WoW, check out the place where Earth meets the sky, Bolivia.
Amazing salt flats where the sky and ground merge into one to create dreamy landscape.
And with the addition of a few figures praying and dancing, even a few cars rumbling through, they take on an outer-worldly feel.
Popular spot: Tourists have been visiting the area for years, and can stay in homes cut off from the modern world
Mirror image: This tourist visiting the South American region is reflected in the salt flats, which are over 3,000m above sea level
Volcanic region: The Tunupa volcano can be seen in the background as these cars negotiate the flats
But they are of course taken here on Earth, in Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats to be precise.
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.
That makes it even larger than Lake Titicaca, the vast stretch of water shared by Bolivia and neighbouring Peru.
Mirror image: It is hard to tell where the lakes end and the clouds begin in this beautiful image
Power: The lithium in the area makes up half the world’s supply and is used in batteries for mobile phones and computers, as well as being a key element in electric cars
Stunning: 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
And 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 area has long been popular with tourists, particularly those looking for a holiday with a difference.
Visitors to the area can take in the vast white expanse of salt and the stunning surrounding vistas, while staying with locals in an area which feels cut off from the modern world.
Distant: This hiker is just a dot in the distance in the beautiful salt lakes
Out of this world: Bolivia’s Uyuni salt flats are spectacular
Hypnotic: 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
Stunning: The hexagons in this landscape evolved after the salt pan, near Bolivia’s Volcano Tunupa, had dried up
At dusk: Photographed at twilight, the dried up salt pans appear blue in colour
For just $15 a day, tourists can lodge with peasant families in homes without running water or electricity – and outhouses used as bathrooms.
But despite the loss of home comforts, they can join in with local activities – such as the annual llama-shearing season in August, or joining llama caravans that deliver salt blocks to remote villages in exchange for food and other goods.
Although tourists have long been visiting the area, it wasn’t until around five years ago that interest grew in extracting the 5.4m tons of lithium which is found just below the surface of the salt.
Exact location: Bolivia is home to the salt flats, while a NASA satellite pic shows the area from above
Source: Daily Mail;