Salt Flats

Trip Start Oct 01, 2012
Trip End Mar 03, 2013

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salt flats

Flag of Bolivia  ,
Monday, October 29, 2012

When we arrived in Uyuni it was like a ghost town compared to other towns that we have stayed in. There was nothing there, the only reason that the town really exists is for the salt flats and its tourism. The Salt flats is flat land of salt particles which spans over many 100s of kms. The locals dig it up, put the salt into piles to dry then bring it back into town to turn into salt granules. The salt is then used in Bolivia for food but also to build houses with. The bricks are made out of the sand so the houses are white.
On the salt flats we watched people at work but we also had a lot of fun. The salt flats are pure white so you can make some very funny pictures using objects and yourselves, this gave us hours of amusement.
On the way home we stopped at a train cemetery. The trains here come from the UK, they were brought across in the revolution however were not used due to political reasons. They were then dumped in a vast open space where they have become a feature. Locals have built swings and sea-saws around them. 
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