Butch Cassidy eat your heart out!
Trip Start Mar 21, 2005
22Trip End Oct 15, 2005
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After tour one we had a day off which involved little more than relaxing by the pool and booking a massage lady to come to our hotel room. (3pound for an hour, a splash-out I think was justified!!).
Tour 2, The Salar del Uyuni tour is the most famous and popular in Bolivia. 4 days in a jeep travelling around the most remote and beautiful scenery imaginable (actually it was not imaginable as there is nowhere else like it). We saw lakes of various bright colours Green, Red etc with thousands of flamingoes who live on them. The lakes generally matched the freezing tempretures outside but there were also hot springs (3 of us braved a swim, fine when in the water but horrible getting out), and geysers. The last day was the famous salt plains, miles of miles of nothing but white. It looked like snow but was not cold or wet to touch. Never in my life have I been able to look so far away but yet see only white, it was really strange. We stayed in one of the two salt hotels on our last night. It basically says what it does on the tin. The bricks are salt, the beds, tables, chairs etc are made of salt, in fact everything is made of salt. They had signs of the walls saying "do not lick the salt"!! I can see why, it tasted disgusting. If the tour was not amazing enough the people were. There were 6 of us and for a change all British. 2 people from Gurnsey and 2 from London, but not just London, Balham, and if that was not enough they lived in Coalbrook Mansions our block of flats, above us in fact and knew of my fire. This has to be the most remote place I have ever been to and I bump into my bloody neighbors, luckily they were nice. We ended the tour in Uyuni probably the worst town I have ever been too, despite the tourism it had not developed since the 1920s and was really dreary and eerie, oh well we only had a 6 hour wait for our bus out. When the bus arrived it had a smashed glass door that had to be forced open and a huge sticker of Osmar Bin Larden in the window. Get me out of this place!!!