The West

Five Australian tourists who became lost in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, have been found safe and well.

The tourists, aged between 21 and 31, went missing after leaving the nearby southern city of Tupiza on Thursday, Colonel Denis Duchen, police chief of the department of Potosi, said.

Today, a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman confirmed the Australians had been found safe by lunchtime, local time.

The La Razon newspaper website says the five Australians were returning to La Paz. It’s understood their van became stuck in mud.

The search for their tour guide is continuing.

There are no roads in the Salar, which is located near the crest of the Andes, some 3650 metres above sea level, and spread across a desolate expanse of 12,000 square kilometres.

Visitors usually navigate their way around the treacherous landscape by relying on tracks left by previous vehicles, but these can be washed out by heavy rain.

The West Australian

Latest News From The West

WA police, nurses and other public essential services workers would be banned from going on strike under a policy proposal to be put to the Liberal Party’s State Conference next month.

A lucky Australian man has won his own remote Pacific island resort in a raffle, after shelling out just US$49 for the winning ticket to claim the paradise property.

Police raided a notorious chain of smoke shops across Perth yesterday as it revealed officers seized more than 4500 packages of synthetic substances from the outlets last financial year.

Popular videos

Our Picks

Follow Us

More from The West