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If a Bolivian Salt Flats tour isn’t on your
travel bucket list, add it now. The Salt Flats themselves are
the definite highlight of the tour, but they only constitute one of the four
days of the trip. This is actually a tour of southwestern Bolivia, and
never in my life have I felt more like an astronaut.
Other-worldly landscapes await you on this indescribable jeep trip through scenes out of a fantasy land. Red and green colored lagoons, pink flamingos and other unique wildlife, geysers, volcanoes, and geothermal wonders, painted mountains, bizarre rock formations, and the feeling of being on the moon are just a sampling of the highlights of the other three days. Then there’s the Salt Flats themselves. The highest and largest in the world, the Salt Flats are a wonder like no other. Bright white stretching as far as the eye can see, contrasting with the deep blue skies, offers a scene that simply doesn’t look, seem, or feel real. A magical place that has people of every age acting like children, a trip to the Salar de Uyuni is a memorable one.
Salar de Uyuni is the most photographed site in Bolivia and is what draws many people to the country.
An area that seems to be from space, the salt flats are at an altitude of nearly 12,000 ft and nearly 5000 sq miles in area. Photos from these salt flats have Dali-like appearances as there is no horizon perspective in the bright salt landscape. There is no bad time to visit, during the rainy season from November to March a small layer of water creates a gorgeous reflection.