The product of months of on-site research, writing, sketching and painting in appalling weather conditions, this delightful little book contains first-hand knowledge of the geology, biodiversity and native culture surrounding Bolivia’s magnificent Salar de Tunupa, the largest salt lake in the world and now the country’s prime tourist attraction.

Tunupa (also known as Uyuni) salt lake is also an extremely fragile ecosystem and for centuries has been an important cultural and spiritual reference for local populations.

The book has been donated to local communities and schools, and sold to tourists and conservation organisations.

To obtain a copy, contact Lois Jammes (

The Salt Lake of Tunupa (English edition), Asociación Armonía & TOTAL Bolivia, 2000.
Text: Lois Jammes & Martin Specht.
Watercolours and line sketches: Oscar Tintaya.
Photos: Lois Jammes
Cartoons: A.J. Hesse

Salt extraction is still an important economic activity.

The salt lake can be treacherous to the overly confident: in some places, thin-crusted salt can give way to deep wells of saline water.

When I visited the salt lake I met an extraordinary character who was traversing the Andes by bicycle.

This is the traditional mode of transport.

A common form of transport linking Uyuni with the outside world.

Lois Jammes, author of the book, bush pilot, poet, naturalist, musician and artist

Oscar Tintaya, watercolour artist.

Martin Specht, co-author and geologist