Bolivia's altiplano is one of the world's most remote landscapes. Visit this desolate, high altitude plain and your first thought is likely to be, "Why did I come here?" If the high altitude doesn't leave you gasping for air, the freezing temperatures will certainly leave you shivering under a pile of blankets. Yet every year thousands of people visit the town of Uyuni and pay good money to visit this harsh corner of the world. Why?
The truth is, the Altiplano is a hidden treasure to anyone who takes the time to appreciate this remote, surreal landscapes.
Take the Arbol de Piedra (rock tree) in the image above. For millions of years, wind and water have carved the rocks into dramatic, otherworldly shapes. This particular rock is one of the most famous, as it stands like a lone sentinel, watching the passage of time.
Unlike more travelled parts of the world, there are no barriers between you and the "tree." You can walk up to and even lean against this prehistoric monument. But the magic happens with the sun drops below the horizon and turns the sky into fire.