AN ALIEN GE­OG­RA­PHY

The Peak (Singapore) - - Travel -

While a mar­vel, Bo­livia’s Salar de Uyuni re­quires wilder­ness prepa­ra­tion.

01 ALTI­TUDE SICK­NESS

At 3,600m above sea level, Salar de Uyuni will typ­i­cally bring on headaches, dizzi­ness and short­ness of breath. Be­fore you travel, check with a doc­tor to see if alti­tude sick­ness medicine ac­eta­zo­lamide – com­monly called Di­amox – is suit­able for you. The lo­cal rem­edy is coca leaf tea.

02 EX­TREME TEM­PER­A­TURES

Bring lay­ers of cloth­ing to ad­just to tem­per­a­tures that swing from 18 deg C at mid-day to mi­nus 20 deg C at night.

03 COLD SALT GROUND

Wear wa­ter­proof shoes to pro­tect your feet from the cold and of­ten cor­ro­sive salt wa­ter, es­pe­cially if you in­tend to wade into shal­low pools for “mir­ror ef­fect” pho­tos.

04 SALT BLIND­NESS

Just like snow blind­ness on a ski trip, salt blind­ness is a risk here. Pack sun­glasses, sun­screen and a hat.

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