The Salinas Grandes in Salta Province

The following post was written by one of Say Hueque’s interns who had the opportunity to visit the Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Flats) in Salta province.


Cruising across the wide open landscapes we approached the Salinas Grandes (Great Salt Flats) of Northern Argentina. With llamas wandering along the mountainous plains, it was hard not to keep stopping our jeep and taking multiple photos of these comically regal beasts.

Wild llamas are a common sight along the route

Wild llamas are a common sight along the route

As we approached the Salinas Grandes, our guide Fernando advised us that we had arrived well before the other organized tour groups and that meant that we would have plenty of time to enjoy the site nearly by ourselves. Just imagine, our small group of 5 independent travelers (2 Americans, 2 Argentines and a Spaniard) had the morning to explore the Salt Flats and have fun taking photographs in the endless landscape of pure white. According to Fernando, the Salinas Grandes of Argentina are approximately 8300 square km, or nearly 60km from end to end and they are an increasingly important source of income for the region- namely for salt and potassium mining though there are other minerals mined in the area too.

The Salinas Grandes is every photographer's dream destination

The Salinas Grandes is every photographer’s dream destination

With bright sunshine and a mild breeze, we spent the next hour or two taking photographs to our heart´s content. That said, one of the best things about the Salinas Grandes is that space and time seem to blend together and what appears to be miles away, is just right in front of you! We had a great time photographing one another in front of the mini-salt pools and walking along the wide-open spaces as the white expanse seemed to go on forever.

The mini salt pools in the Salinas Grandes

The mini salt pools in the Salinas Grandes

From the Salinas Grandes we continued to the lovely mountain town of Purmamarca, Jujuy!

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