Mirror Effect of Salar de Uyuni

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The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt desert in the world, which has more than 10,000 square kilometers. Do you know what happens if you gather 10 billion tons of salt and cover them with water? This is what we are going to talk about today: the mirror effect of the Salar de Uyuni.

What is the Mirror Effect?

The Mirror Effect of Uyuni Salt Flats is the term used to describe the phenomenon that occurs in the Bolivian desert during the rainy season. During the rainy season, the salt becomes impermeable and water accumulates on the surface.

In this way, the mirror of the world appears. An incredible phenomenon that for us, is one of the most impressive things that exist.

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The sky is reflected on the desert, leaving an image in the landscape that seems to be edited with photoshop. It is the amusement park of any photographer (you can’t imagine how many original photos can be taken in the Salar de Uyuni 🤭). The sky and the earth become one.

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When is the best time of the year to see the Mirror Effect?

The rainy season in the Salar de Uyuni is approximately from December to March, so that is the best time to go. It is true that any time of the year is good to visit this place, but if you are looking to see the mirror effect of the Salar de Uyuni, those are the months you should choose. And surprise, it’s now!

Now you know that walking on the sky is totally possible, you just have to see the mirror effect of the Salar de Uyuni. Could it be one of the trips for this new year? 😉


Lily is happy with a backpack on her back. Every year she travels through one country in Latin America and has repeated several times, especially Peru where she says she feels at home (although she says the same about Argentina, Chile and Bolivia).

She loves ceviche, hiking and Sunday picnics with her friends, although whenever you ask her, she's always planning her next destination.

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