Uyuni Salt Flat
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World's Largest Salt Flats
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers in the southwest portion of Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters. The Salar are a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes, despite of what you may think, it was never once under the sea. Beneath the salt lie world’s largest lithium reserves. President Evo Morales, in his anti-western corporation stance refuses to let foreign companies the right for extraction. A tour of the Salar is a must. During the raining season, a thin layer of rainwater accumulates, reflects the sky and you literally feel you are walking on the clouds. In the dry season, it is a vast expanse of white, as far as you can see and then some. It is so big and flat, everyone gets creative and takes optical illusion photos like the one above.
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Night Sky in the Middle of Nowhere
During your tour of Salar de Uyuni make sure you take a few minutes, step out of the simple lodging and look up at the sky after sun down. You are so far away from civilization, light pollution, and cloud covering it would be a shame to miss the night sky. At 4000 meters you are so close to the stars – you could almost touch it. It will be freezing cold out. That is just what happens when you are that high up. You will want to lay-down on the ground and take it all in. To see the expansiveness of the sky, decipher the satellites from the shooting stars and know you are part of it.
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