If you are plan­ning a trip to this won­der­land, then you should def­i­nite­ly vis­it one of the great­est nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­na — Sali­nas Grandes in north­ern Argenti­na. Locat­ed at an alti­tude of 170 m above sea lev­el at the foot of the Sier­ras de Cór­do­ba moun­tain range, the salt fields cov­er 12,000 hectares.

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Tourism potential of Salinas Grandes

Sali­nas Grandes is some­thing you will nev­er for­get as it is the third largest plateau in the world. From a dis­tance, the salt flats look like a huge frozen lake. How­ev­er, there is no snow here — instead, there is nat­ur­al self-heal­ing salt up to 1.5 m thick. Long ago, this area was an ancient lake. On a sun­ny day, the daz­zling con­trast between the blue sky and the end­less field of white is breath­tak­ing. If you want to take in this mag­i­cal land­scape with­out hurt­ing your eyes, then you should def­i­nite­ly grab a trusty pair of sun­glass­es. Sun­screen and a cou­ple of bot­tles of water are also rec­om­mend­ed when vis­it­ing this amaz­ing nat­ur­al won­der.

salt fields of Salinas Grandes

Although the area is pri­vate­ly owned by min­ing com­pa­nies, they are will­ing to allow tourists to roam Sali­nas Grandes com­plete­ly free of charge. Vis­i­tors can watch and learn about the min­ing process of the min­er­al salt and buy some bags as sou­venirs. Salt extrac­tion meth­ods in Argenti­na have tra­di­tion­al­ly been unchanged for decades. First, a rec­tan­gu­lar bar is cut with an ax. The salt is then removed and piled next to the ditch and filled with water. Since the sun shines almost all year round, the water evap­o­rates with­in six weeks.

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To add more salt to your vis­it, you can dine at the open-air salt restau­rant “Restau­rant de Sal” over­look­ing the road towards Chile. The immen­si­ty of the salt flats offer excel­lent pho­to oppor­tu­ni­ties. You can get amaz­ing results by play­ing with the visu­al per­spec­tive as well as the com­bi­na­tion of white and blue. In terms of size, Sali­nas Grandes can only be infe­ri­or to the famous Uyu­ni Salt Flats in Bolivia.

How to get to Salinas Grandes

To reach this seclud­ed area of ​​Sali­nas Grandes, it takes about 200 km of trav­el along routes 9 and 52. The route pass­es some pic­turesque vil­lages such as Yala, Tum­baya and Pur­ma­mar­ca. There are no bus tours here, so you can either book a pri­vate tour or rent a car. Pub­lic trans­port in the area is quite lim­it­ed. The salt fields are stun­ning sights that should not be over­looked if you hap­pen to be in Argenti­na.

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