Photo: David Boudreau/Flickr
The Salar de Uyuni in southwestern Bolivia is the largest salt flat in the world.At more than 4,000 square miles, it is a major source of minerals including lithium, potassium, and of course, salt.
It’s also one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. The journey to salt flats usually begins in Sucre, Bolivia, about 220 miles to the northeast and the home of the closest major airport.
David Boudreau, a QA engineer in New York, made the journey to the Salar de Uyuni during a three-month South American adventure in 2008. He shared his photos and experience with us.
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For most, the journey to the Salar de Uyuni starts in Sucre, Bolivia, about 220 miles to the northeast.
The salt flats were formed over thousands of years as the part of the transformation of a giant prehistoric lake. The trip is quite mountainous.
The town of Uyuni has around 21,000 residents. It's basically a gateway to the flats, but also has a popular train cemetery.
Here's what the salt flats look like from space. At more than 4,000 square miles, it is truly expansive.
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