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Polaroid of the week: Having fun in Argentina’s Salt Flats

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polaroid of the week argentina salinas grandes salt flatsWe decided to rent a car for a few days to fit in everything there is to see in Northern Argentina. This part of the country is world’s apart from its cosmopolitan capital: indigenous villages, mountain ranges where reds, greens, even blues mix together like finger paints, and of course, the spectacular Salinas Grandes, the salt flats, which we were most excited about. Compared to the massive Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia that are only a few hundred kilometers north of here, the Salinas Grandes would seem tiny. But driving up on these expansive white plains, stretched out for miles ahead of us was an incredible experience. What was once a lake is now a 525km2 crust of salt, up to 50cm (1.64 feet) thick at 3,350m (nearly 11,000 feet) above sea level. The contrast between the bright blue skies and the bright white salt was simply breathtaking. We could have spent hours here posing for silly photos, but knowing that we’ll see the much grander Bolivian salt flats soon made it easy for us to leave after a while and to continue our drive north through the magnificent Quebrada De Humahuaca mountain range.

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    1. To be honest, I didn’t know either! We only found out from our couchsurfing hosts in Rosario when they showed us their photo albums of northern Argentina and recommended some places we had to see… yay for couchsurfing 😀

  1. I have never been to this place but now I know all the dimensions of salt lake. 🙂 Renting a car and exploring a place in depth is one of the best thing I like. Hope you had a great time here. 🙂

    1. Thanks Peter, we did have an excellent time at the salt flats 🙂 Can’t wait to see how they compare to the ones in Bolivia.

    1. Yes, can’t recommend visiting Argentina highly enough! There’s so much to see, we could’ve spent months there exploring this amazing country!

    1. Who knew, right? Well, they’re actually pretty close to the Bolivian salt flats, so it makes sense. I am still proud of us for being brave enough to rent a car 🙂

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