The Salar

Trip Start Aug 04, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, January 5, 2009

Next off to Uyuni, which is probably the biggest motorcycle destination in Bolivia.  The ride from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, is supposed to be very beautiful and very challenging.

Uyuni itself is located by the Salar de Uyuni, the largest dried salt lake in the world, basically a huge expanse of perfectly white and flat dried salt.  The Salar, and other similar salars in the area, are what is left over from when, about 100 million years ago, the Atlantic (that's right) Ocean retreated from this area due to the rising of this whole area as a result of tectonic action.  A lot of the water drained back into the ocean, some of it got stuck and evaporated, leaving the Salar. 

The ride to Uyuni was beautiful on a decent dirt road, but lots of washboards.  We went pretty fast, but when we got to town we found sever bolts that had loosened, snapped or fallen out.  A little too fast, I guess.   But we picked up some bolts in town and all was well.

Unfortunately, it's rainy season so the Salar was under about 6 inches of water, so we couldn't do our Bonneville Salt Flats speed trials with our bikes.  But we went to take a look, and it was pretty cool. 
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