While day one of our Bolivian Salt Flat tour had us marvel at the immense Uyuni Salt Flats, day two and three was all about mountains and deserts. The Uyuni Salt Flats are situated in the world’s driest desert – the Atacama Desert. Within this desert lie many dormant and extinct volcanoes, as well as one active volcano called Ollague (5,840m high). Against the desert setting they looked absolutely spectacular.

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The mighty Ollague Volcano puffing away

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Over millions of years the volcanos spat out huge rocks, most of which are dotted all over the Atacama Desert hundreds of kilometres away from the actual volcanoes. It really shows how powerful nature can be. Some of these rocks look completely bizarre while others have actually become very handy for the odd tourist in need of some privacy…

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Toilet desert style

Seeing the mountains and volcanoes during our Bolivian salt flat tour was pretty incredible, but I think my highlight was seeing the surreal Salvador Dali desert. It was named after the famous artist Salvador Dali as this desert inspired so many of his surrealistic paintings. I always thought he made them up, because they just look so surreal, but now I know that he was merely copying this spectacular landscape.

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Bolivian salt flat tour salvador dali desert 2Check out part three of our Bolivian Salt Flat tour, which is be all about the Mars-like landscape around the lagoons. So guys and gals, now I want to know from you, what was the most surreal landscape you have ever seen? Tell me in the comments section below.

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48 Thoughts on “Bolivian Salt Flat Tour Part 2: Surrealistic deserts

  1. This place seems absolutely incredible. I have never seen a landscape like that. And I had no idea the inspiration for some of Dali’s paintings was in Bolivia. The most surreal landscape I’ve ever seen was probably the Chocolate Hills on the island of Bohol, Philippines. The landscape is made up of thousands of brown, perfectly rounded hills that are all virtually identical. They extend as far as the eye can see. I felt like I was in Candy Land 🙂 It was definitely surreal!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm said:

      Oh, I would love to visit the chocolate hills in the Philippines. They look like something out if a fairytale.

  2. Awesome images Tammy, and lol on the desert toilet. Thanks!
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  3. We signed up for the Salt Flats tour because the salt flats interested us the most, but we were so in awe of the Mars-like desert!

    I love the pictures with the moon in it!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 19, 2014 at 3:25 pm said:

      Thank you Emily. That moon looked so unreal. I love it that you can often see it during the day in South America.

  4. Absolutely stunning photographs! I went to S America for the first time this year to Argentina & Brazil and the next trip I want to make is Peru and Bolivia, especially to see these salt flats! It’s looks just incredible!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 21, 2014 at 9:59 am said:

      Thank you so much Shikha! You will not be disappointed with Peru and Bolivia. They are just such stunning countries.

  5. Neat photos- it looks like another planet! That toilet sign made me laugh out loud- too funny!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm said:

      Ha ha, yes that toilet sign was so bizarre. But if you’ve got to go you’ve got to go, no matter where you are. 😉

  6. These pictures are absolutely incredible- Sign me up right now!! Love them
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  7. Amazing photos! That landscape really does look so unreal – especially with the moon visible in the sky,
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 24, 2014 at 10:52 am said:

      The moon is often visible during the day in South America. I love it, it looks like a different world, doesn`t it?

  8. Wow this really looks amazing! Stunning photos!

  9. Wow, these pictures are incredible! I’d love to visit here someday, and knowing that Uyuni inspired Dali makes it all the more surreal and fascinating. The closest I can come to having visited someplace so surreal is probably Yellowstone National Park, where the bubbling hot springs are so beautiful and clear, but so totally hot and deadly, it’s crazy. I would also love to visit Ischigualasto park in Argentina, the “Valley of the Moon”, because of its purple rocks and moon-like isolation. It also has one of the most fantastic outcrops of Triassic-aged rocks in the world, so it’s really a good place to look for the origins of the first dinosaurs and the first tiny mammal fossils.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 24, 2014 at 10:54 am said:

      I would absolutely love to visit Yellowstone Park. I think it is probably quite similar actually. One day… 🙂

  10. Fabulous colours, the contrast between the reds and golds of the sands and those deep blue skies and stunning. It looks such an unreal place.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 24, 2014 at 10:56 am said:

      I absolutely loved the colours. Everywhere we went exposed completely different landscapes with completely different colours again. It is such a beautiful place.

  11. These photos are actually straight from a National Geographic magazine – unreal! Thank you for sharing I really am looking forward to your follow up post! STunning!
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  12. Wow great photos. I’ve seen deserts only in California and it’s not as amazing looking as this in South America. It’s unbelievable how nice the surroundings looks. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. The area is stunning, I would love to visit at different times of the morning and evening to photograph – beautiful
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  14. Wow! Amazing photos! I had no idea that’s where the Dali paintings were inspired but I can definitely see it from the photos. How cool!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 25, 2014 at 4:25 pm said:

      I had no idea either, but I can definitely recognize this surreal landscape in some of his paintings.

  15. How stunning is this place! Your photos are amazing and so vibrant. Very enticing indeed. Hope to make it here one day soon and experience it for myself.
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  16. Wow these landscapes are incredible! I love nature and always try to find the deserted spots wherever I go. I can’t wait to go there one day and see these surreal Mars-like landscapes myself. Till then, I have your awesome photos 🙂
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 26, 2014 at 9:39 pm said:

      Thanks Tiffany. I love nature too and South America never ceases to amaze me with its stunning landscapes.

  17. You know when you see incredible travel pictures and you think to yourself, “wow, that can’t be real!”. Yeah, well that just happened.

    The salt flats are too fantastic for words and no matter how often I see pictures of them, they’ll always amaze me.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm said:

      Thank you so much Dale! What a flattering compliment. So glad you like the pics and I hope you make it there one day so you can see for yourself how beautiful this place is.

  18. I remember being in the Salt Flats in Uyuni and posing next to crazy rock formations for photos as we travelled through the desert. Such a big highlight in Bolivia! Your photos are fantastic and I love this post. Brings back great memories 🙂
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm said:

      It was a highlight for me too. I saw many pictures of the area before I actually travelled there, but when I saw the beautiful landscapes myself I was in awe.

  19. It seems surreal! I’m always amazed at what nature can do and look like. Thanks for sharing, Tamara!
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  20. Uyuni looks amazing ! Your pictures are right on the spot. Didn’t know Dali was inspired by one of those deserts, cool! Really looking forward for part 3 😉
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  21. Wow! The place looks incredible especially the ones with moon. The brown sanddunes against blue skies (sigh!!) oh how I wish I could just get transported there right away. I have to confess that I haven’t seen anything as spectacular as this landscape so far. I’ve heard and seen that Ladakh (in India) have similar gorgeous landscape too.
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 am said:

      Oh that moon was spectacular Anu! I would love to visit Ladakh. I have also heard many good things about it.

  22. Absolutely stunning shots! I would love love to visit this place. Nicely captured.
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  23. Incredible pics guys. We did the short Salar de Uyuni tour and didn’t get to see those landscapes. I need to go back!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 30, 2014 at 8:02 am said:

      Oh what a shame. Yes, you need to go back in that case. 🙂 I found day 2 and 3 much more spectacular than the actual salt flats on day 1.

  24. I love how similar your photos are to mine! I guess it’s not a surprise since the tours pretty much do the same thing, but I still feel like I’m looking at my own photos reading this post! 🙂
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