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2003-02-05 - 1:40 p.m.

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day One

The Salar de Uyuni is a huge salt desert in the southwest corner of Bolivia, near the Chilean border. It's vast and white and in the rainy season, pools of water reflect the mountains and the sky, and you're surrounded by beauty, three hundred and sixty degrees around. My words won't do it justice, I don't think. Luckily, I took lots of pictures!

This is where the salt is harvested (collected? foraged? gathered?). I tried to buy a salt shaker of salt from the Salar de Uyuni, but they only sold it in big plastic bags. Shame. Someone could have made a killing.

We ate lunch at the Isla Pescado, a little cactus-studded oasis in the middle of the desert. I like the idea of an island in the middle of a desert.

We made the driver stop our four wheel drive vehicle somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Occasionally, we'd see another tour group speed on past (in the salt desert, there are no speed limits, or roads), but other than that, we were the only ones around, whiteness stretching out to forever.

In the distance, we couldn't see the horizon.

And I couldn't stop taking pictures.

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