South America, Bolivia
Visiting Salar de Uyuni is like being in beautiful, white desert. It is the largest salt flat in the world measuring over 11,000 square kilometres. It was originally an a prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin, but over many years they dried forming the salt flats that exist today.
The salt flats are where the sky and the Earth meet and that’s why people come here every year. The bright white ground appears endless and it is impossible to see where the sky begins. This illusion created by the salt floors provides never-ending games to be played as you take photos (check out photos above). It’s a good idea to go with ideas of what photos you want to take as it is easy to walk away after and enter one of the bars or restaurants in Uyuni and see the many photos hanging on the walls and realise your ideas were poor when compared to many others. People actually take props with them in order to get that right photo.
Although Salar de Uyuni is definitely worth the visit, watch actually makes it even more special is getting to or from there. It’s possible to just visit the salt flats for a day trip, however most people do it a part a longer tour leaving from Uyuni or Tupiza. On these tours you spend time crossing the Andes reaching an amazing 5,000 metres above sea-level, so make sure you take something with you for altitude sickness, or suck on the coca leaves or drink coca tea to limit the side effects of travelling to these heights. On these tours through the mountain range you get an insight into rural Bolivian life. You sleep in the conditions they live in, so don’t expect luxury, but it certainly is authentic. You can see llamas, the ruins of abandoned towns, lakes with huge flocks of flamingos and get to know the local culture. It truly is an interesting experience. However, if you are expecting luxury it is not a good idea to go on these trips as they are very basic.
It doesn’t really matter where you leave from to do these trips, but it is kind of cool to leave from Tupiza and have the salt flats at the end of your trip by which time you’ll know everyone on your tour.
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