The Breathtaking Salar de Uyuni Salt Flats

Salt Flat Salar de Uyuni

The largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni, is situated in southwestern Bolivia, and photographers from all over the world lure into it because of its unique landscape. The location was once a part of the prehistoric lake Lago Minchin, and after the lake dried up a few seasonal puddles were left, among them Salar de Uyuni. It comprises over 10,000 square kilometers and in the center the salt is over 10 meters thick.

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Salar de Uyuni Tours and Weather

In a case of rain, the surface turns into a giant mirror, giving the illusion of earth and sky merging. There are special tours to Salar de Uyuni lasting usually 3 to 4 days, conducted in 4x4s, with accommodation in basic refuges. The weather can turn a cold shoulder, but it worth the incredible scenery. From a sea of blindingly bright salts to colored minerals, the landscape is truly unforgettable. Since accident are not unheard of, pick your tour operator wisely, you don’t want your fantasy landscape to turn ugly on you.