Hard times on the tour

Trip Start Feb 01, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2010

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Saturday, October 9, 2010

You may think I am on holiday and I always have good time but this is not true. First because I am not on holidays, I have no job. Second because traveling is never as easy as it can seem. We
 left Tupiza for a four-day tour, with Andrés, Nico and two more frenchies. In a four wheel drive, there us not so much space so we were a bit packed. Our first was the sillar, a mountain behind Tupiza supposed to have the shape of the back of a horse. We hardly saw it but the landscape was nice. We stopped in the middle of the mountains for lunch. We had good tamales with lama's meat and some sandwiches. The road through the Lípez is long and you go up and down all the time. Fortunately, we made some stop to watch animals like lamas are suris, a kind of crazy ostrich. We stopped in San Pablo de Lípez which a small village with nothing and then continued to San Antonio to spend the first night. No showers in this remote place and light till 23:00. It will be this way during all the tour.
On the second day, we had to leave very early because the road in front of us was very long. After a stop in a ghost village we started to go higher and higher when we got a flat tyre. In the cold morning, it was not a pleasure to fix it for our driver. So we could reach 4000m height before reaching the Avaroa park. There we found many kind of alpacas and lamas but when we reached the lagoons it was crowded with flamengos. We could admire them for a while eating, walking or flying. We also saw a place with natural detergent. Later, we continued to have a bath in a natural hot spring before lunch. The next stop was the laguna verde which is at the border with Argentina and Chile, reaching 4800m, and I could volcano Licáncabu again. We passed through Dalí desert which reminds the artist's painting's landscape. We then headed to geysers which were quite funny to watch through the smoke getting out. Our very long finished at the laguna colorada to see more flamengos.
The third day was mainly driving through the desert. We stopped at the arbol de piedra. There were rocks with weird shapes like a tree or anything you could imagine. We passed by several lagoons with more flamengos. We also got to see a fox and a vizcacha which looks like a big squirrel. At the end of the day, we could rest in a hotel made of salt bricks by the famous salar de uyuni. During the night, our driver got drunk and did not wake up to leave and see the sunrise. We were all quite angry. Another driver woke him up and still drunk he drove us to the island in the salt desert called Incahuasi (inca's house). As we were very unlucky on this day that we waited for so long, the weather was very cloudy and we could not see much of the sunrise which was supposed to be spectacular and the landscape on the salar was not so extraordinary. While our driver was trying to recover, we had breakfast and took the usual silly pictures. The last stop was colchani where bolivians produce salt and bricks but nobody was working on this rainy day. At this point, we were all tired of four days in a car, bored with the shitty music and disappointed by our lack of luck. So we arrived in Uyuni. The ATMs was out of order so we could not get money to pay the tour. Andrés had lend money to all of us. We separted from our driver and the cook. We walked to the train's cemetery which is nice for pictures and waited our bus to Potosí.

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