An Italian citizen, Chiara Gemmo, 26, a researcher from Montagnana (Padua), died along with 4 other tourists in a car accident in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. It was announced by the local media, which explained that the car in which the 5 deceased tourists (besides the Italian young woman there were also 3 Belgians, and one Peruvian citizen) rolled over, apparently because of a blown tire or excessive speed.
Three other tourists, two Peruvians and a Bolivian, have been injured. Not everyone’s identity, among those involved, has been specified, but we know that four victims are women. The tourist group was traveling on a tour bus. The incident, explained Rodolfo Salazar, head of the local police, took place on Saturday night. The injured were hospitalized in Potosi, 200 km away from the accident site.
The Salar de Uyuni, the main tourist spot of Bolivia, is a huge desert of salt (10,582 km²). It is one of the largest deserts in the world and by far the largest salt flat on our planet. It is located in the Potosi and Oruro departments, on the southern Andean plateau of Bolivia, and is located at a remarkable height (3,650 meters above sea level). It was formed following the drying up of a huge prehistoric salt lake. It is the destination of thousands of tourists every year, but what happened on that Saturday has been the only fatal accident recorded in a long time.