Thursday, March 4, 2010

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia

At 10,582 square kilometres, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world. The salar and surrounding region was one of the most unique landscapes we have ever encountered. This is certainly a place we would like to revisit one day.

Long line of cars, mostly tour company 4x4s (including ours), waiting for the gas station's weekly fuel delivery Monday morning.

The gas truck finally arrives.

Filling up the fuel containers on the roof (incase you are wondering, the fuel pump gauge is reading ~ $80.00 for 128 litres).

Souvenir stand in a small community at the edge of the salt flats

Salt harvest mounds

A spring in the salt flat

A former hotel constructed from salt bricks. Salt hotels are now prohibited on the salt flats as they were found to be too destructive on the fragile environment. This salt hotel has been transformed into a picnic area and souvenir shop.

And no trip to Salar de Uyuni would be complete without cheesy forced perspective photos.

There are no real roads on the salar, so if you don't go with a guide it is easy to get lost.


"Fish Island"

Salt beds in our salt hotel at the edge of the salar.

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