Wild Flamingos and never ending Salt Flats
Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
59Trip End Sep 20, 2012
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The Salt Flat tour was absolutely amazing! We have seen the most beautiful places on earth. I feel as if I have said that in quite a lot of blogs beforehand already, but that is just because I never expected it to get any better. The National Park "Eduardo Avaroa" and the Uyuni Salt Flats proved me wrong once more. There is no words for it and also the pictures I took will never be able to show how impressive, peaceful and just magical our four day tour was. We saw colourful mountains with white tips; blue, white and red lagoons with wild flamingos; wild lamas; 9 metre high cacti, the endless white of the Salt Flats and one epic scenery after the other that took our breath away.
We were lucky with our tour in so many ways. Four days ago we jumped into a Jeep with four random people who would make the next days even more special. Our driver Moses and our cook Augustina were the sweetest people, they showed us around and fed us more than well - breakfast, a snack, lunch, afternoon tea with biscuits and dinner. There was so much more food than we could eat (that excludes Jack) and it was always exactly what we needed: fresh salads, veg and meat for lunch and a hot soup as a starter in the freezing evenings, which was always my favourite part.
The other two people in our car were Sam and Tul who we got along with so well that I'm sure it wasn't the last we have seen of them. Conveniently they live in London. During the day we shared the excitement of the beautiful nature and every now and then headaches as results of altitude sickness. In the evenings we shared wine, whisky and the secret of great card games and at night the freezing cold and left over blankets from the spare beds.
The days were already freezing enough (we moved between altitudes of 3000 and 5000 metres) the nights where almost unbearable. I slept with socks, tights, leggins, pyjama bottoms, tanktop, t-shirt, jumper, fleece jacket, hat, sleeping bag liner, sleeping bag and three to five blankets. Still I woke up the first two nights from the sound of my shattering teeth. I had no thermometre on me but later on I heard that it was between -10 and -20 degrees at night. The hostels in the national park were very nice but basic and without any kind of heating or insulation. At least we were all in it together and in retrospect it made the whole trip even more authentic.
Yesterday it was it was time for a sad goodbye because Tul and Sam went back to Tupiza to travel South and Jack and I were dropped of in Unyuni from where we keep on going North...