The Beauty Goes On (by KCT)

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Crossing the Salar de Uyuni, the largest and highest salt lake in the world, was one of the highlights of our trip! We have never seen such beautiful landscapes before and we would go back to these places anytime!

From Uyuni, a very small city located southwest of Bolivia, we went on a 3-days-tour with a 4WD Toyota Landcruiser to see salt flats, volcanoes, multi-colored lakes and Salvador Dali-like desserts. On the first day, we crossed the 10,582 square km wide-Salar which was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes and is now covered by a few meters of salt crust. It was such a stunning experience as bright blue skies contrasted with the blinding white salt crust, and at the horizon we could see volcanoes towering. Furthermore, as the Salar is virtually devoid of any wild life and vegetation, it was amazing to find an island inside the Salar which was dominated by giant, thousands of years old cacti. The first day was even surpassed by the next following two days when we got to see several different colored Lagunas which shores and shallows were crusted with gypsum and salt and in which rare pink flamingos breed and live. One of them, the red Laguna Colorada, must be one of the Bolivia's – no, even one of the world’s most spectacular and most isolated marvels! As if it were not enough, we got further delighted by sizzling geysers and landscapes that resembled the painting of Salvador Dali.

Again, those three days were probably one of the best days we had, even though it got freezing cold nighttimes as we got very far south close to the Chilean border. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth to bear the -15 degrees Celsius-nights, staying in hotels which were built by using salt blocks cut from the surface of the Salar, just to see the beauty of the nature!
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