Surrounded by heaven

Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat on Earth, and when covered with water, it becomes a natural mirror – and an unforgettable sight.

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Endless vastness rolling away to the horizon, blazing light: Salar de Uyuni on the Altiplano plateau in Bolivia has a crust of salt that’s several meters thick in some places and weighs roughly 10 billion tons. Every year, around 25 000 tons of salt are extracted. When rainfall is plentiful, the world’s largest salt flat (10 582 square kilometers in area) is transformed into a lake that mirrors the sky, making it seem close enough to touch – a magnificent sight, and well worth the organized, three-day, off­roader tour to get you there.