Salar de Uyuni

Just out of Uyuni is Salar de Uyuni, aka the salt flats. It is what it says, a huge salf flat. Locals are permitted to harvest salt within a certain radius of their village; so there is a little village on the edge which takes the salt, dries it, grinds it, then puts it into little bags.

The village itself is interesting, they use salt blocks as building blocks, then out of town on the salt flat itself they rake the salt into piles, leave it for four weeks to dry out; shovel it into a truck, then take it to town to dry out more.

The salt flat themselves are just a huge expanse of white. You get spectacular scenes. The day we were there there was a storm so we had this fantastic atmospheric feeling. Because the salt flats are just an expanse of white, they're well known for perspective shots, so we got to do all the silly things by abusing perspective, some with better results than the others.

Before leaving we stopped at a pool of water on the flats which gave some amazing reflections. I also discovered that salt flats really hurt to walk on in bare feet.


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We hit the salt flats, that's a big pile of salt
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Those funny white bricks at the top - they're salt too
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Tina ready to head out onto the salt flats
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Netsumi at the salt flats
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Salar de Uyuni - The salt flats
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Fantastic scenary
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It goes on for miles
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Manuel works his magic
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And you get to be chased by dinosaurs
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Jana taking it easy
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Early on in the photoshoot
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Further into the photoshoot
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Netsumi finding inner peace
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Jana and Netsumi searching for meaning
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Netsumi is way too flexiable
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I can meditate on a bottle of wine (Yes, I can cross my legs like that)
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See what I mean?
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This is not a natural pose
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The salt bring out the flexibility in everyone
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These are the salt crystals on the surface and yes, they do hurt to walk on in bare feet
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Bob hitches a lift on Tina's hat
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We had some spectacular weather for it, I'm glad it was not just blue sky
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Everyone got to make fools of themselves in front of the camera
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This is our guide getting ready to jump
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I loved the way the salt just disappears to the horizon
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The storm front gave it a much more moody atmosphere
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I took a lot of photos of it
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This is how they harvest the salt, rake it into piles, leave to to dry, then take it to town
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Everyone just walked off towards the horizon
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Tina took more photos
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Ralph, heather and Jana on the salt flats
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Then we found some water which gives amazing reflections
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Ralph and Heather showing true love
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So everyone had to have their photo taken with the reflections
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See what I mean?
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We drove in a Toyosa!
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I have no idea what this was, but I doubt it works now
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The truck is a local truck filled with salt. The 4x4s are filled with tourists
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Our driver liked his after-market accessories in the car
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