When you think of salt flats, visions of a boring road trip with your parents might come to mind. But Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats, located in Bolivia, will definitely change that preconception. Occupying over 4,000 square miles nearly 12,000 feet above sea level in the Andes, the magical destination is anything but boring.
While it might seem unlikely, the salt flats were formed tens of thousands of years ago from a number of prehistoric lakes.
During the warmer months, the flats dry over and reveal their true, salty nature.
Speaking of salt, there’s a lot of it! Somewhere around 11 billion tons, actually.
About 27,000 tons are mined each year.
Come the rainy season, which actually isn’t all that wet — at most, a few inches per month — the flats receive a thin coating of water.
This offers a striking visual for tourists.
You might say it looks like you’re walking on clouds.
Popular times to visit are at sunrise and sunset.
And it’s pretty clear why that is.
The vastness is incredible, but once you come to the edge of the flats, the landscape changes drastically.
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