Yolanda Mamani Cayo / La Paz
At least 30 loving couples will swear eternal love to each other and say “I do” in the collective marriage that will be held on May 20 in the Salar de Uyuni, Potosí.
The director of the Civic Registry Service (Serecí) of Potosí, Kieffer Condori, informed Página Siete that this is the first time that there will be a collective wedding in the immense white mantle of Uyuni, considered one of the main tourist attractions in South America.
“We have the activity scheduled for Friday, May 20. The collective marriage will take place in the middle of the salt flat, near the Hotel de Sal. There is a lot of expectation for this activity,” said Condori.
To date, the official said that 23 couples have been registered with the Serecí de Potosí and it is expected that at least 30 will attend the ceremony on Friday the 20th. do it.
“The call is open. We continue to socialize the activity. So far, couples from Cochabamba and La Paz, in addition to Potosí, have also been confirmed,” said Condori.
The registration or registration period for collective marriage expires on Thursday, May 12. “After the 12th they will no longer be able to register, because among other things we have to process the edicts and comply with all the legal procedure.”
The future spouses must register with the Serecí meeting the basic requirements of a civil marriage, such as the original birth certificates, the original civil status certificates, two witnesses and the current identity cards of the contracting parties, in addition to copies of all papers.
for the big day
For Friday, May 20, the Serecí de Potosí will enable a bus to transport the bride and groom and their two witnesses to the Salar de Uyuni. Transportation will be round trip.
However, couples who so wish can be accompanied by their family and friends, but they will have to travel to the place on their own.
The celebration of the collective marriage will be in charge of five officers of the Civil Registry of the city of Uyuni.
The Salar de Uyuni is located in the southwest of Potosí in Bolivia, it has an area of 10,582 square kilometers and is considered the largest and highest salt desert on planet earth, since it is at a height of 3,600 meters above sea level. .
Between December and April, which is the rainy season in the region, the Salar de Uyuni dresses in a layer of water that transforms the entire white plain into an extraordinary reflection of the sky and the clouds.
And between May and November you can see the symmetrical hexagons of salt crust that forms throughout the plain.