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Bolivia : Potosí

24.5 km (15.2 miles) E of Sapaya, Potosí, Bolivia
Approx. altitude: 3660 m (12007 ft)
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Antipode: 20°N 112°E

Accuracy: 13 m (42 ft)
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#2: Confluence south view #3: Confluence east view #4: Confluence west view #5: Garmin GPS showing 20°S 68°W #6: ORC Members

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#1: Confluence north view

(visited by Roberto Maldonado)

18-May-2006 -- Five members of the ORC Bolivia (www.orcbolivia.com) took the mission to conquer the confluence located in the middle of the "Salar de Uyuni" (Uyuni Salt Flats).
After driving more than 800 kilometers we arived to the town of Colchani to start driving inside the "salar", after two hours of driving we located the confluence point in the middle of nothing, where nobody has been before.

After the most expectacular breakfast place, Mario Mendieta, Alvaro Camacho, Jaime Teran, Javier Alvarez and Roberto Maldonado took the way back home.

The Salar de Uyuni, with over twelve thousand square kilometers, is the largest salt flats in the world; during the wet season it appears as a mirror lake that can be traversed not by boats but by four wheel vehicles, it is only six to twenty inches deep.
Driving across it is one of the weirdest and most fantastic experiences anywhere on the continent, when the bright blue skies contrast with the blinding-white salt crust. Dawn and dusk on the salt flats are wonderful spectacles, and in the rainy season they turn into a gigantic mirror. It is a photographers paradise.


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#5: Garmin GPS showing 20°S 68°W
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  Notes
On the salt crust of the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat.