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From Potosi we headed to Sucre and then off to Uyuni to see the remarkable salt flats. Between the town of Uyuni and salt is a train graveyard where dozens of steam locos and other rolling stock sit in various states of disrepair.

Once a lake, the salt now sits at over 3,600m and occupies more than 12,000 square kilometres of near perfect flatness. There is a small area of local salt mining, but the majority of the area is pristine and the closest I have ever been to the surface of another world. It was just amazing!



Bolivia Salt Pan Salar de Uyuni 4-Day Jeep ride tourist attraction adventure

In the salt are a few "islands", the most impressive is Isla de Pescadores or Fish Island, crowned with a forest of cacti - a very surreal sight in what looks like a frozen lake.

Bolivia Salt Pan Salar de Uyuni 4-Day Jeep ride tourist attraction adventure islands mountains cactus cacti

We watched sunset from the salt. The sunset was amazing and light just added to the other-worldliness of the place.

Bolivia Salt Pan Salar de Uyuni 4-Day Jeep ride tourist attraction adventure algae lakes volcanoes mountains red lakes flamingoes

Bolivia Salt Pan Salar de Uyuni 4-Day Jeep ride tourist attraction adventure never-ending road dust desert

From the salt flats we travelled toward the Chilean border for the next 2 days, past mineral lagoon of various colours teaming with flamingos, high alpine deserts, bubbling mud and valleys surrounded by volcanoes.

Bolivia Salt Pan Salar de Uyuni 4-Day Jeep ride tourist attraction adventure bubbling hot mud pools

The whole trip was one of the most amazing places we have been. We briefly hopped into Chile before heading over to Argentina, where we are now.