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Salar de Uyuni

Location: Uyuni, Bolivia

Uyuni, at the top of the Andes ranges in Bolivia, is sorrounded by weird and wonderful barren landscapes...but unfortunatey the only real way to see them is with 7 other people in a Lancruiser for 3 or 4 days...which we did of course... all for US per person!

20 Jun 2006, 1:56PM

The Salar is 12,000 square kilometres of stark white, and naturally forms these cool hexagonal (no need to email if I have the wrong form here - it sounds like I know what I am talking about!) shapes. In June and July there is no rain so the contrast is even greater against the beautiful clear blue skies.

20 Jun 2006, 1:16PM

Some locals make their living by manually scraping up the top 10cm of salt with a chisel and shovel - not too sure if the workers union has got them decent sunglasses as part of their kit, but if I had to guess I think not!

20 Jun 2006, 4:19PM

Did I mention the cactus were big?! The biggest is (apparenty) 12m, although didnīt look it....

20 Jun 2006, 4:00PM

Isla de Pescadores is in the middle of the īseaī of salt, and if thatīs not weird enough, has these fantastic cactus all over it.

21 Jun 2006, 3:16PM

The Tree rock - this whole area has heaps of great rock forms thanks to wind erosion over many years. This is as close to a tree as you will see in the area!

21 Jun 2006, 11:53AM

Llama just enjoying the fine weather and vistas.

21 Jun 2006, 4:13PM

Laguna Colorada - the colour in the water is from the minerals in it, not a reflection of the mountain behind.

21 Jun 2006, 2:34PM

Great colours from various minerals in the soil, coupled with no trees or other features, make this place look like Mars at times.

22 Jun 2006, 9:47AM

More photos from Mars.

21 Jun 2006, 4:42PM

Flamingoes at sunset. So hard to creep up on these guys for a photo...or maybe I didnīt?!

23 Jun 2006, 11:39AM

On the last day we visited a number of amazing lava flows / formations and canyons...but couldnīt tell you their names even if I wanted to....850km and 4 days in the car with 5 other tourist (plus guide and a cook) generaly adds up to fatigue for me!

22 Jun 2006, 11:04AM

Laguna Verde and 6,000m Volcan Lincancabur above it. The rocks in the foreground are actually under the frozen water at the edge of thre lake.