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Flooded Salinas Grandes

While some tourists try to avoid the flooded season, they seem to be missing out quite a surreal spectacle


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Covering 6,000 square kilometres of Argentina, Salina Grandes is the world's third largest salt flat after Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and Chott el Djerid in Tunisia. Most of the tourists coming here include the white desert on their must-see list. As usual, one seeks for the best time to visit this place, and a number of sources recommend the dry season rather than flooded. Yet, the latter is not that bad as one might imagine. Maybe there's more discomfort but the pictures taken on such a surreal backdrop are worth it.

Generally, Salinas Grandes is set at the bottom, just 170 meters above sea level. It means the desert collects waters from all around, including the neighboring Sierras de Córdoba mountain range. The sun, however, doesn't allow it to stay there for a long while. The rainy season begins in December but then the desert might be described as only humid, not flooded. The best landscapes appear in January. The peak of rainfall is over by the end of Argentina's summer, that's in February. The surreal landscapes are likely to remain there till the end of March.

All in all, the desert is beautiful both drained and flooded. What sceneries are more appealing—you decide.

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