PLACE: Sol De Mañana
LOCATION: Sur Lípez Province, Bolivia
NOTORIOUS: Geothermal Field
NEAREST AIRPORT: TBD
COORDINATES: 22.435014°S 67.75791°W
CURRENCY: Bolivian Boliviano
This place is so mysterious, Google doesn’t even recognize it when I ask for coordinates. This geothermal field that rests in the south west of Bolivia and seems to be a common visitor attraction that no one is documenting it properly. The photographic scene on all my go-to sites are incredible but I haven’t seen any major articles about it! The wiki page is pathetic even.
All I know is that this is the highest elevation geothermal sulphur spring field in the world. They are commonly mistaken for geysers. The volcanic activity below the field is activating these boiling mud pools. It is extremely close to a place near and dear to my heart, the salar de uyuni (the salt flats I’ve written about before). Bolivia seems to be the place to see, man. Note: there are some hot springs in the area that seem to be a local hang out.
Been here before? How the eff do I get here? I can’t find it on a map? Airport?
PLACE: Salar De Uyuni
NOTORIOUS: Largest Salt Flat
COORDINATES: 20.1338° S, 67.4891° W
CURRENCY: Chilean Peso
No, this is not Mars. The infinite horizon of Salar De Uyuni’s white salt leaves me breathless. Located near the crest of the Andes Mountains, this is the largest salt flat in the world. During the rainy season there is a thin film of brine water resting on its top, creating the most incredible reflections (probably the world’s largest mirror). The flats contain 50-70% of the world’s lithium reserve (lithium is found in batteries and bipolar meds, ick).
It looks like one of the most spectacular places to take photographs I’ve ever seen. Apparently it’s really easy to get altitude sickness in these parts so if you are driving from the coast you may need a few days to acclimatize. A hilarious but awesome tidbit about this place is that it’s the breeding ground for pink flamingos. Also, the blogs keep saying there are lots of drunk drivers so choose your guide wisely and buckle up.
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