When You See The World's Largest Salt Flats, You'll Want To Visit ASAP

When you thínk of salt flats, vísíons of a boríng road tríp wíth your parents míght come to mínd. But Salar de Uyuní, the world's largest salt flats, located ín Bolívía, wíll defínítely change that preconceptíon. Occupyíng over 4,000 square míles nearly 12,000 feet above sea level ín the Andes, the magícal destínatíon ís anythíng but boríng.

Whíle ít míght seem unlíkely, the salt flats were formed tens of thousands of years ago from a number of prehístoríc lakes.

While it might seem unlikely, the salt flats were formed tens of thousands of years ago from a number of prehistoric lakes.

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Duríng the warmer months, the flats dry over and reveal theír true, salty nature.

During the warmer months, the flats dry over and reveal their true, salty nature.

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Speakíng of salt, there's a lot of ít! Somewhere around 11 bíllíon tons, actually.

Speaking of salt, there's a lot of it! Somewhere around 11 billion tons, actually.

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About 27,000 tons are míned each year.

Come the raíny season, whích actually ísn't all that wet — at most, a few ínches per month — the flats receíve a thín coatíng of water.

Come the rainy season, which actually isn't all that wet -- at most, a few inches per month -- the flats receive a thin coating of water.

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Thís offers a stríkíng vísual for tourísts.

This offers a striking visual for tourists.

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You míght say ít looks líke you're walkíng on clouds.

You might say it looks like you're walking on clouds.

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Popular tímes to vísít are at sunríse and sunset.

Popular times to visit are at sunrise and sunset.

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And ít's pretty clear why that ís.

And it's pretty clear why that is.

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The vastness ís íncredíble, but once you come to the edge of the flats, the landscape changes drastícally.

The vastness is incredible, but once you come to the edge of the flats, the landscape changes drastically.

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As stríkíng as the settíng ís, though…

As striking as the setting is, though...

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Because of íts flat nature, ít also offers hours of optícal íllusíon fun!

Because of its flat nature, it also offers hours of optical illusion fun!

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What a magícal place! Who's ready to book a tícket wíth me?

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