Originally published by Western & Oriental
The Star Wars films have long introduced audiences to other-worldly landscapes, from the arid deserts of Tatooine to the eerie forests of Dagobah. With the newest release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, viewers will discover a new planet, Crait, covered in vast expanses of pure white salt. Read on to discover where you can see this dramatic landscape for yourself (without having to risk running into the Death Star)…
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat - takes centre stage as Crait; you can spot it in a particularly eye-catching scene featured in the film’s trailer, in which bright flashes of red contrast with the staggeringly white landscape.
Salar de Uyuni is spread over more than 10,000 square-kilometres, and is a place of extremes. Extremely flat, extremely white, extremely dramatic. In the centre of the vast landscape you’ll find Isla Incahusi, a rocky outcrop studded with cacti that only enhances the ethereal landscapes.
Each year, the flat is transformed into an incredibly stunning sight. A thin layer of moisture settles on the salt and forms a highly reflective surface – often called the world’s largest
mirror! It’s an impossibly beautiful sight, and definitely one for your travel bucket list. Make sure to keep an eye out for Uyuni’s starring role as you watch the film; we guarantee the (wanderlust) force will be strong!
This isn’t the first time Star Wars filmmakers have sought earthly inspiration for their galactical adventures. 2016’s Rogue One featured the stunning Maldives as a filming location.