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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni

In the southwest corner of Bolivia, where it borders Chile in the Atacama desert, is a rugged transport route along the Bolivian altiplano. Now, intrepid travelers are visiting, ready to snap pics of this unusual desert landscape, dotted with lakes of improbable colors (red and green), which are an important breeding ground for several species of flamingoes. Later on in this multi day crossing usually referred to as the Salar de Uyuni (Uyuni salt lake), visitors come to the giant white salt pan, where much of the world’s lithium and other mineral salts are surface-mined. Pyramidal piles of salt dry in the sun, while vehicles drive slowly over the glassy, mirror-like surface of the lake that comes with the southern summer rains. Rustic lodging often includes a stay at a hotel made of salt slabs, and expect llama chops one night for dinner.