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Playing with Perspective at the Salar de Uyuni

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A geological marvel, the Salar de Uyuni is one of the most perfectly flat areas on earth. There aren’t hills, bumps, shadows, vegetation or depressions of any sort, and given the lack of visual reference points in such an immense area, one’s sense of perspective is bound to become skewed. Our guide, Faustino, asked me to estimate the distance of a mountain looming on the horizon. I thought it was surely within walking distance, and guessed about ten kilometers. The answer was over fifty.

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Yes, it’s one of the world’s true geological marvels, and the largest global source of lithium, but among fun-seeking visitors, the Salar de Uyuni is most famous as a place to take wacky pictures which mess with perspective. “Formation and development and unique and blah blah, now get out of the way so I can pretend to squash my friend under my boot!” It was a little weird to be in such a compelling, singular corner of Earth, and everyone just wants to take crazy photos. But of course we joined in…

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June 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm
16 comments »
  • June 28, 2011 at 1:05 pmDuff

    These pictures are just kinda AWESOME! Love them! Keep it coming. Hope Bolivia is going well. BA misses you.

    • June 29, 2011 at 8:47 pmJuergen

      We miss BA too .. thank you for the compliment and for sticking around our blog :)

  • June 28, 2011 at 3:23 pmAngela

    Fun. Love the shots. Looks like such a blast!

    • June 29, 2011 at 8:48 pmJuergen

      You guys have to visit Bolivia – it’s a quick flight and fairly cheap. And once here you will love the prices. Don’t delay! Bolivia is calling (we can watch the cats :) )

  • June 28, 2011 at 5:47 pmFernando

    amazing shots!!!

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:15 amThe Travel Chica

    These pictures are the most creative I have seen from Salar de Uyuni.  Love it!

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:49 pmJuergen

    Thank you all for the compliments … It’s such an amazing place!!!! 

  • September 10, 2011 at 12:15 pmkakalaket

    Hi !ich beobachte diesen Blog schon länger.Da kam mir der Tip mit “Red Planet Expiditions” durch die Uyuni genau richtig.Ich hab die Tour vor 2 Wochen in der gleichen Argentur gemacht.Super organisation !Einfach ne Geile Tour.Leider ist der Urlaub schon wieder zu Ende.cu


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