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Salar de Uyuni, Part 2

World's Largest Mirror

As previously stated, Salar de Uyuni is a majestic place. It's out of this world and there's no other place like it. The best part is that for a cheap South American price, you can spend days touring around while making new friends and memories.

But the best thing about Salar de Uyuni happens at nighttime.

What happens is magical. It begins to rain. I realize that doesn't sound magical, but in Uyuni, it is.

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After the rain passes and the sun comes out, the place becomes a gigantic mirror. The sky reflects off of the water below and it looks like you're no longer on Earth, but someplace in the heavens.

To see Uyuni in the morning you need to book another tour that leaves at 2:00 AM. I booked it once I returned from touring the desert, and surprisingly all of the people on in the tour were Japanese.

2:00 AM at the Salt Flat. Complete darkness. My Japanese tomodachis and I couldn't see a thing.

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We sat around and chatted for a while, and I showed off my impressive Japanese skillz. Spending a year in Japanese really does have its perks. You never know when you'll find yourself stuck in complete darkness with Japanese tomodachis!

And then it happened.
Sunrise.

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Pure magic. Inspiration. Beauty. Something came over me. Everything was so beautiful that I began to take pictures of everything. Like a teenager in front of a mirror. Or Asians on vacation. Or a Russian lady with a flower.

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I took some fun photos with my Japanese tomodachis too. Below we're spelling out " U Y U N I " with our bodies.

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And then I went back to taking more pictures of myself.

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My Japanese friends liked the jumping idea so much that they began to do it themselves.

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One Japanese guy named Shun asked to take a jumping photo with me. He complemented my jumps and said that he wanted to jump like me. Well, needless to say, we became quick friends. Praising my jumping skillz is definitely the way to ask for my hand in friendship.

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If someone wants a unique experience, Uyuni is definitely the place to visit. Moreover, it should be visited as soon as possible. Besides salt, the Uyuni Salt Flat is rich with vast lithium reserves below the surface. Although unlikely at this time, there have been talks with foreign companies who want to extract the lithium from Uyuni in order to make batteries for electric cars. I honestly think that it would be a shame to waste such a beautiful landmark. But whether or not lithium mining actually happens, Uyuni is a must-seen for every wandering traveler.

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Posted by DanPan 17:31 Archived in Bolivia

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Great photos!

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