THE BOLIVIAN SALT FLATS
Welcome to Bolivia, South America and this little air adventure around Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world with over 10,500 square kilometres high plain to explore. Some of this area is so smooth that it is used by satellites to calibrate themselves and can become mirrored when it rains. No hard editing done to the photos, just manual adjustments to tone and contrast where needed.
We are already over 12,000 feet above sea level before leaving the ground at Joya Andina Airport in Uyuni on the Boeing 737 BBJ. No flight plan plumbed into the NAV today, only a set altitude of 38,000 feet and a completely unknown territory for myself - I’ve never visited Bolivia before on Infinite Flight (or for real) so this seemed like a good start. It was very peaceful and quiet and almost eerie. A lovely flight - calm, relaxing, and a nice view as well, cruising over and around the immediate area mapped flats themselves before returning to the airport.
The Altiplano, which is a hight plateau, isn’t entirely flat. There are fresh and salt water lakes, mountains, and much to explore surrounding the mapped “flat” parts as well. The temptation to just keep cruising and cruising was large but eventually head back to the airport, and as tempting as it was to actually land somewhere on the flats I wasn’t going to risk it. It’s quite bumpy and you wouldn’t want to get stuck out there on your own. This area is massive and there is a lot more to explore and see beyond this.
Departure: SLUY (Uyuni Airport)
Arrival: SLUY (Uyuni Airport)
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