Mirror of the Sky: Bolivia's Uyuni Salt Flats
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Salar de Uyuni, located in southwest Bolivia, is often dubbed the “Mirror of the Sky.” It is so boundless and bright white that Neil Armstrong is said to have mistaken it for an enormous glacier seen from space. 

Dotted with volcanic isles and home to curious wildlife, the huge salt flats boast otherworldly landscape and a mesmerizing experience. Each year, crowds of tourists come here to wander on the sea of tranquility.

Salar de Uyuni is dubbed the "Mirror of the Sky." /VCG Photo

Salar de Uyuni is dubbed the "Mirror of the Sky." /VCG Photo

A total area of 10,582 square kilometers makes it the world's largest salt flat. When standing in the middle of the never-ending sea of white, you'll feel the extreme contrast between its incredible vastness and your tininess.

During certain seasons, the thin layer of water transforms the flats into a dazzling reflection of the sky. On top of that, it also contains 50-70 percent of the world's known lithium reserves. 

Covering 10,582 square kilometers, Salar de Uyuni is considered the world's largest salt flat. /VCG Photo 

Covering 10,582 square kilometers, Salar de Uyuni is considered the world's largest salt flat. /VCG Photo 

If you'd like to go there sometime, you can book tours online or come to Uyuni first and then book day trips at local tour offices. The rainy season, from December to March, is when tourists flock to see the magical mirror-like lake. However, keep in mind the excessive rain in December and January as it may cause tour cancellations. 

It is also an incredible place for taking photos. VCG Photo

It is also an incredible place for taking photos. VCG Photo

Also, prepare for altitude sickness as it is situated over 3,600 meters above sea level. If you plan to stay for a while, lots of warm clothing and a sleeping bag are necessary, for temperatures plummet at night.