Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, is located in Southwest Bolivia. At 10,582 square kilometers (4,085 square miles), the Salar de Uyuni becomes the world’s largest mirror when covered in water. If this fascinating phenomenon alone wasn’t enough to entice tourists to visit, there is also an antique train cemetery in the area, 3km outside the town of Uyuni. Because the Salar de Uyuni is so flat, NASA is able to utilize it to calibrate some of their satellites. While the Salar de Uyuni itself is devoid of wildlife, it is used as the breeding grounds for some species of pink South American flamingos once a year in November. There are hotels for tourists nearby and they are almost all built out of salt blocks, including the furniture.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Credit: Daniel Perez

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Credit: Ezequiel Cabrera

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Credit: Luca Galuzzi

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia


  1. I wonder if deer go there to lick the salt

    or cows

    or rabbits, rabbits like licking salt too

    i even like to lick salt sometimes

    what if we filled the flats with tequila? the world’s largest margarita?

  2. I think they did that for a Jimmy Buffet music video

  3. I wonder if nice sexy chicks go there to lick the salt I love licking sexy chicks

  4. hey i go there and drift around my honda all the time….its even better when there is water to puddle around in …

  5. You won’t have your nice shiny bike for long if you run it in salty water you clown

  6. i got salty sand in my peehole there once, it wasn’t pleasant

    • When is the time for the lake a little bit of water not all dry?
      We re planning a trip to Bolivia from Turkey , I couldn’t find more information about this lake.
      Thank you

  7. Gorgeous photos, but shouldn’t a PBS article writer know that “phenomena” is a plural word, and “phenomenon” is the singular form?
    Ol’ retired English teacher

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  12. I live on salal.below,hidden,is 2 meter deep phytoplankton.something mentioned in 4000 BC.

  13. Yes, Those images are absolutely stunning and This is on my bucket list to must see places. Thanks

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