The Bolivian Salt Flats. If you haven't already been to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, put it on your bucket list.
When we meet travelers headed to South America, Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni is among our top recommendations. And while the all-white salt flats are the goal, it's the 1000 km (620 miles) four-day jeep trip from Tupiza to Uyuni that features some of the world's most beautiful and otherworldly landscapes around. It's definitely worth taking the longer tour from the south instead of the shorter one from Uyuni.
Open the panorama below for a sample of the colors you'll see on a four-day salt flat tour.
Panorama: Sol de Mañana Geyser and Fumaroles in Bolivia
From 3,000 – 5,000 meters in elevation, the air thins, the nights chill and the land grows barren. This region is so rich in minerals (it is, after all, the home of the world's largest lithium deposits) that the ground and lakes ooze unreal hues; a green lake here, a red lake there, and volcanic fumaroles shaded in pink, grey, green and brown.
Only llamas, vicuñas and flamingos — and the intrepid traveler — can survive such bizarre conditions. A fantastic trip.