You might not think plain dry landscapes like this could be a crap-load of fun at first glance, but Salar de Uyuni sure as hell is. You can turn it into a real playground and have an amazing time in this magical place. When you see the world’s largest salt flat, you’ll want to visit ASAP.
Salar de Uyuni, known as the largest salt flat in the world, is located in Bolivia. It stretches over 4,000 square miles across the Andes at 12,000 feet above sea level. The desert-like area was formed out of a number of prehistoric lakes tens of thousands of years ago.
As weather gets warmer during the summer months, the flat dries over creating cracks all over connecting to each other. It gives you the impression of walking on the crunchy sugar topping of a giant cake.
Salar de Uyuni is made up of about 11 billion tons of salt, of which about 127,000 tons is mined each year.
When the rainy season starts the flat is usually covered with a thin coating of water, due to a few inches of precipitation at most, that is expected in every month during this period.