Salar de Uyuni


After arriving back to La Paz I headed south to visit Salar de Uyuni, the world’s biggest salt flat. Knowing the area was flooded and that tour operators advised travelers not to visit did not put me off as I had manage to sneak a look at some other travellers’ photos and the reflections were incredible. Perhaps the water made it even more interesting than had it been just miles and miles of chalky plains as far as the eye could see. The salty stretch covers around 12000 sq km and really is out of this world.

Obviously perspective deceiving shots were obligatory with some even utilising props…a ladder being the most bizarre but the whole place really was mind boggling. Even without camera trickery one loses all sense of perspective and distance, the horizon merges almost seamlessly with the ground and people, and jeeps just float in indistinguishable azure nothingness.

The salt flats were also recently featured on the BBC’s World’s Most Dangerous Roads with Phill Jupitus and Marcus Brigstocke.



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