Salar de uyuni
Trip Start May 16, 2012
38Trip End Aug 02, 2012
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Tuesday night we took the night bus from la paz to uyuni, a 10 hour trip. We had been pre-warned about how cold the buses were at night, so we got a tourist bus down with supposedly individual climate controls! We got a small meal, cup of tea, blanket, pillow and semi cama seat (slight reclining seat). Was relatively comfortable, but half way through the journey it was freezing, the windows had iced over!
We made it down to uyuni and waited a few hours for our tour. We decided to do a one day tour (rather than the standard 3 day), so we just saw the salt flats, the three day sees some lagoons and other things.
We first went to the train cemetery just outside of uyuni.
We then went in our 4wd to a small town where they process the salt from the salt flats into the salt you buy. It gets dried out, cooked, then crushed through a machine with an added vitamin. Then packaged into 1kg bags to sell.
We then travelled out onto the salt flats. It is so surreal driving out on them, it's sunny but cold and so white, it makes you think that your at the snow!!
We drove out to an island made of volcanic coral and rocks, and climbed to the top where they performed rituals to pacha mama each year.
After lunch we then headed back, we stopped at some holes in the salt flat, two rivers flow under the salt flats and are rich in lithium. We got to pull out crystalized salt formations, they form into perfect straight squares, is amazing.
We then travelled further back to the perfect place to take our pictures
Lastly we stopped at the salt mountains to take more pictures, they create these to help dry out the salt.
After we went for drinks at extreme fun bar with our fellow people in our salt flats tour. The bar has heaps of differant drinks, and records to break. There was a page of drinks in mystery cups that you had to figure out how to drink without spilling them!
Was heaps of fun and a great way to try and tire ourselves out for our overnight bus trip back to la Paz!