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Polaroid of the week: Sunrise over Bolivia’s salt flats

Polaroid of the week: Sunrise over Bolivia’s salt flats

Last Updated on May 13, 2024

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It is hard enough for anyone to yank themselves out of bed at 4:30am, but crawling out from under warm, llama wool blankets after two days of off-roading adventure across southern Bolivia was nearly impossible.

Impossible, but only for all of about two minutes until we realized that today was the day! At 5am sharp we would finally be heading out to see the sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats – the experience we had been waiting for the entire trip.

Our jeep raced the sunrise and parked in the middle of the vast salt flats just as the blue night sky turned red just above the salty, white horizon. The salt crunched beneath us as we watched the sun rise, slowly painting different shades of red, orange and pink on the ground around us.

When the sun had risen far enough into the sky, our driver sped us off to the Isla De Incahuasi, a cactus-filled island surrounded by the salt flats. Here we hiked and had breakfast with hundreds of giant cacti behind us and salt sprawling out in front of us as far as the eye can see.

Considering this trip? Stay tuned for more detailed posts on this adventure soon!


Escape Hunter

Friday 13th of December 2013

Very interesting idea with the Polaroid format, there! Like the photo too :)


Monday 16th of December 2013

Thanks so much! :)


Wednesday 11th of December 2013

That is just stunning! I'm really sad I missed sunrise there now! We had all sorts of issues when I was there because there was a protest in the park and half of it was closed. I feel privileged to have seen most of it though (we got to the best bits!).


Friday 13th of December 2013

I read about all your issues in your post - I also had to giggle about your toilet roll photos and couldn't agree more about the difficulties of getting decent photos in the salt flats you describe - it sure is not as easy as people make it look!


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

so pretty!


Monday 9th of December 2013

It's a cool one, i like it.


Saturday 7th of December 2013

Beautiful picture!!


Friday 13th of December 2013

Thanks, Sara :) It's an amazing place!! Glad we got to experience for sunrise - just found out that not every tour company includes the sunrise, so I am glad ours did :)