Fish Island, Bolivia


Don’t be fooled by the name, this surreal place isn’t really an island and there aren’t any fish. In fact, this isolated mound of petrified coral and giant cacti is located within the Salar de Uyuni, of south-western Bolivia, 3,656 metres above sea-level.

It certainly isn’t what you would expect to come across when cruising through the vast expanse of crisp whiteness that makes up the World’s largest salt flats.

Isla Incahuasi is dubbed Fish Island due to its fish-like shape and is a dramatic sight of hundreds of giant cacti, rising from the rock like furry fingers; some standing as high as 12 metres. Set against a backdrop of perfect white symmetry, it makes for a great photograph.

If you’re lucky you’ll even come across the resident Rhea, an ostrich-lookalike, which stalks around the island, to the delight of the visitors.

Written by - Edited by Charlotte Amelines - Photo by Sarah Gibbons

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