Hard times on the tour
Trip Start Feb 01, 2010
115Trip End Dec 18, 2010
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
In random accommodations on a tour
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.
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.