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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons

    by Bolivia4x4 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons
    Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    Between heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the mountains.

    The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles-- it is only six to twenty inches deep.

    Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.

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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons

    by Bolivia4x4 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons
    Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    Between heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the mountains.

    The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles-- it is only six to twenty inches deep.

    Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.

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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons

    by Bolivia4x4 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons
    Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    Between heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the mountains.

    The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles-- it is only six to twenty inches deep.

    Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.

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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons

    by Bolivia4x4 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons
    Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    Between heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the mountains.

    The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles-- it is only six to twenty inches deep.

    Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.

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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons

    by Bolivia4x4 Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    Uyuni Salt Lake, white deserts and colored lagoons
    Eduardo Avaroa Reserve

    Between heaven and earth there is a great watery salt plain where the heavens are mirrored in the horizon of the earth. The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia's largest salt lake, was created forty thousand years ago as a flat bed into which the salty mineral residue drained from the mountains.

    The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles-- it is only six to twenty inches deep.

    Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.

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    Laguna Blanca

    by AlbuqRay Updated May 22, 2010

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    Flamingos in Flight at Laguna Blanca
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    Laguna Blanca is very close to Laguna Verde near the Chile border. There is an outpost there where you can catch a bus to San Pedro, Chile, if you are headed south. So my guide could get back to La Paz to take care of a family matter, we decided to drive all the way back to Uyuni that day. It took 7 hours. The flamingos we saw in Laguna Blanca may be Andean flamingos.

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    Salar Perspective-less Pictures

    by SanguiniA Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    Giant kitten of the Salar :)

    Savvy travellers know that the main source of fun on the Salar are the silly perspective-less pictures. Since everywhere is white, you lose your perscpective completely and it is hard to judge distances between objects. So you can get as creative as you want when taking pictures - guaranteed fun! Have a look at the picture here and those in the travelogue to see what I mean :)

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    Train Cemetary near Uyuni

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 27, 2010

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    Train Carcass in the Train Cemetary

    In the desolate, dusty outskirts of Uyuni there is a train cemetary. The setting is perfect for this collection of rusted, age-old locomotives forgotten in the middle of nowhere. Makes for some good photographic opportunities and some fun exploring the train carcasses.

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    Uyuni

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 27, 2010

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    Me at Uyuni

    Uyuni is a town in the middle of nowhere somewhere off the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. I guess it's primary function nowadays is for the tourists visiting the Salar. The town itself has one main road, and is not particularly appealing, except for watching people going about their own business, which unfortunately involve most men sitting around and getting drunk. My suggestion would be to spend as little time here as possible - though if you are stopping for lunch it is worthwhile to have a pizza here - they are delicious.

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    Arbol de Piedra

    by SanguiniA Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    Arbol de Piedra

    Strange geology is a norm in this area but this stone tree is still an attraction. This has been formed from erosion from wind and sand. But the particular shape occurred because there is more sand carried by wind close to the ground so the lower part of the original rock eroded much faster than the upper part forming the tree's trunk. This stone tree is located in the Siloli Desert.

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    Siloli Desert & 7-coloured mountain

    by SanguiniA Updated Feb 27, 2010

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    7-coloured Mountain

    The Siloli desert is a place where the reddish earth, rock formations and mountains contrast with the blue sky. As alien as anything else on this tour, this is spectacular scenery to drive through. The mountains are rich in various minerals, giving rise to interesting colour and pattern formations, predominantly red. One of my pictures is the 7-coloured mountain. Strange rock formations can also be admired, the most famous being the Arbol de Piedra.

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    Ollague Volcano

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 27, 2010

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    Ollague Volcano

    This is an active volcano, which can be seen puffing smoke. On the Uyuni trip you can usually stop on a mirador (lookout) for a great view of this volcano. Feels like a safe distance until the guide informs you that the boulders you are standing on for a better view have actually been catapulted from the volcano.

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    Laguna Hedionda

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 27, 2010

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    Flamingos Dancing on Laguna Hedionda
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    Yet another stunning lake hosting a multitude of flamingos. The scenery is typical of the area, but signs warn of poisoned waters, no doubt from whatever minerals are found in the waters, which also stink in some areas. But whatever is being warned to humans doesn't seem to affect the flamingos at all, as they were happily feeding and dancing in unison. Usually tours stop here for lunch, there are picnic tables and scenic views.

    The flamingos on this lake are much less skittish than the ones in Laguna Colorada for example, and it is possible to get quite close to them.

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    Incahuasi (a.k.a. Isla del Pescado)

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 27, 2010

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    View of Salar from Incahuasi Island
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    This is one of the islands jutting out of the Salar, made entirely of coral and inhabited by a silent army of giant cacti. Considering these cacti grow extremely slowly, just about 1cm a year, the size of some of them suggests that they are thousands of years old. The island is in a sea of shimmering white salt, making for the weirdest feeling. The climb to the top is totally worthwhile for a panoramic view of the weird surroundings. I was quite surprised to find animals at the top, viscachas - the weird little animals resembling something like a chinchilla or a rabbit with a long tail. Most tours opt to have their lunch stop here, and I am hard pressed to think of a weirder place where I had lunch.

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    Salar de Uyuni

    by SanguiniA Written Feb 26, 2010

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    The shimmering Salar de Uyuni

    The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world, and it is so massive it can be seen from space (about 10 000 sq km). While a vast expanse of white to drive through might sound boring, it is actually quite surreal and leaves all travellers amazed. The white of the salar is so white it actually looks like snow, and the altitude and dryness makes for exceptionally clear air and skies. The salar is at about 3600m of altitude and is incredibly flat. The salt crust is a few metres deep and beneath that there is a brine lake which is even deeper.

    The salt flats were formed when prehistoric lake dried up - visual evidence of this is that some of the "islands" protruding from the salar are actually made of coral. The very little wildlife there is here is all concentrated on the islands, as nothing can survive on the Salar itself.

    The salt is obviously harvested by the locals, but furthermore the Salar is very rich in minerals, most importantly Lithium. Scientists speculate that the salar might contain up to 70% of the total lithium reserves in the world. Lithium is an essential component of batteries, and there might be huge demand for lithium in the future, especially if electric cars become highly commercial. As yet, these reserves are untapped, because the Bolivian Government has no resources to extract it, but discussions are taking place to reach agreements with foreign countries to have this exploited. I just hope they will not ruin such a magical place.

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