Uyuni, Bolivia 25th Jan - 29th Jan
Trip Start Dec 13, 2012
100Trip End Apr 02, 2014
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This was the base point from which to take a 3 day tour over the salt flats and Bolivian Altiplano.
We arrived in the quiet town in the evening after our adventure in Potosi and had just enough time to book onto a tour for the next day
Uyuni is normally done as a 1 day tour just to see the salt flats but we are so glad we chose the three day one as we saw the most amazing landscape and it was definitely a highlight of our round the world trip.
Day 1: We set off in a 4WD with the three of us and another four girls from Spain and Portugal
First we made a few stops at some different locations, a train cemetery where you could climb all over rusty trains & lots of tourist stalls.
Next stop was the salt flats. This is the largest salt lake in the world, covering 10,000 sq km. It has a thick crust of salt over the top which in the centre is over 10 metres thick so it's easy to drive straight across.
As it is now rainy season, the flats are flooded so we rolled up our trousers, hopped out of the car and walked through the salty water to take some pictures.
Because it was flooded, there was an amazing reflection of the blue sky and clouds across the white flat area. The area also acts as a blank canvas too, so we took lots of piccies changing the perspective, making one person really small and one really big…. The novelty for us was that we could both be the same height in a pic for once ;-))
Before long it started raining and there was no more reflection, just grey
That night we stayed in a hotel made of salt! The walls, the floors, the tables and even the beds were made from salt! It really was cold there that night, really cold.
Day 2: We set off after brekkie and headed out on the road. We had A LOT of kms to cover that day.
The landscape here is absolutely amazing. We were just in the middle of nowhere with snow-capped mountains in the distance, strange rock formations in the foreground, amazing lakes of different colours, flamingos and other birds.
Wild Llamas were everywhere & sometimes would look up from what they were doing to watch us driving past and then carry on with their business after.
We were so high up it felt like we were almost level with the snow on the mountain peaks, it’s definitely the closest we have got to snowy peaks anyway
We had lots of stops along the way to take it all in - the photos speak for themselves.
That night we slept in a national park 6 beds in one room & Neil joined another groups room. We all had dinner together with ALL of our layers on in the freezing cold at about 5000m above sea level.
Day 3: We woke at 4am to head off early and catch the sunrise over the mountains, it was a beautiful experience.
Shortly after that we arrived at some geysers. In the middle of nowhere, were a series of geysers and bubbling hot craters in the ground spitting mud out. Wow!
We got right up close to them & walked around them, the steam in our faces. Very surreal, that with the sun coming up made it a perfect start to the day.
We then jumped into a thermal bath with our group and a few other groups too
Our last stop was the Chilean border where we dropped some of our group off. Technically we have been to Chile now too, even if it was only for a minute ;-))
The rest of the way was spent heading back to the hotel in Uyuni. We had different stops along the way throughout the day, but the best of the scenery was already behind us.
Would recommend it to anyone!!!
Food & Drink
Favourite Local Dish: Llama Steak
International McDonalds Meal: No Maccas
Local Beer: Pacena
Hostal Avenida – Double room with wifi and private bathroom $19 a night
Meals: All included
3 Day Salt Flats Tour: $100 Each including all food drink accommodation & transport
National Park Entry: $25
Average Daily Spend per person: $43
Transport there for both of us: $13 bus from Potosi
Total Spend for both of us inc. Transport: $350