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Review of Salinas Grandes

Salinas Grandes
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Full-Day Tour Salinas Grandes, Purmamarca and More from Salta
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Full Day Trip to Salinas Grandes Salt Fields from Salta
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Full-Day Tour to Salinas Grandes, San Antonio and Purmamarca
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 7, 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 car and was able to avoid the tourist-trap stuff and just drive a mile or two from the road and kitsch and just watch the salt extend for miles. It was so peaceful. I would recommend a car, if you're comfortable driving in Argentina (not really a big deal in the north).

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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 of salt is stunning, whether in its pristine whiteness set against a coblat blue sky or - with climate change - sometimes covered by a shallow knee deep sea. It is a site worthy of World Heritage protection from exploitation by gobal corporate interest. But now it is targeted for its large lithium deposits which have the highest concentration of lithium in the world, 1,600 ppm as compared to the global average of like deposits of 1,100ppm lithium. Lithium is in great demand as it is used in the tiny batteries that power many modern electronic gadgets. My recommendation: See It Now, before - as a sordid history of resource expropriation and exploitation in the name of global development - chews it up and spits it out! Gold mining, by Canadian Companies in the region, is already poisoning the water, the next scarce resource on the planet!

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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Although I never made it to the REAL salt flats in Bolivia this was great! A lot cheaper and a lot shorter of a trip and I am happy with my decision of choosing this instead of Bolivia. I got some great photos and saw what I needed to see. A must see and it is only a half day adventure so just do it!

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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Definitively, you should get to the Salinas Grandes.
Not only they are impressive by themselves, but the road there is also impressive. Either going up through the Cuesta de Lipán, or either going via San Antonio de los Cobres, the road is an added bonus to this terrific place.
Be sure to take your sunglasses!!

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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We spent a day with Humberto of Vantage Tours in Salta. The trip went up through the Tastil ruins, paralleling the "train to the clouds" route for a while, stopped for lunch at San Antonio de Los Cobres for a llama stew lunch. The salt flats were still wet from recent rains, but you could walk out.

Trucks shoveled piles of salt and the sky reflected in the shallows of the pools. You're at 13,000 feet and you'd better wear sunscreen with the reflection off the salt. Salt workers suffer from both skin cancer and blindness, retiring at 55 (if they're still alive), so count your blessings that you're just visiting. As you leave you'll see vicuñas, llamas, and wild burros.

Try coca leaves for altitude sickness, and consider Dramamine if long stretches of curving roads bother you. And bring cold water to drink, and Kleenex for bathroom stops.

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