Are you looking to travel somewhere absolutely otherworldly? Well, we have found the place for you: Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia! Salar de Uyuni has something for everyone; whether you're a wildlife enthusiast, an explorer, photographer, or history buff, this place has it all.
According to wikipedia, The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world's lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted. But the Salar is more than just a geologic wonderland.
Salar de Uyuni is one of largest breeding ground for several species of pink flamingo as well as home for several other species of birds, mammals, and flaura.
The Salar also contains two other incredible attractions. Pictured above is Isla Incahuasi, which is situated in the middle of the salt flat. As well as the home of several unique species of cacti, the island is actually the remains of an ancient volcano, and today, visitors can see its prehistoric history in the form of fossils and coral deposits. Also of interest is the nearby "train cemetery."
The train cemetery dates back to the late 1800s when heavy mining was conducted in the area. However, the Aymara indians saw the train as an intrusion into their way of life, and through suberfuge, constantly sabatoged construction. Today, travelers can visit the remnants of the train system, and there are talks to turn the abandoned track into a museum.
Looking for a salt flat a little closer to home? Check out the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah!