If you’re in Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, or heck, even Peru, then I implore you to make sure the Uyuni Salt Flats in southern Bolivia is on your itinerary.
I know what you’re thinking, “Salt flats? Really? The place where all the clichéd photos of people fighting toy dinosaurs are taken?”
Well, my response to that is, “HELL YEA!”
It’s extremely tough to describe the breadth and otherworldliness of this place.
It’s impossible to imagine driving across a dried up 300km-wide lake for hours on end without seeing anything but mirage after mirage of distant mountains.
In the morning, you’ll be shuffled into one of many 1990s Landcruisers where your driver will first take you out to the local town that services the salt flats.
This town, Colchani, exists for two reasons:
- To harvest and package salt for Bolivian consumption; and
- To sell you hand-made clothes and las-minute photo props for your trip to the salt flats.
Whatever your penchant, it’s a nice little 30 minute stop to wake you up.
On the Salt Flats
Though at that point, you can sleep no longer.
To your left you’ll see a gang of motorcyclists scooting across the planes, and to your right will be another landcruiser charging ahead with you.
Eventually, Fish Island will approach to a scaleable point and you’ll start to get a level of context the huge ocean you just drove across.
Yes, this huge cactus-covered rock was once an island millions of years ago.
- Have you ever been to Uyuni Salt Flats?
- What’s your number one recommendation for the perfect clichéd photo?