Is This Motorcycle Riding on Water?

Salar de Uyuni, BoliviaBy Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy)

Even since I read the Bible story about Jesus and Peter walking on water, I’ve wondered what it would be like. Without divine intervention, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, is the closest we’re going to get.

Welcome back to my Unbelievable Real Life feature, where I showcase weird creatures and offbeat places on our planet that seem like they should belong in a fantasy or science fiction story. Today we’re going to Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flats. At 4,086 square miles, they’re bigger than the states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Big deal, I hear you saying. So they’re big plains of salt. That’s not that cool.

But watch this…

The motorcycle looks like it’s either riding on the sky or on top of a lake.

This happens because this is one of the flattest areas on earth. When it rains, the water spreads out smoothly and deeply enough to create what amounts to the world’s largest mirror. It perfectly reflects the sky.

What do you think? Would you like to go and have your picture taken “walking on water”?

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Image Credit: Entrophy1963, used under Creative Commons license