The Incredible Salar de Uyuni

Trip Start May 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 05, 2011

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Friday, March 4, 2011


Day : 291
Temperature : 20 degrees
Weather : Partly cloudy

Our driver turned up and hour and a half late to collect us without a word of explanation and didn't even acknowledge that we'd been waiting for ages. This, really peed us off!  We think he'd been out the previous night for carnival and was maybe a bit hungover...but we will never know! There was a definite atmosphere in the car, he knew we weren't happy. Anyway, we were soon on our way to the incredible Salar de Uyuni full of excited aniticipation.

Here are a few interesting facts....

1. The Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, measuring 10, 582 square km.

2. It sits at 3,656 metres above sea level and contains 10 billion tonnes of salt!

3. It is extraordinarily flat. Variations of less than one metre occur over it's entire surface area.

4. The solid salt crust varies between several cm and several metres in thickness.

5. The crust covers a brine lake which contains up to 70% of the world's lithium stores.

6. During the rainy season, the Salar is covered by a layer of water.

7. The reflections caused by the water make it the world's largest natural mirror.

8. Because of it's size, stability and high surface reflection it is used to calibrate many of the world's major orbiting satellites.

Being in the Salar is extraordinary! The water reflects every cloud and mountain, making it impossible to tell where the horizon is, or how near or far objects are away from you. We spent
hours paddling around gawping at the scene before us, and messing around with the bizarre optical illusions taking crazy photographs.

There cannot be many places on earth like this...incredible!!

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Holly on

Fantastic photos and info on Salar! Another place added to the long list of places I'd like to visit. Good to speak to you both Sunday night, enjoy Bolivia.

Antony on

The optical illusions are great!! Real good photos from this visit. Antony

nomadic-brands on

Yeah, it was amazing! The optical illusions were bizarre...unfortunately we couldn´t do any sitting or lying down as we´d have gotten soaked! When my socks eventually dried out they were as hard as cardboard from all the salt...what a state we were all in!!

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