The Salt Flats, also known as Salar de Uyuni, is probably the most entertaining destination. Located at over 3656 metres above sea level, the Salt Flats is a massive 12,000 square kilometres. Salar de Uyuni is the World’s largest salt flat and is caused by a prehistoric lake which covered most of Southwest Bolivia. When the lake completely dried up, it left a stretch of minimal water and salt covered grounds. It is hard to say which is the best time to visit Salar de Uyuni, as in the wet season there will be a very small film of water that covers the salty grounds, which provides a mirror like effect. During the dry season the salt and grounds almost crack into shapes of hexagons. Regardless on what time of year you decide to visit, Salar de Uyuni will provide you with an experience you will never forget.
Wear protection - and no I’m not talking about the protection that immediately popped into your head, I am talking about SUNSCREEN. The salt flats act as a mirror on the grounds, so you will get burnt in places you have never been burnt before. Underneath your chin will blister if you don’t wear sunscreen, as well as your legs and any area that is exposed.
Don’t forget your sunglasses - I forgot my sunglasses and once I had mentioned it to our guide, his face said it all. Luckily, on the way into the salt flats there were markets and I could buy some cheap sunglasses.
Get creative - the best thing about visiting the Salt Flats is distance doesn’t show up in photos. Because the grounds at Salar de Uyuni are so flat you cannot see the real perspective in photos, therefore it is the perfect location to get creative with your photos. One thing I wish I did when visiting the Salt Flats was bring along props or objects that I could use in the photos. It wasn’t until I was eating lunch that I look advantage of the objects and…. the bananas.
Trial and error - you will find that getting the right photos will take time and you won’t get the perfect photo instantly. The infamous banana photo that is pictured below, took me about 35 times to get it perfectly. You’ll have a blast doing it and you will find that you spend the whole day killing yourself laughing as you get creative with your friends.