘Andean and Amazonian New Year of the Chaco’, which coincided with over the weekend, this was reported by the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Wilma Alanoca.
«Commonly, in the low season there is a flow of vehicles per day of between 80 and 90 vehicles with 540 tourists and in high season, a transit of 190 vehicles with 1,140 passengers, but in comparison to the four days of the holiday we have had a significant growth of 1,987 tourists per day, making a total of 7,949 visitors to the salt, «said Cambio.
In addition, he mentioned that, according to preliminary data, an economic movement of Bs 250 million was generated, product of a tourist flow of more than 300,000 people in the central axis of the country (La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz) plus Uyuni, which is the attractive principal that our country possesses.
Salar de Uyuni is the largest continuous and high salt desert in the world. It is located in the southwest of Bolivia, in the province of Daniel Campos, in the department of Potosí, within the highland region of the Andes mountain range.
This place is the largest reserve of lithium in the world, and also has significant amounts of potassium, boron and magnesium.
According to the authority, this factor reflects the healthy economy in Bolivia, since people have higher incomes and that allows them to plan family trips.
«In the coming days we will release the official data, including commercial expenses for lodging, gastronomy, among other factors that drive the national economy,» he said.
He also added that long holidays were well accepted by private and public tourism companies because they represent good profits. «They suggested adapting the holidays, so that there is an advance planning so that families can organize their trips.»