While some travel destinations boast “we have everything,” there are also some destinations that attract tourists from around the world because they have absolutely nothing. This includes deserts mountain peaks, and even the open sea. In this case, tourists seeking “absolute nothing,” will be delighted in traveling to Salar De Uyuni — the worlds largest salt flat. Here, desolation and mindbogglingly beautiful absence of the “normal” sights of the world.
Salar De Uyuni is located in the extreme southwest of Bolivia, in South America. The salt flats are nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, near the tops of the Andes Mountains, some of the harshest terrain on earth. The salt flats, are literally just that: a flat plain of salt that has encrusted itself into a thin layer of pure salt. Due to its extreme dryness, high elevation, and nearly perfect flatness, the sun reflecting off of this area turns Salar De Uyuni into the worlds largest mirror. The light and sky above, reflects off of the waves of heat and radiation fuming from the ground, and create a perfect mirror image of the world above you, just below your feet.
There are no hotels in the area, nor fine dining, nor shops… only the beauty of nature.
Nature does a pretty good job of keeping you entertained and awed though. Aside from the side of the gigantic mirror effect, there is also a small “island” in the middle of the salt flat that is able to support a small sample of flora and fauna, and offers a small peak — where you can get a high vantage point of view of the surrounding salt flats in all directions. While life doesn’t necessary flourish here, it is home to large herds of pink flamingos that use the land as their main worldly breeding grounds.
While this trip is a bit extreme — and certainly won’t be for every traveler — it is a great destination for extreme hikers, photographers, and those that simply want to see some of nature’s most beautiful masterpieces.