Salar de Uyuni, located high up in the Andes in southwest Bolivia at an altitude of 3656 meters, is the largest salt flat in the world, covering over 10 000 square kilometers. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes that dried up, leaving behind desert-like landscape made up of sparkling bright white salt, bizarre rock formations, and strange cacti-covered islands. In the dry season, the salt plains are a completely flat expanse of dry salt, but in the wet season, it is covered with a thin sheet of water that is still drivable. The best spot to observe this surreal landscape is central Incahuasi Island. There is not much wildlife in this fairly barren ecosystem, except for dozens species of birds and the thousands of pink flamingos that come in November.