Salar de Uyuni
Trip Start Jan 08, 2014
18Trip End Jan 25, 2014
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Today isn't over yet, but our tour is - actually it ended several hours ago. It is now 1 pm and our tour ended at 10:30 am BUT it started at 5 am. We were up at 4:30. I had to put away my charging batteries propped up by my daypack because I needed by daypack. I did change some clothes although it might not have been noticeable to anyone else. We had a breakfast downstairs of bread and jam and tea or instant coffee. I had the trimate tea - I hope it had some coca leaves to combat altitude sickness although I don't really have a headache anymore - fatigue yes, especially climbing the stairs to the third floor.
Jorge/Roger came quite promptly not that long after 5 am and we headed off. He had the Toyota Land Cruiser all spiffed up again - he treats that vehicle better than a baby I think. First we went off to the Salar de Uyuni for the sunrise
We stopped at a few more places and I am not sure I have them in the proper order. There were the little hills of salt on the surface where the local salt miners would scoop up (probably by shovel) the mounds of salt and take them to be processed. There were some machines there. Then we saw the ice hotel with its salt carving of the Dakar race and lots of flags. Apparently the salt hotel is no longer officially open, but there were people camping with tents inside one part and quite a few people having coffee on little cloth-covered tables in another part. You could see the salt blocks used in the construction of the buildings. We also traveled to the Ojos de Salar - where salt water bubbled up to the surface. It was not a hot springs since the water was cool but Jorge said that the water was good for rheumatism. Let's see, where else did we go?
We stopped at a village where the buildings were constructed of salt and we went to the banos where a man explained their salt production business
We stopped at the train cemetery outside Uyuni and I thought this place was great. There was quite an assemblage of train cars - lots of engines it looked like - wheels beginning to sink in the sand and graffiti painted on them. But it was quite picturesque. Quite a few other people were there posing near the cars and on them (just like the rocks but no one peeing that I could see). I think that was our last stop and Jorge/Roger drove us back into Uyuni. He dropped us all off at the hotel where Astrid and I have booked the room for a second night. The others were not sure exactly when they would be going back to San Pedro.
Both Astrid and I were quite hungry after our minimalistic breakfast so we headed out to find a restaurant highly rated in the guide book. We looked and looked and it did not appear so we went into an appealing internet cafe instead. Here we got real coffee, real orange juice and I had an excellent omelet and Astrid, an egg sandwich
At this point, I was getting cold, and didn't have my glasses or camera. Astrid wanted to come back to the hotel too...for some reason. She ended up deleting photos. I uploaded and started today's blog. I still need to do yesterday's. Now I am going to try to get a little sleep - just as well - I just heard a loud thunder.
I hadn't noticed but, with the window open a tiny bit, rain had splashed on my sox and farther over on the bed into my electrical gadgets. This I noticed when Astrid woke me up because she was ready to go out...was it for lunch? Or dinner? In any case, we tried to go to the new Cactus restaurant but it doesn't open until 6 so we went to a pizzeria. There are tons of pizzerias in this town - it is a real backpacker town, with lots of hostels and lots of young people in shorts, hiking boots and weird hats