Several years ago, I visited one of the most beautiful natural sights in South America – Salar de Uyuni. Located in Bolivia, it is the largest salt flat in the world. It is situated in a fairly remote area, but is a popular tourism destination of Bolivia. Most people visit Uyuni by an organized 4×4 tour. Each jeep (typically a Toyota Landcruiser, actually) accommodates 5 people and follows roughly a preset route – the train cemetery, the salt flats, the Incahuasi oasis “island”, a few high-altitude locations such as Laguna Colorada and Laguna Verde and then optionally, the Chilean border crossing point for those heading on to Chile.

I was rather disappointed when I arrived at Uyuni village to arrange my tour and found out that the 4×4 route does not include a stop at the flooded section of the flat, due to both its remoteness and the dangers of driving there. The stroke of luck would have it that on the very same evening I bumped into a group of young Koreans who chartered a separate jeep to travel to the flooded part of the Salar that forms a giant, perfectly still mirror. It was a real photographic highlight of the whole trip. Below are the photos from the several days that I spent at Uyuni.

The Korean group I joined
Uyuni sunset
Flooded salt flat
Starry night, just after sundown
Incahuasi “island” in the middle of the salt flat is covered with giant cacti
Arbol de Piedra – the stone “tree” formation
A local boy playing football on the Salar
A friendly llama of the Altiplano
A stand of flamingos at Laguna Colorada
The long shadow of Uyuni