Spectacular Salt Flats
Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
27Trip End Jan 26, 2010
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We took 4x4's out to the flats in groups of 5 and started with a visit to the the Train Cemetry, an odd collection of dissued stream trains, mostly covered in graffitti. We then went to what was called the Salt Plant - a description thats a touch over the top for this small scale manual operation were the salt gets processed and then we went out to the salt flats themselves. Its difficult to describe why the vast expanse of white is so amazing to see but i hope a couple of the picures do it justice
The white stretches so far that you can play with perspective and take some great pictures with props (hence the dinosaur picture) - at least they say you can but it isn't quite as easy as it looks and we only managed a couple of half decent pictures after a lot of practice!!
We had lunch at Fish Island which is a rocky outcrop covered in loads and loads of cactus, some as old as a 1000 years. We finished up at a disused salt hotel and watched the sun setting on the salt - a really great day and trip. My only advice for anyone finding themselves in this part of the world is take the full 3 day trip across the flats and see the lakes and other sites that are just too much for a day trip, it is so difficult to get here you might as well make the most of it once you do!