Uyuni Salt Flats

 

Salar de Uyuni, amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a desertlike, 6,800 square mile landscape of bright-white salt, extravagant rock formations and cacti-studded islands.  It was part of a prehistoric salt lake, Lago Minchín, which once covered most of southwest Bolivia. When it dried up, it left a couple of seasonal puddles and several saltpans, including the Salar de Uyuni.

 

Its otherworldly expanse can be observed from central Incahuasi Island. Though wildlife is rare in this unique ecosystem, it does harbor many pink flamingos.

 

The savage beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of South America's most awe-inspiring spectacles.  From strange islands in a sea of blindingly bright salt to delicately colored mineral lakes in the Andean mountains, this is an unforgettable Bolivian landscape.

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