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Argentina Salt Flats

Argentina’s salt flats go by the name of Salinas Grandes. This area was previously a lake, but the dried salt is now all that remains. On the journey to Salinas Grandes, you will witness Argentina in its rawest form, as you venture down the world-famous Route 40. Stretching over 3,200 square miles, this site certainly lives up to its “grandes” name. Mounds of salt surround you and most of the covering is 1.5m thick. There’s so much salt, you may start to confuse it for snow! The bright and vast setting is overwhelming.

Sunglasses are a great accessory to fully enjoy the immense white landscape. Sun cream and plenty of bottled water is also recommended, due to the reflection and the high altitude. 

The salt plains are a wonderful place to play around with perspective and have fun sampling natural salt. The extreme contrast of the blue sky against the white salt provides the perfect photo opportunity.

As well as simply absorbing the beauty of this spectacle from the base of the Sierras de Córdoba Mountain range, you can also learn about the mining process if that sparks your interest. Take home a souvenir to remember your trip to the world’s largest plateau. You’ll have the chance to purchase quirky homemade salt figures.

See how chefs use the salt as seasoning at “Restaurant de Sal”. This open air restaurant serves up delicious food and wonderful views of the road to Chile.

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