Bolivia – Uyuni Salt Flats

With an area of 3,900 square miles, Salar de Uyuni is the worlds largest salt flats, near the crest of the Andes at an elevation of 3,656 metres above sea level.

The salt flats were formed from from prehistoric lakes now covered by a few metres of salt crust covered with a pool of brine which is exceptionally rich in a Lithium, containing between 50% to 70% of the world’s reserves.

At certain times of the year the annual rainy season turns the flats into the worlds largest mirror, some 80 miles across, providing a great opportunity for photography.

Most of the tours will take you in a 4×4 jeep across the flats and the driver will help set up a number of perspective photos for your group, see the video below for an example… you will also see other groups doing similar moves making for quite a surreal site!

Most tours will also take you to the Ice restaurant on the flats where your driver will put out your group lunch. You can buy drinks and snacks, if feeling adventurous there are basic toilets there too!

The salt flats have featured in the Dakar Rally in the past but the landscape can prove dangerous for fast speed travel.

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