Optical Illusion Fun at Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg

At 4,086 square miles in size, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, located in Southwest Bolivia. And while it remains an incredibly impressive place to visit, it also provides hours of fun taking optical illusion photos. 

The flats are actually set high up in the Andes at an elevation of almost 12,000 ft and contain over 50% of the world’s lithium supply. With several large pink flamingo breeding grounds and a dizzying variety in landscapes and textures, the area seems surreal and removed from the rest of South America. 

Exhibit A:


Primarily, however, there is salt. Close to 10 billion tons of it, mined at a rate of 25,000 tons each year.


The flatness of the landscape means that a wide variety of fun photos are up for grabs, from the basic shadow shots:


To the “I’m thinking of serving my friends for dinner” shot:


To the “I’m holding my friends in the cup of my hand” shot:


I had a pair of travelling chopsticks with me, so we figured we’d all pile on one of them to see how it turned out (pretty well, I think):


And my favourite, the “I’m about to eat my friends for lunch” photo:


Do you have any optical illusion photos from your travels? Post a URL to your photo in the comments or on the Hipmunk Facebook Page and we’ll round up the best of them in a future post.


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