Salty taste

Trip Start Jan 25, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Sunday, January 30, 2011

This was a very unique and enjoyable experience. I joined a 3 day tour starting in Uyuni and finishing in San Pedro de Atacama. We were 8 - the Bolivian guide and cook, an American couple, a Dutch couple, an Argentinian woman, and myself. At times the cook also decided to bring along her little son. We crammed into a 4WD and hit the road.

On day one we drove out onto the salt lake near the town of Uyuni - most of the salt lake photo's on this page are from this point of the tour. We had a couple of hours to take in the scenery and wear out our camera batteries. We had lunch outside a hotel located a 15 minute drive into the lake. The hotel is made completely of salt, and is an essential part of any salt lake tour.

As you would have expected, seeing the salt flats was the best part of the tour. However, the rest of the tour was still pretty cool. As the photo's illustrate, the landscape in this part of Bolivia is spectacular, and at times unbelievable. The striking colours of the surrounding lakes and flora, the thermal wind holes, strange rock formations and vast wide planes, were more than enough to keep us entertained on our journey.

Our cook produced yummy meals for us out of the back of the 4WD. Lots of rice :), lentils, beans, salads, and meat. I was a vegetarian at this stage, which this poor little Bolivian lady didn't seem to really understand. She did well most of the time, apart from the evening when she brought out beef lasagna for dinner. After a lengthy argument (which was actually a lot of fun testing my debating skills in Spanish) I had to settle for watery soup. The important lesson I learned from this - don't be a vegetarian in Bolivia (or anywhere in South America really)

Just before I was dropped off at the Chilean border (the rest of the tour members were returning Uyuni) on day 3, we had 45 minutes to relax in a natural hot spring bath
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