In the world´s biggest shrinking machine

Trip Start Jan 12, 2009
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Trip End Dec 31, 2010


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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt lake in the world, has a special place in my heart. Nine years ago I marvelled at this surreal landscape, watching the sky-blue and cloud-white horizonless sky stretch all the way to my feet, a jeep - accompanied by a head-over version - flying by in the distance. It was march, the end of the rainy season, and the up to 7 meters thick salt crust of this immense salt flat was covered up to 30 centimeters deep in water - a huge mirror.

This time of the year, the huge surface of salt dries in geometrical patterns. Distances are hard to tell in this immenseness (over 10 000 sqare km) - with some camera tricks the salt lake works as a huge shrinking machine. We spend two half days having fun with my camera in the white middle of nowhere.

There are severeal cacti-covered islands in this vasteness. We pick isla del pescado, some 20 km northwest of isla incahuasi, and escape the masses of tourists. All by ourselves we stroll along the huge old cacti and marvel at the crystal-covered ground.

As the sun sets the light changes until our shadows seem to touch the horizon. A last intense glow lingers above, yellow turns into orange, green and deep blue. Then the milkyway stretches above our heads, stars reaching from horizon to horizon. An amazing place to be!

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