15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sunset over the Salar de Uyuni

Sunset over one of many islands on the salt flats of "Salar de Uyuni". Vast, stunning, barren, harsh, surreal — all of these words characterise the southern Bolivia’s Salar the Uyuni and its surrounding high desert. It’s a stark and beautiful reminder of how small we humans are, particularly in the face of "Pacha Mama". The beauty of salt flats with it's islands, motley mountains and chromatic lakes is in contrast with the hostility and harshness faced by people living in this environment. There are few places on earth where people survive in such a high, cold and barren region as the Altiplano and yet the striking people of indigenous Aymara tribe learned to make a living here centuries ago besides the pink flamingos, ancient cacti and the chinchillas.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Uyuni, Bolivia, Bolivia
Camera: FC220
Copyright: © Matjaz Krivic