A pristine white salt flat stretching over ten thousand square kilometers (the largest in the world), the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is one of the earth’s most surreal places. Located near the peaks of the Andes at 3,656 metres, it was formed by prehistoric lakes. We chose some of our favourite images from the photo archive.

Bus driving through the ethereal landscape of the Salar de Uyuni (Marco Simoni/Robert Harding)

Bus driving through the ethereal landscape of the Salar de Uyuni, Salar de Uyuni salt lake, Bolivia, South America

Tourists jump for joy while posing for a photograph in the middle of the Salar (Aurora Photos/Robert Harding)

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia -Tourists jump for joy while posing for a photograph in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni, southern Bolivia's huge salt desert.

Bolivian children in a truck on the salt lake (LOOK/Robert Harding)

Indigenous children in a truck on the salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, South America

Under the salt solids is a brine which contains a large amount of Lithium. The industrialization of Lithium has given hope of economic development to the people of the provinces surrounding the Salar (Javier Arcenillas/Robert Harding)

Uyuni, Bolivia.  The industrialization of lithium in Bolivia has become a hope of economic development for the people of the provinces surrounding the Salar de Uyuni (Potosi)

Two Bolivian salt miners extract salt from the salt flats (Kim Walker/Robert Harding)

Two Bolivian salt miners extract salt from Uyuni salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, South America

Driving across the largest salt flat in the world (Simon Montgomery/Robert Harding)

Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world and is in South West Bolivia, Bolivia, South America

View across the salt lake (LOOK/Robert Harding)

View across the salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, South America

Isla de los Pescadores is a lone ‘island’ in the middle of the salt flats, with Volcan Tunupa in the background (Simon Montgomery/Robert Harding)

Cacti on Isla de los Pescadores, Volcan Tunupa and the salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, Southwest Highlands, Bolivia, South America

Just when you thought the landscape couldn’t get any more surreal, here is the Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes), a collection of abandoned steam trains on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni (Kim Walker/Robert Harding)

Train Cemetery (Cementerio de Trenes), an abandoned train on the fringe of Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Bolivia, South America

Se more photos of the Salar de Uyuni here

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