Is This What Heaven Looks Like?

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
 

Salar de uyuni in Boliva…. What dreams are made of?

If you do a search on this majestic place you will learn that Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat. It is 4,086 square miles,(roughly 100 x the size of the Bonneville Salt Flats in the US.) is near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 11,995 ft above sea level.

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
30,000 to 42,000 years ago was part of a prehistoric lake, Lake Minchin. It then transformed into Paleolake Tauca. When the lake dried it left behind two modern lakes and two major salt deserts, one of which is Salar de Uyuni.

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
The center of Salar contains a few “islands” , the remains of the tops of ancient volcanoes submerged during the era of Lake Minchin.They include unusual and fragile coral like structures and deposits that often consist of fossils and algae.

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
The average temp is 70 degrees F which is ideal.Something interesting is that every November, Salar de Uyuni is the breeding ground for three different species of Pink South American Flamingos! 

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
Aside from the sheer beauty of this place and the flamingos there is also a really cool train cemetery to visit when there.

 

Train Cemetery, Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
When I first saw pictures of this place I thought, is this what heaven looks like? Is this place real? It also reminds me of the Robin Williams movie, What Dreams May Come. It is just UNREAL. 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
 

Salar de Uyuni is for sure added to my ever growing bucket list and after seeing more and more pictures it is inching it’s way to the top of my list…

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
What are your thoughts on this place? Leave comments below…

 

Salar de uyuni, Boliva, nature, beautiful
 

 

 

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