It’s a close race for the crown of Bolivia’s most incredible natural wonder: Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, or Laguna Colorada, the jaw-droppingly crimson-hued salt lake. Luckily, Uyuni, Bolivia, is the jumping-off point for both breathtaking experiences, with three-day jeep tours stopping at Salar de Uyuni before heading even higher into the Andes Mountains.
Find Laguna Colorada 4,300 metres above sea level, nestled in the Altiplano, the largest plateau in the Andes. Meaning “red lagoon” in Spanish, the mesmerizing lake is said to be the blood of the gods, but scientists attribute the shifting colour to red sediment and algae.
Three of Earth’s six flamingo species flock here to feast on the plankton — adding to this magnificent, otherworldly sight.