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Salinas Grandes

Jujuy, Argentina
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Silver City, New Mexico
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

An interesting part of the Earth, the Salinas Grandes salt flats extend over a 300 square mile area and are located northwest of Purmamarca in the Province of Jujuy. This kind of terminal high desert dry lake or salt flat also known as a "playa" occurs when water containing salt and minerals invades a low area and eventually evaporates leaving... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

It has been a stop on the way from San Antonio de los Cobres to Purmamarca. We got there after two solid hours (on a minibus driven as a 4x4 (it is a compliment) on a sandy track on the Puna high flat, the Salinas is located just before the road starts climbing to a 4170m Pass, and the sudden... More

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Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

It takes about three hours on an unpaved dirt road to go from San Antonio to Salinas Grandes. When someone tells you that you are taking the road alongside the train to the clouds, it sounds so exciting, but why do they forget to tell you it is unpaved and very rocky? A stunning natural phenomenon, these salt flats took... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Las Salinas Grandes is amazing. I traveled to Purmamarca by myself -- to get to Las Salinas Grandes, there are remises (private cars) that pick up passengers just off the main square in town. If you go in the morning, you'll find drivers looking to take people. My driver's name was Ignacio -- he hands out cards with his business... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We visited the Salinas Grandes as part of a round trip from Salta. It was a fascinating place to see being 32kms long and 9kms wide. If you go make sure that you take your sunglasses as the glare from the white salt is quite incredible.

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Argentina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

From Purmamarca. a about 90 minute drive to the Salt flats.... through the clouds into the High plains of the Andes.... 7,000 ft higher... to see the huge mirror extent in the plains, bright and white as snow, the salty scenery seems to endless. Reaching about 7 in summer and about 6:25 in winter...(our summer and our winter!) when the... More

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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I visited this as part of an excursion from Salta. This is an amazing view of mountains of salt and flats also. There are some salt water pools within the salt flats which reportedly have therapeutic properties.

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Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

More than 40 miles west form Purmamarca you climb up to the roof of the NW, where the peaks of Chañi and Moreno Mountain show their white cups proudly. Down in front, the salt flats, as the remains of ancient oceans, show the magnificency of those unique places where you feel in a complete different world. Crossing over the 13,600... More

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San Francisco, California
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7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is the first salt flat I've ever seen, so I was really looking forward to it. I had to make the drive from Purmamarca alone, since my wife couldn't handle the altitude on the road to the salt flats. While the flats themselves aren't so high, part of the pass is over 4000 meters/13,000 feet. I drove a rental... More

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Michigan
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44 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

Salinas Grandes, the great salt flats of Northwestern Argentina, is a magnicent expanse of salt deposits, over 3200 mi2 in extent. It has long sustained an indigenous culture that does sustainable salt mining but mainly lives off llama herding and personal agriculture and, in the modern era, tourism, the local people's major source of cash revenue. This "altoplano " expanse... More

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