by Andrew Marantz with photography by Adrian Gaut, Condé Nast Traveler
Bolivia's stark, striking salt flats are a wonder of nature without peer.
1. A perspective-altering view of the salt flats after a rainfall.
2. The road to Laguna Colorada.
3. The Salar de Uyuni is covered with a thick crust of salt in hexagonal patterns.
4. Folklore attributes the bright-red waters of Laguna Colorada to the gods' spilled blood; the scientific (though less poetic) explanation is algae.
5. An aerial view of the salar, where the salt forms in hexagons.
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