Salar de Uyuni to the Chilean border
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
119Trip End Feb 28, 2007
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We got up surprisingly late considering we off on a tour.....got breakfast....again not great...bought our 3 days supply of toilet paper and water....and then hung around waiting to go! We set off about 11am, with our driver and his wife....our cook. The jeep was pretty cool and looked in good nick...but it was kinda cramped in the back....where the girlies ended up! Still it was all fun.....we bounced and shook along to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Now to most people this would have looked like a ghost town, but when you been in Latin America as long as we have you know better! It was in fact a salt manufacturing town! They collected the salt from the salt flats and processed it in a very simple way...not sure it would pass european standards, but it seemed good enough for them
Anyway bruised and battered(!!!!), we had made it to our first nights sleep. The place looked like an interesting town....one street....and the place we were staying looked even more interesting! Still our driver did manage to blag us the best dorm room, with beds that were actual intact! The toilets were something else! We thought the toilets in Bolivia in general were bad but these were worse! They were the usual no flush...have to get a bucket of water and pour it down the toilet.....no toilet seat scenario....but this time grimier and more basic than elsewhere! Oh well!! We then spent the rest of the evening playing cards...a new israeli game....the Dutch taught us....mainly in the dark till they eventually turned on the generator...and enjoyed good food......amazing mash and beefsteak, oh and yummy soup first! Was a very enjoyable day....if my head did hurt a little
The next day we were up early for brekkie, brekkie was yummy puffy pancake like things, eggs and jam. Then it was straight off in the jeep again on the insane bumpy roads..........well the dirt actually! We were treated before we left to amaxing views of the snow caps all around the tiny town we were staying in. The first amazing scenery we came across were these rocky outcrops with more snow caps in the distance. We took our pics and headed on. Shorty after the gals all needed wees so we stopped again so they could go running off into the bushes, bare their arses and get some relief!!!!! Then off again, that was pretty much how the day went, we stopped, took pics, weeed lots and carried on. There were however a few stories to tell. The lunch was amazing. We sat on little rocks and had salad freshly prepared in the desert, our guide made a makeshift table and we had a odd little pasta salad and pork picnic. And then we were off............ The flamingos at the lake were amazing, three kinds, even had white ones which weŽd never seen before. The gals had a row with the toilet women cos she was ripping us off 5 bolivianos to use her minging toilet. The lakes were beautiful, with reflections of all the snow capped moutains in the water. We eventually got to where we were going, an amazing red lake and a minging shack on the edge which was to be our base. It is without doubt the worst place wed stayed but the lake was beautiful
The next day.....we had to be up at 4am! Now what kind of time is that? Our driver said we had to be off early, and that we needed to see sunrise. We didnt go to bed too early either....were all tucked up for the night, when our driver came in asking to borrow a torch as he had lost his keys! Cracked us up something rotten, fortunately he found them again! So when it was 4am, everyone did NOT want to get up. Still we somehow managed tro drag ourselves out of bed and into the jeep in the dark. Drove through the desert as the sun came up...was quite cool seeing the mountains silouhetted in the background. We kep`t driving for ages...was kinda freaky in the dark...watching all the other jeeps appearing out of the dark! Just as it was properly light we arrived at the geysers....a huge area of smoking geysers....looked really cool.....couldnt believe it when we were able to walk right up to it, through the middle of all the bubbling mud
We arrived at the border, got our stamps to leave and said our sad good byes to everyone....all european style kisses! We then waited for the bus to take us to better places....the scenery may be amazing in Bolivia but we were glad to be moving on. Had an amazing tour tho....thanks Andrea tours.