Salar de Uyuni and the Altiplano

Trip Start Feb 05, 2006
Trip End Apr 13, 2006

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Friday 17th March - we left La Paz by bus at 10.25 in the morning for a 3 hour journey to Oruro a one-horse town where we had a wonderful lunch. After lunch we took another 10-hour train journey to Uyuni (a railway graveyard) where our 4-day trip, across the Salar de Uyuni [the largest and highest salt flats in the world] and the Altiplano south to Chile, began.

The salt flats were extraordinary - 12,000 at 3,700m above sea level - from hard white at the beginning to the salt being covered by an inch of water that reflected the mountains and made it seem as though we were driving across an enormous lake. After that we drove through snow-covered mountains passed green lakes and a red one [although it wasn't red at the time] full of flamingos. We were in remote areas and stayed very simply for most of the 4 days and it felt like being on top of the world, the roads were dirt tracks at best and would have been impossible without a 4x4.
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