Uyuni Salt Flat

Trip Start Jan 14, 2010
Trip End Sep 11, 2010

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


The hospital episode had jeopardised our plans to head south in Bolivia and see the salt flats, with the only option being two consecutive overnight buses if we were to stay on track to make our flight from Lima to Colombia. The 10 hour bus journey to the town of Uyuni (nearest to the salt flats) and back were the worst we have experienced so far, with seven of the ten hours on an unpaved dirt track with huge potholes. Our teeth were shaking violently in our skulls and the state of the roads might be a contributing factor to Bolivian people’s lack of teeth. The salt flats are an amazing sight, 12000km of white expanse, the remains of a lake which dried up thousands of years ago. We also got the obligatory photos, Rhi in a shoe, me standing on her finger etc.
We also went to a train graveyard. Basically from what we can gather from the tour guide who only spoke Spanish, the Bolivians bought loads of steam trains from the UK back in the 1900s-ish and when they couldn't afford to keep them running dumped them all at the salt flats. Also something about the salt makes them rust faster. We probably should do some research instead of guessing what the tour guy said.

We visited a place called 'Fish Island', again not sure why fish but it's really cool. Lots of cacti, and you can really imagine what the salt flats used to look like as a lake.
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