4x4 trip to the Salir de Uyuni salt plains

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

We got picked up at 7am in a minibus to be taken to the Bolivian border where our 4x4 was waiting. This was to be  the highlight of our trip so far, the 3 day journey to the "Salir de Uyuni",  the Bolivian salt plains. On the way we would pass thermal springs, lagoons and geysers. There was a total of 18 people on our trip, three 4x4s with 6 people in each vehicle. We stayed in small villages high up in the Andes with populations of less the 100 people. The scenary was amazing, please see the photos.

Day 1: Laguna Blanca (White Lagoon), Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon), thermal springs, geysers and Laguna Colorada (Coloured Lagoon). We saw pink and white flamingos at the Laguna Colorada. The lagoons are all differnent colours due to the minerals and algee that are present. In the evening everyone suffered from altitude sickness as we were over 4000 meters above sea level

Day 2: The "Rock Tree" a rock that looks like a tree (see photos), the "Coloured mountains", "Rock Valley" and Laguna Negra (Black Lagoon). We saw a desert hare and a desert fox along the way. We moved to a lower altitude in the evening so most of us felt better.

Day 3: The "Train Cemetary" and the finally the "Salir de Uyuni". That evening Jamie left us to go on to La Paz, the capital of Bolivia as he needed to see a dentist. He`s also meeting Jamie (girl) who´s coming out this Friday. We took a bus to Tupiza, the "Wild West" of Bolivia.   

The whole trip was amazing, no words can describe it. Please see the photos!


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Simon Collie on

Loving the photos Dave. This seems like an amazing place to visit. Interesting use of perspective!

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