Uyuni Salt Plains

Trip Start Jan 18, 2007
Trip End Sep 01, 2007

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

So, an early rise this morn as we were off on a full day trip to the uyuni salt plains. First off we were picked up by our guides and taken to a really random ´train cemetery´ where loads of old steam trains were placed and rusting....v random but kind of cool. Then it was back into the jeep and off to the salf flates themselves. Firstly we stopped off at a small place whith a salt processing plant where they pile up all the salt taken from the plains, heat it up to dry it out adn bag it. 50kg of salt will be bought from them for $1 so you can imagine how much they need to process to make a decent living. After that we stopped off at a little market and bought some amazing knitted hats, scarfs and cool s american trousers all for dirt cheap prices. We also had to have the obligatory silly pic taken on the back of a salt llama, which I managed to injure myself on by falling of the stool as I got on. Well, if you can count a grazed little finger as an injury....!

Then we were off to the actual plain, first stopping off at the huge piles of salt made on the plains, and of course takign a million pics, then off to the Volcano Tunupa, which was an amaing perfct shield volcano all different colours of rock....beautiful. Here we had an amazing view over the plains and also randomly got to see some Inca mummies in a cave up the volcano. The drive across the plain was amazing....the volcano didn{t look that far away when we started but as we were just driving through miles of the same thing it took much longer than we expected...perspective is really skewed out there

We ate lunch in a little hostel on the volcano that was made of rock salt, including the room we were in, the tables, chairs etc....v weird but cool. After lunch we walked down to the edge of the salt plain and visitd the flamingos and llamas, before being picked up again by our guides to drive over to the Isla de Pescado, an ísland´in the middle of the salt plain, completely covered in massive cacti. Again, a great view of the plains, and the oldest cactus on the island here was 1200 years old!

We then had to rush to get to a specific part of teh plains where we could take great perspective photos, which you can see once i´ve uploaded them! Then another quick drive over to the rock salt hotel....yes, an entire hotel amde of rocksalt, including the beds....brrrr and uncomfy i see them amazing sunset over the plains. By now it was getting pretty cold so we drove back to Uyuni town itself back toe the amazing pizza place for yummy dinner again!
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