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Image Credit: Flickr User Tomas Rawski

Image Credit: Flickr User Tomas Rawski

No, no. That guy walking in the clouds ain’t Jesus 😀 Nor is he Keanu Reeves! 😆

What you’re looking at is the world’s largest reflective salt desert, stretching across an area of 12,000 sq. kms! 😯

Any traveler worth his salt (pun intended) 😆 must give Salar De Uyuni in Bolivia a shot once in his lifetime. Juxtaposed against the fiery crimson of the Andes, this vision in white is a sight to behold!

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Image Credit: Flickr User kk+

The ground beneath your feet is pure salt, hard-packed and completely flat with an intricate honeycomb pattern to it. It almost appears parched under the scorching sun.

The miracle occurs when this high-altitude region receives a shower. The entire terrain transforms into a shiny mirror and reflects the heavens! Literally!!!

Image Credit: Flickr User Santiago S.V.

Image Credit: Flickr User Santiago S.V.

The origins of this mammoth salt flat can be traced back to the prehistoric ages. Lake Minchin, an extremely salty lake, stood in its place some forty thousand years ago. A host of climatic changes conspired to create the Uyuni. There being no decent drainage outlet owing to a mountainous perimeter, the waters of the lake slowly began evaporating leaving behind copious amounts of salt- as much as 10 billion tons!!!

With no apparent paucity of the mineral, there are some very exciting creations in store for you at the Uyuni. What if I tell you there’s an entire restaurant replete with furniture crafted from salt blocks!?! 😯 Check it out:

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Image Credit: Flickr User Gorski

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Image Credit: Flickr User Wallygrom

Let’s just hope they don’t have only one item on their menu. SALT!!! 😆 😆 😆

Not many sights in the world can boast of surroundings just as spectacular! Flanking the salt pan on the north is the imposing Volcan Tunupa, an active volcano that erupts into gorgeous hues!

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Volcan Tunupa

Skimming the fringes of the white-washed landscape might prove to be a rewarding exercise. You’ll spot the oh-so-adorable Lama if nothing else!

Image Credit: Flickr User Jessie Reeder

Image Credit: Flickr User Jessie Reeder

The south of the Uyuni is a photographer’s dream come true! Candy-pink flamingos flirting with the sapphire blue waters of sylvan lakes and the scarlet of the Andes overpowering the canvas!

Image Credit: Flickr User lepetitnicolas

Image Credit: Flickr User lepetitnicolas

I think I’ve given you enough reasons to go visit what the Times UK has pronounced ‘One of the Wonders of the World.’ Just don’t try to pull a fast one on me by pretending to be the Messiah and that you can walk on water! 😉

QUICK FACTS:

What: Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest and highest salt flat. It lies 3700m above sea-level and covers an expanse of 12,000 sq. kms.

Where: In the southern altiplano of Bolivia.

For whom: For anyone who desires a taste of heaven!