Hotel de Sal Cristal
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After a busy couple of days, cramming in three tours in two days, we were ready. Ready for another tour. This time to one of the most spectacular and naturally formed places on earth; Salar de Uyuni aka Uyuni Salt Flats in English. To get there, we were to embark on a three day tour, crossing the Chilean/Bolivian border. The title of each day …
... we later joked that we wouldn't have been able to tell whether our driver just drove us around in circles as they all looked pretty much the same though nonetheless absolutely miraculous and breathtaking. Our next stop was in a small area with numerous rock formations which we climbed to catch a better look at the active volcano "Ollague" that was spewing some dust and hot water. After a quick stop at a mini market we got to our accommodation for the ...
... with the 24-28 group. Okay, so off we went. It took about 45 minutes to get to the border of Bolivia and for me to figure out I had either 1. Been ripped off on what money I changed in Atacama to Bolivian currency, or 2. I had somehow managed to lose about $150 between the day before and that morning. So when I arrived at the border and was asked for my $135 visa fee, imagine my next bit of anxiety when I couldn't find it. So the Bolivian immigration officer ...
... Uyuni called Extreme fun pub, serving the most interesting cocktails I've ever seen. Milky cocktails in baby bottles, Bolivian style mojitos made from coca leafs and extremely unusual mugs. The floor was covered in salt that almost looked it sand.
After an all you can eat breakfast of cereal, fruit, eggs, potatoes, pancakes, fresh juices and all different kinds of breads we hit the road and headed for Potosi.
... why the lakes, although in close proximity, have different minerals. Laguna Blanco (white lake) gets its name from being full of calcium and Laguna Verde (green lake) contains copper and magnesium. The only wildlife that can survive the harsh terrain are Flamingos, mountain foxes, pumas, small snakes (no spiders YAY!!), Llamas and deadly Scorpions.
One of the lakes we passed had thousands of beautiful Flamingos, a ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking