Tayka - Hotel de Piedra
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Breakfast at the hotel was average. Just the ubiquitous pink yogurt, and toast (with real butter at least) and jam, tea, and bananas. Our non-English speaking guide arrived and we loaded into the tour vehicle, which was a 4 x 4. His fiancee was coming along too; at first they said she was the cook, but it turned out she was actually just coming for …
... was even decent and not as cold as expected (little did we know then how cold it can get over night in this desert).The walls and our beds were made out of salt. Pretty cool, huh?
Instead of leaving at 8 in the morning on the next day, our driver told us that there was no chance to leave in that car and that none of the agencies responsible (ours and the one he was from) cared enough to organize another car. That poor guy was almost in tears – he had ...
We went down for breakfast at 7:30 because our driver and guide wanted to leave at 8:00. It was once again buffet and not at all interesting. I settled for two pieces of white toast, coffee and coca tea.
We drove north towards the village of Alota, about an hour. We stopped at some really pretty rock formations and walked around them looking for the black rabbit. Our guide said sometimes he has counted as many as 200 of them in these rock ...
... beds, the tables, chairs etc.
This was all well and good, but we were itching to get to the salt flats themselves. We knew it was the rainy season, and our guide had warned us that the salt flats were flooded. Upon hearing this, our group was pretty disappointed, and we were all keen to get some of the iconic perspective photos that are possible on the flats. We tried to stay positive! We started our drive onto them, and the water was about half a meter deep, it looked more ...
... apparent snowcapped peaks, we learned are actually sulfur and borax creating the white tops towering above the rest of their iron rich red bases, though there are, in addition, true snowcapped volcanos along the route from Southern Bolivia's high planes to Chile's Atacama desert, the world's driest desert, where we arrived this morning at 11:30 am, Chilean time (one hour ahead of EST).
*********Ari, Noa and Eli's stories in this entry are told in their pictures and captions.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTayka - Hotel de Piedra Uyuni
We booked this as part of a private, bespoke tour around Uyuni, the salt flats and the surrounding desert. It was beautifully made out of big lumps of rock, as the name suggests, in a small settlement called ( we think) San Pedro de Queme. Dinner was in their lovely fairly cosy restaurant where we also had a half bottle of Bolivian wine which was very passable. We got soup, chicken then apple and yogurt (that was a bit crap). Our room had big single beds, with loads of cosy blanket, and an amazing view of the village and the desert.Breakfast was unfortunately pretty poor- sugar puffs, porridge but no hot milk or microwave access to actually cook it, teas, a yogurt each, and some more bread. There was of course no internet at all. But it was a nice hotel and we knew it would be remote with limited resources.
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