This is the breathtaking Salar de Uyuni in southwestern Bolivia.
The salt flats themselves are 3,600m above sea level in the Andes – making it almost possible, it seems, to reach up and touch the clouds from the ground.
The flats, located in Southern Bolivia near the country’s Tunupa volcano make up the world’s largest salt desert, around 11,000 km sq.
(image credit: Guy Nesher)
Here geologists have discovered a vast supply of lithium, an unusual mineral that is used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power most portable electronic devices manufactured today, including cars.
Tourists love it!
Palacio de Sal is a hotel built of salt blocks. It is located at the edge of Solar de Uyuni .The building was constructed of about 1 million 35-cm (14-inch) salt blocks, which are used for the floor, walls, ceiling and furniture, including beds, tables, chairs and sculptures.