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May 23, 2006 - BOLIVIA: Salt Flats

The salt flats in Bolivia are the largest in the world, stretching just under 12,000sq km at a altitude of 3,660m. Sea used to be present here, but due to the dryness of the atmosphere evaporation occurred leaving a thick layer of Sodium Chloride (salt we put on our fish and chips!). They are dazzling to see, and a big attraction in Bolivia. The best way to see the flats is to book on a 2-4 day tour. I had arranged to meet the Devon Lads in Uyuni, and do a 3 day trip down to Chile with them! This worked out perfectly, as there were 2 spaces...

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