Clouds and stars are reflected on the largest expanse of salt in the world, while the boundary between heaven and earth disappears. And then the magic begins.
Beauty, that’s for sure, will save the world. And it will do so as long as we are the ones who allow Mother Nature, without hindering her, to enchant us with her wonderful shows, always unpublished, always magical. Like the one that gives us the feeling of walking in the clouds, while remaining with our feet on the ground, while the sky and the entire firmament are reflected below us.
If Salar De Uyuni were a fairy tale, we are sure, it would enchant adults and children all over the world. Yet this lake is real, and it is magical. Not only for that beauty that characterizes the surrounding area throughout the year but for that transformation that occurs periodically and which allows us to experience an experience bordering on the ordinary.
Located in Bolivia, the Salar de Uyuni is an endorheic basin that extends for over 10,000 square kilometers, which is why it is considered among the largest in the world. This was formed following the evaporation of some prehistoric lakes, becoming today the largest salty expanse on the planet, as well as one of the most magical places on earth that we inhabit.
Alongside the scientific explanation, however, there is also an Aymara legend, certainly more suggestive and romantic, which explains the birth of this expanse of salt. History has it, in fact, that the huge mountains that today surround Salar de Uyun, were once people of majestic heights. Tunupa and Kusku were united in marriage, but the latter left his wife for Kusina. Tunupa’s suffering and his copious tears thus formed the expanse of salt.
It is here, in fact, that nature stages one of her most mystical spectacles, the one that allows us to walk suspended between heaven and earth. During the rainy season, when the surface is covered with water, a mirror effect of enchanting wonder is created.
The sky, the clouds, and the stars are reflected, while the geographical limits and the horizon seem imperceptible. It is at that moment that one has the sensation of being in the center of the universe and of being one with it. The surface of the great saline expanse, in fact, reflects everything that is above it, giving spectacles of unique beauty.
Salar de Uyuni, in fact, is spectacular every day of the year because it offers the most magical scenery in the world. During the dry season, in fact, the salt lake is characterized by a sparkling white that shines in the sun and gives the feeling of being in front of an earthly paradise.
But it is during the rainy season that nature puts on its most beautiful show. From November to March, in fact, when the rain falls on the southwestern territory of Bolivia, the water settles on the salt lake and transforms it into a mirror. The peaks of the volcanoes that surround it, the clouds and stars are reflected on it, while the boundary between heaven and earth vanishes. And then the magic begins.