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Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region South America

Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region Holidays

Uyuni / Salar De Uyuni Region Travel

Wrap up warm, it is time to head to the icy region of Uyuni, a small town in a harsh corner of southwest Bolivia. Prepare for your bones to ache as cold winds whip around you, a small price to pay for what lies in store for the travellers who pass through on their way to start their tour of Salar de Uyuni. There is not a whole lot on offer in the actual town of Uyuni but it is filled with friendly locals who are always up for a chat with visitors. Now, gear up and get ready for the real reason you came - the salt flats of Uyuni.

Stretching out over 12,000km, this huge expanse that was once a prehistoric lake is now the world's largest salt flat and also contains the majority of the world's lithium reserves. You might well have seen photos of this vast, salty desert, but nothing can prepare even the most experienced traveller for the sensation of seeing it in the flesh. Perfectly flat, the Salar de Uyuni has gained popularity with travellers not just for its mind blowing beauty, but also because it is the best place in the world for trick photography.

Many people who visit the salt flats will bring props with them in order to take skewed perspective photos, making themselves look tiny or massive in comparison to other people or objects. When it rains, however, photo opportunities take on a whole new light as the entire surface of the flats becomes one giant mirror. The perfect, unadulterated reflection of the sky in the water is a sight that you are guaranteed never to forget, whether you take photos or not. While it is possible to visit the salt flats in a day, most people choose to take a 2 or 3 day tour to make the most of their experience.

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