Friday, November 10, 2006

Salar de Uynui


The worlds largest salt flat (at nearly 12000 square Km!) sits at over 4000m above sea level...and the highest we have been so far is higher than base camp on Everest...I digress...!
We stayed at a hotel made entirely of salt bricks and with salt for flooring, salt bed bases and tables and chairs! A good intro to an early morning start to see the sunrise over the plains. As you can see it is eerie...that is salt not snow and it stretches as far as the eye can see, and only punctuated by a solutary island where marooned Vizcvachas (a type of chinchilla) live amongst giant cactus up t 12m tall and 1200 yrs old!