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Creative photography in the Uyuni salt desert

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Covering 11,000 square kilometers, the Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world and probably one of the most impressive highlights of South America. Named after the nearby town of Uyuni, the salt lake was created by the mass drying of the prehistoric palaeo Tauca, which covered the highlands of Bolivia around 100,000 years ago. The remnant of the evaporation process was the salt, which now covers a plateau 3670 meters above sea level, extending over an area larger than Lower Bavaria.

The salt – and the remains of billions of dead shellfish that once populated this sea – now form a mirror-smooth, seemingly endless white surface interspersed with brightly colored sulphur lakes and bizarre coral islands. It makes an incredible backdrop for photographs.

Tip 1: Get playful

The endless white surface of the Salar de Uyuni is a ripe canvas for creativity. Why not take a few stuffed animals, toy cars and other things that might be suitable for a funny photo. Here are some ideas:

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Tip 2: The rainy season is particularly spectacular!

Since the Bolivian highlands form a loose water runoff system, every in rainy reason (from February to April) the Salar fills with water, which then evaporates by May. After the heavy rains, driving over the Salar de Uyuni is difficult, but but it’s worth it for the spectacular photos.

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Tip 3: Try to capture the incredible colors

The watery history of the Salar de Uyuni is evident from the coral reefs on the island Inkahuasi. In the south of the Salar de Uyuni, you can see the bizarre volcanic and desert landscapes of the Lipez-provinces. They are home to many protected species such as the Vicunhas. You can also see flamingoes in the lagoons of the region.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Laguna Colorada

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Altiplano

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Altiplano

Tip 4: Visit the Train Graveyard

Photo by JohnMacdonald on PanoramioPhoto by JohnMacdonald on Panoramio

Photo: Andre Kiwitz, viventura
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Tip 5: Travel to Salar de Uyuni with Viventura

Viventura offers fantastic, customisable tours taking in the Salar de Uyuni. A typical tour will start with La Paz, then to Salar de Uyuni with a Jeep Tour then to the train graveyard.

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Written by Benno Schmidt. Translated by Alistair Moore

Have you ever been to the Salar de Uyuni? Do you have any funny photos of your own that you want us to include in this blog article?

Viventura specializes in individual and group tours to Bolivia. To find out more, contact us now by email or telephone:

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