Travel photographer Amy Fisher tours Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni and arid southwest.

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When a friend was going on exchange to Chile, all it took was a few beers in a Halifax bar to convince me to tag along for a month’s journey through Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Though this was not nearly enough time to appreciate each country, Bolivia was my standout favorite, and I was lucky enough to have Bolivia’s diverse landscapes, people, history, and culture behind my camera’s lens. I love taking pictures — of everything — but doing so on Bolivia’s salt flats was more than just any new experience for me — rich in color, yet worlds away from anything I’d shot before.


Walking in the desert

1. Solo Stretching our legs after many hours in a small 4x4, we went for a slow stroll -- especially slow considering the elevation is 3,656 meters, making everything feel like hard work.


Salar de Uyuni underwater

2. Salt piles I'll never looked at salt the same again -- local workers shovel huge piles of salt to be picked up and brought to factories for processing.


Desert plants

3. Flora At one of our various pit stops we came across these strange, troll-head looking plants. They have a very wide root system with no depth, so they can pick up water from any rain which may fall onto the surface of the flats. Good evolution -- but they still look like trolls to me.


Bolivian border crossing

4. Frontera This small building and gate, dwarfed by its surroundings, is one of the official entry points into Bolivia from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.


Salty water

5. Salt walk Two couples dip their feet into the salty waters of the largest salt flat in the world, the Salar de Uyuni, stretching over 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi) on the Bolivian altiplano.


4x4 tracks, Bolivia

6. Highway The best way to get to the salt is a 4x4. Many people focus on the destination and forget about the experience just getting there, which feels a lot like a trip to Mars.


Clouds reflected on the ground

7. Mirror A thin layer of water on the hard salt deceives the eye, making for some of the most beautiful panoramic views...a very confusing -- but brilliant -- experience.


Chemical lake

8. Chemical lake The runoff from the mountains leaches into the lakes in and around Bolivia's titanic salt flats, filling them with an array of chemicals that give them a crazy set of colors, and making them exceptionally reflective.


Old Bolivian railway

9. Ties This railway, no longer in use, used to be a passageway for materials sent from Bolivia to neighboring Chile.