10 Stunning Landscape Photos from Bolivia

by Dave on March 26, 2014 · 14 comments

A perfect reflection at the aptly-named Laguna Verde

A perfect reflection at the aptly-named Laguna Verde (“Green Lake” / 4,400m)

The world’s largest salt flat may be Bolivia’s claim to landscape fame, but the entire Bolivian Altiplano features breathtaking scenery.

The region between the city of Uyuni and the Chilean border near San Pedro de Atacama is dotted with mineral-rich lagoons, snow-capped volcanoes and barren desert.

The photos from my three-day trip to Salar de Uyuni are some of the best I’ve taken in my life. These are 10 of my favorites. I hope they inspire you too.

Laguna Blanca (4,350m) owes its white hue to the mineral Borax

Laguna Blanca (“White Lake” / 4,350m) owes its white hue to the mineral Borax

Sol de Mañana Geothermal Field (4,850m)

Boiling mud at the Sol de Mañana Geothermal Field (“Morning Sun” / 4,850m)

The blood-red Laguna Cordoba (4,278m)

Laguna Cordoba (“Red Lake” / 4,278m)

Árbol de Piedra (“Stone Tree”)

Árbol de Piedra (“Stone Tree”)

Desierto Siloli

Desierto Siloli

Laguna Cañapa

Laguna Cañapa is a popular lunch spot for good reason

Steam rises from Volcán Ollagüe (5,868m)

Steam rises from Volcán Ollagüe (5,868m)

Scenery like this is the norm when crossing the Bolivian Altiplano

Scenery like this is the norm when crossing the Bolivian Altiplano

Giant cactus on Isla Incahuasi

Giant cactus on Isla Incahuasi (“Home of the Incas”), a rocky island in an ocean of salt

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Categories: Bolivia, Features, Photos

14 Comments

clay weir March 26, 2014 at 9:07 am

i remember our 3 day tour into Bolivia via the altiplano…it’s hard not to take good pics with such stunning and varied scenery and landscapes!!! a definite must for people who like a rugged trip and beautiful scenery!! thanks for sharing

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Amanda March 26, 2014 at 10:43 am

These look amazing. I’ve had my eye on the Salt Flats in Bolivia for a long time. Definitely on the To Do list!!!

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Jenna March 26, 2014 at 3:08 pm

So beautiful! I especially liked the first one because it took a while for me to notice the man in the lower left, and when I did, it put the whole scene in scale for me.

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Dave March 26, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Glad you noticed Jenna :) I was going to mention the traveler in the caption, but then thought I’d leave it up to readers to find him.

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Jen March 27, 2014 at 2:54 am

What incredible photos Dave, I;m gobsmacked!

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Matthew Karsten March 27, 2014 at 5:06 am

Wow Dave! These are incredible! Great job. That first one is especially awesome. Did you tell that guy to stand there? :-)

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Dave March 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

Thanks Matt, the first one is my favorite. A little editing in Lightroom brought helped to bring out the green in the lake. And nope, the guy in the white shirt was one of the young British backpackers on my trip.

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Dennis Kopp March 27, 2014 at 8:08 am

Those are really great photos Dave and looking at them really makes me want to visit Uyuni again! I also did the three day drive and remember being totally amazing by how diverse the landscapes were. But especially the stone tree and the coral island with the ancient cacti were my absolute favorite… :)

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Brigid March 27, 2014 at 9:21 am

Truly stunning photos Dave! We just finished our Salt Flats tour a couple of days ago and literally have about 1000 and 1 photos to cull down to a respectable amount…going to a be a tough job. Unfortunately we only had an Iphone, really the only time on our trip we wished we had one of those fancy, pro cameras. Oh the memories, will never forget bathing in the hot springs at night with a cold beer watching the clearest night sky I’ve ever seen. Salar de Uyuni…a must do when in Bolivia :)

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Jimmy Dau March 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Great shots. Seems like you were blessed with no wind. It was blowing quite a bit when I went!

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Dave March 28, 2014 at 12:29 am

Ah, that sucks. I imagine the wind caused ripples in the lakes, which then affect the quality of reflections?

Or was it just a lot of sand and salt being blown into your face :)

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Corinne April 2, 2014 at 3:10 am

I have yet to make it here…it’s definitely on my list. Did you go with a tour or by yourself?

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Dave April 2, 2014 at 9:16 am

I went on a 3-day tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia. The only way you can go yourself is if you have your own 4×4 transport, or you’re bicycling it.

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Rebecca April 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm

stunning!

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