Flattest Place On Earth: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Located in south-western Bolivia, striking Salar de Uyuni has to be seen to be believed. The largest salt flat on Earth, this is a barren place, with few features or landmarks, and home to limited life. That ensures that this is an extreme environment. It also makes Salar de Uyuni a fascinating place to visit.
Spanning more than 4,000 square miles, the immense salt flats are all that remain of the vast prehistoric lake that one stood here, amidst the eye-catching Andes. The lake having long since dried up, all that remains is the white salt that gleams in the sunshine, some remarkable rock formations, and a series of small islands that are dotted with robust cacti.
So harsh is the environment here that few creatures call it home. The notable exception? The shocking pink flamingos that have somehow managed to adapt to life in Salar de Uyuni, the birds beckoning visitors and ensuring that this extreme land retains its place on the South American tourist trail.