High above the southwest corner of Bolivia in the Altiplano plateau of the Andes Mountains lies the surreal vision of earth and sky as one.
This is the Salar de Uyuni. Here stretches over 4,000 square miles of a salt dessert, hexagonal tiles of crystalized salt floating over a lake of brine.
Now, during the rainy season, the 10 meter thick salt crust is covered in a thin sheet of water, a massive looking glass reflecting billowing white clouds and azure sky. At this time, the Salar de Uyuni is passable via four wheel drive vehicles.
Life on the Salar de Uyuni is remote. Small towns reachable by rugged roads dot the perimeter. A trip in November will bare witness to the flocks of Pink Flamingos. Trek across the Salar and cross “islands” where sparse vegetation along with Bolivian viscachas, rabbit-like animals, subsist.
Still, tourists visit the Salar de Uyuni in a steady stream throughout the year for spectacular vistas and rugged hikes.
Hotels made entirely of salt blocks offer luxury accommodations can be found near the perimeter of the flats.
One such hotel, the Palacio del Sal, houses a fine dining room, serving a menu based in salt and local meats.