Tag Archives: Salar de Uyuni. Chile. Bolivia

Losing perspective in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

28 Jul

From San Pedro de Atacama it was off to the largest salt flats in the world…I know I am using a lot of superlatives in this trip but South America seems to have the biggest, driest, highest, highest navigable, highest of its kind….of everything…which is pretty cool.

I passed from Chile to Bolivia and here is the Bolivian border crossing….pretty simple huh?

Bolivian border crossing

Bolivian border crossing

The salt flats are utterly amazing.  The whole area used to be a lake called Lago Minchin which, when it dried up, left some water behind and salt pans.  They remove many tons of salt each year and underneath the salt pans is said to be the world’s biggest supply of lithium.  I asked some people why this has not been exploited to date and they said that the government was still deciding what to do with it.  The depth of the salt is over 100 metres which makes me feel safer having done a jeep tour over them.  The salt pans themselves are 12,000 kilometres square and how our driver found his way over them is amazing!!! He told us that sometimes they come to make new tracks in the salt…simply by driving over them a few times to make a new road…..I can get lost in a market..how can you navigate through 12,000 square kilometres with nothing to give you perspective. Wow wow wow!!!

En route to the salt flats are some pretty awesome lakes.

Laguna Blanca

Laguna Blanca

And some cool cairns….I love cairns…

Cairns

Cairns

And the best kind of tree….a stone tree….it never needs any water….

Stone tree at the Dali Rock Desert

Stone tree at the Dali Rock Desert

The night before we got to the salt flats themselves we stayed in a very cool hotel, all made of salt..if you needed salt for dinner you could simply pick it up off the floor..the only difficult thing was resisting licking things to see if they tasted of salt!!!!

And then it was off to the salt flats…..only word for these is WOW WOW WOW….all perspective is gone and you can do some pretty fun things with a camera and a little bit of imagination….

On a knife edge, Salar de Uyuni

On a knife edge, Salar de Uyuni

Man, this coffee is going to be expensive

Man, this coffee is going to be expensive

Who can I sue if I slip??

Who can I sue if I slip??

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