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  •  pt on your article (5+ / 0-)

    While it may be true that the Salar de Uyuni is remote in that it is in a sparsely populated state in a hard-to-get-to country, it is not as remote as you might think.  There is a train, dilapidated as it may be, that passes through the town of Uyuni and along the edges of the Salt Flat.  There is also a relatively nice highway that arrives in Uyuni from La Paz and Cochabamba  The area is in the Altiplano and flat as a board, as one might imagine since a salt FLAT formed there, so putting in appropriate infrastructure would not be difficult, once investors are found.  Bolivia already mines huge quantities of salt from Uyuni and other salares in the altiplano.
    If anyone has seen the James Bond "Quantum of Solace", there is a stretch of the movie that supposedly takes place in the high desert of Bolivia.  This was most likely along the border with Chile and is much more rugged than the area around Uyuni, though for illustrative purposes it is a good mental picture, or you can google it.

    •  I'm hoping to go there this September. (2+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, cotterperson

      I'll be in Argentina, and I hope I can get up there and take a look and see everything for myself. Thanks for the info.

      •  once there (1+ / 0-)
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        semiot

        use your Lonely Planet guide book, or just common sense, and from Uyuni itself, or preferably from the amazingly spectacular red-rock cactus strewn desert of the Old West (complete with Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid legends) town of Tupiza near the Argentina border, you can take a multi-day "Salar trip" in a 4x4 truck.  You'll probably have to team up with some other tourists but it is absolutely worth it.  It's kinda cheap but the stuff you'll see, un-freaking-believable.
        And don't pass up the chance to have a spiritual adventure with San Pedro cactus if you get the chance, it grows in abundance throughout the altiplano.
        I recommend leaving from Tupiza b/c it ends up in Uyuni, whereas if you start in Uyuni you wind up back in Uyuni.

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