Remnants of a prehistoric lake found in the wild northwest province of Jujuy, boasts one of Argentina's many natural wonders. The desert-like expanse of snow-white salt plains await you at the Salinas Grandes (the Great Salt Flats).
The Salinas Grandes are located at an altitude of 11,320 feet (3,450 meters) above sea level and cover 132 square miles (212 square kilometers). They are the third-largest salt flats in the world and among Argentina’s most impressive natural landscapes.
Besides the strikingly beautiful and bright salt plains, Salinas Grandes' most unique feature has to be the turquoise blue pools that provide lots of opportunities for creative photography. Be sure to bring your sunglasses to visit this breathtaking natural wonder.
This region is also considered home to the indigenous Kolla and Atacama peoples’ ancestral territory. They have built their lives around the region’s arid climate, harvesting salt, herding cattle and growing crops.
The salt flat’s mineral-rich fossil water, or brine, sustains the life of microorganisms whose role in the broader ecosystem is still not fully understood. It also contains lithium, a highly sought-after component of lithium-ion batteries used primarily in electric vehicles.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
January to March is the best time to see Salinas Grandes when it is flooded. During this time you can witness the mirror effect of the turquoise pools.
May to December present dry conditions, which are perfect for perspective photography.
All year around, weather conditions are best between noon and 4pm. After 4pm, it gets cold and windy in the salt flats.
Explore the breathtaking paradise of Salinas Grandes on your next visit to Argentina.
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