Bolivian border post, near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Bolivian border post, near Laguna Verde

Bolivian Border Post, near San Pedro de Atacama

This rather forlorn looking shelter is the border post between Chile and Bolivia in the far southern reaches of the Reserva de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, a surreal high altitude reserve whose otherworldly desert landscapes feature luminescent salt lakes, rare flamingos and volcanic peaks reaching nearly 6000m (19,685ft). The post sits at 4488m (14,724 ft) above sea level, quite likely on the short list of the world’s highest border crossings. Expect to be huffing and puffing.

The vast majority of travelers going to and from Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the planet’s largest salt flat, and San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, will cross here. The salar is about 160km away, or two days and nights by organized tour; San Pedro, and the Chilean border post, is about a 35km drive.

Today’s Pic du Jour, the 227th (!!), was snapped on 26 March 2013. I’m assuming the light construction project has been completed since. Please click on the image to see the full uncropped version.

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