29 June 2011
21 June 2011
In all of my travels, Salar de Uyuni stands out as one of the most incredible things I've seen. To say it's the world's largest salt flat at over 4000 square miles just doesn't mean much. It's kind of neat to see it from space:
But to bring the numbers to a more human level and give the Salar de Uyuni a more apt description, it looks like a never-ending plain of perfectly flat, perfectly white snow. And like much of Bolivia, it's around 12,000 feet above sea level.
There's so much salt, even the buildings are made of salt bricks, like this little one:
16 June 2011
13 June 2011
08 June 2011
The area may have been inhabited as early as 3500 years ago as an agricultural village, but there are no records, as the people had no written language. What they do know is that it served as the administrative and spiritual capital for about five hundred years (somewhere around 1500 years ago), and the theory is that a great drought about 1000 years ago sent people towards Lake Titicaca for better agricultural conditions.