3 days crossing the Bolivian Altiplano

Trip Start Jun 09, 2010
Trip End Jun 10, 2011

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Monday, April 11, 2011

We will let the photos do most of the story-telling on this one.  There is a lot of information out there about the dodginess of tour operators in this part of Bolivia - and we did a lot of research and talking to people before deciding to go.  Ultimately it comes down to the specific driver you get (and your jeep-mates) and in both cases we were truly lucky.  We went with Cordillera Travel, which seemed to have the fewest bad comments.  Plus, we were willing to pay the extra $10 to go with them.  El Rey (the King) was our driver, and with his police siren horn he always got us to our accomodations in first place. 

For some people I am sure this trip is too cold, too rustic and dirty, and too much driving.  For us it was amazing - the sheer impressiveness of the Altiplano as well as the Salar (salt-flat) more than made up for the very simple accommodations, ho-hum food and long bumpy, dusty distances.    

We saw numerous multi-colored lakes, flamingo colonies, mountains and volcanoes galore, as well as the salar itself.  On to the photos....   

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