Salar de Uyuni: A Journey in Photographs

There are some countries you travel to and love, others that you don’t really care for and want to leave right away.  But none are really boring or forgettable, at least to me.  One of my least favorite countries to date has been Bolivia.  It’s the third poorest country in Latin America where most roads are unpaved, people can be quite unfriendly, shrunken llama heads are sold at the market (ok, that was still kind of cool) and the meals I ate there all blend together into one menu del dia (fixed-price meal of the day) comprised of rice, potatoes and chicken.  I never really wanted to visit the country, but it was in between Northern Argentina and Peru on my backpacking trip throughout South America by bus.  Nonetheless, even though I’ve concluded that it’s not on my To Revisit list, I still recommend it to people.  Why?  The Salar de Uyuni, or Uyuni Salt Flats.  Simple as that.  Instead of explaining in detail, I’ll show you just what this out-of-this-world location has to offer.

Bolivian Kids in the town of Uyuni

Bolivian Kids in the town of Uyuni

The Vast Salar de Uyuni

Salt Hotel- Tasty!

Salt Hotel- Tasty!

Fish Island- Full of Cacti

Fish Island- Full of Cacti

Chullpas Cemetery - located in a nearby cave

San Juan Rosario- A lady and her llamas

San Juan Rosario- A Bolivian Lady and her Llamas

San Juan Rosario- Llamas Around a Pond

San Juan Rosario- Llamas Around a Pond

Just Past the Vulcan de Ollague

Rock Formations

Rock Formations

Laguna Chiarkota- See the Flamingos?

Laguna Chiarkota- See the Flamingos?

Chiarkota Flamingos- A Closer View

Chiarkota Flamingos- A Closer View

The Bolivian Viscocha- Cross between a Rabbit and a Rat?

The Bolivian Viscocha- Cross between a Rabbit and a Rat?

Arbol de Piedra- Rock Tree

Arbol de Piedra- Rock Tree

Geysers at Sunset

Geysers at Sunrise

Did we land on Mars?

Did we land on Mars?

Laguna Verde- Green Lagoon

Laguna Verde- Green Lagoon

Laguna Verde- All of us backpackers at the Green Lagoon

Laguna Verde- All of us backpackers at the Green Lagoon

The Train Cemetery- Appropriate for the end of the tour

The Train Cemetery- Appropriate for the end of the tour

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11 thoughts on “Salar de Uyuni: A Journey in Photographs

    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Thank you! The landscape is so gorgeous it’s quite difficult to take a bad picture! Haha. I didn’t know anything about Butch and Sundance- so thank you for teaching me something. I’ll have to take a look at the western film- is it worthwhile?

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  1. Merry says:

    What beautiful photos! Reminds me of Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings, a little. But really, stunning pictures. Might like to visit someday between other places on a backpacking trip like you! 🙂

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    • Cristina Luisa says:

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, Merry, and for the compliment! Yes, the Salar de Uyuni is a place that has some of the most surreal landscapes I’ve ever seen. You should definitely visit South America! Have you been backpacking or what kind of travel do you usually do?

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