Salar de Uyuni - Flooded

Monday Morning Inspiration: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Monday Morning Inspiration series is your weekly reminder, as you sit down and boot up your work laptop, that there is more to life than four little cubicle walls. It is also meant to provoke you to think about your life and your dreams. To encourage you to find the strength to pursue what you dream of, even if those dreams terrify you. You will never regret pursuing your dreams, so start today!

The world is full of so much beauty, that even in today’s digital age, there remain those special places that go largely unknown.  They are places that, once discovered, are impossible to forget.  They are places that will captivate the imagination and simply cannot be fully experienced in a digital format.  They must be experienced in person.  Today I want to highlight one of those places.  The fact that it remains hidden is more stunning because it is so large that it can be seen from outer space.  Mankind had no hand in creating this place which lies at nearly 12,000 feet of elevation in a remote area of Bolivia.  

This is the Salar de Uyuni:

Isla Incahuasi - Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers.  It is nearly perfectly flat with deviation in elevation from one end to the other of only 1 meter.  A few times each year the Salar de Uyuni will experience a rainfall that will flood the entire plain.  A thin layer of water on top of the Salar de Uyuni will create the illusion of a vast still lake with a mirrored surface.  This powerful illusion can create some of the most dramatic photographs of any location on Earth.

Salar de Uyuni - Flooded

The Salar de Uyuni is also one of the most resource rich locations on the planet.  In addition to the massive amounts of salt that are harvested here, about 50% of the world’s Lithium reserves are located beneath the Salar de Uyuni.  As the demand for Lithium continues growing each year, people fear that the Lithium harvesting may damage the natural beauty of this incredible place.

Salar de Uyuni at Sunset

During the dry season, the surface of the Salar de Uyuni will crack and form a tile-like pattern.  On a clear day, the Salar de Uyuni is truly a breathtaking landscape to behold. It feels foreign, as if you have stepped out of your spacecraft onto an alien planet for the first time.

Like a Perfect Ocean - Salar de uyuni - Bolivia

We are eagerly anticipating our trip to Bolivia in order to experience both the Salar de Uyuni and Lake Titicaca first hand.  Have you ever experienced a place like this before?  Is it spectacular or what?

Justin Straub

Justin is a travel junkie, writer, foodie, and photographer who believes life is meant to be lived boldly and full of passion, joy, and adventure.

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