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We 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.