You get a sense of the the enormity of the salt flat when you drive at 100 km/h and the distant landmass never seem to get closer, but when you climb upwards (this view is from Isla del Pescado (Fish Island)) and see that what appeared to be the shore is just islands and countless kilometres more of white salt.

This is the very end of the dry season and summer, but during the cold of the winter the snow-capped mountains are no longer alone, as the snow sometimes cover everything you see here – a total white-out as the grey clouds and snow hide any landmark.

Altitude: 3716 metres.