There is a place where the sky and the earth meet. An endless array of clouds, cracked ground, and salt, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and a place unlike anything you’ve seen before. Stretching over 4,000 square miles in the province of Potosí in Bolivia, the ground is a blanket of white. Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt and was formed when the water from the surrounding mountains pooled to form a lake, but the sun and high salinity have long since evaporated the water, leaving a salt crust behind.
At almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the salt flat, when covered with water, is reflective. The resulting view is something out of Inception, a mirrored image where there is no beginning and no end. When it rains, the salt bed is covered in a thin sheet of water only a few inches deep, allowing people to walk on it. In the following time-lapse, Enrique Pacheco captures the stunning beauty of Uyani, a favorite place for photographers for its unique and ethereal look.
Using Sony A7 and A7s cameras with Zeiss FE 16-35mm f4 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses and a Kietacam slider, this 3-minute video with its sweeping views of this natural phenomenon will make you want to add Bolivia to your travel list.
Watch ‘Reflections from Uyuni
You can see more of Enrique’s work on his website here.