It is us again the travelling wonders having just returned from Uyuni back to La Paz via Oruro. On our way to Uyuni we decided to break our travelling up slightly by staying in Oruro only to be attacked by a mass of water balloons and water pistols as everyone there prepared for carnival. We also saw what must be the worlds largest beer bottle and Carl had his wallet pinched whilst he was busy munching on a breakfast burger, I guess that was karma for the privilage of witnessing the mass of beer! Never mind not much of a loss and far better things to look forward to after arriving in Uyuni. Upon arriving in Uyuni we were quick to arrange a trip to the salt lakes and mountainous regions surrounding Uyuni, which we were told is a must see and also found that the water bombers had seemed to follow in our tracks but unlucky for them the gringos were armed with giant super soakers!! Our 3 day tour set off from Uyuni on Tues in a pretty shabby looking 4 X 4, safe to say ours did do the job although had to be pushed by the boys on a few occasions luckily not in the snow or boggy mud
! It is safe to say we have never witnessed so many different landscapes in such a short space of time and all of them were amazing!! Day 1 we arrived at the salar de Uyuni (salt lakes) which cover a distance of over 12,000sqkm. It was truely difficult to judge where the sky finished and the ground began and because we visited during their wet season the small amount of water laying on the salt acted as a giant mirror where the boys and girls (less adventurously!) decided to emmulate a classic Isralie backpacker pose on this natural wonder! Day 2 was much the same as we drove through endless deserts and snow capped mountains stopping the jeep for the odd piccie and snow ball fight, one of which actually took place in the jeep after being instigated by our cheeky cook (whos name sounded like elbow). On the way back to Uyuni on the 3rd day we drove through the snow to witness more natural wonders that were the geysers and other volcanic activity amidst the Andes at 4,780m above sea level. We finished with a dip in a natural hot pool which felt like having a hot bath at 4,000m above sea level, the only difference being was that we were surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains, also a relief after not attempting to brave the freezing cold showers the previous 2 days! We are now back in La Paz after a hellish 24 hrs caused mostly by an 8 hr delay on our train returning to Oruro, still at least we saved on paying for hostel accomodation as had a freebee on the train station floor!! We now await the madness that is the Rio carnival.