Salar de Uyuni Tour - Day 1

Trip Start Jan 29, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

As you can see I split this up into the 4 days otherwise it would be information and picture overload!! This tour is quite famous in Bolivia and many travellers will come here to do it (the tour I mean!!), there are a few different options. For example we did a 4 day, 3 night tour which took us through some of the most breathtaking scenery I have ever seen, I had no idea Bolivia was so beautiful. The main highlight that most people want to see is the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats of Uyuni) and some just do a 1 day tour to see this instead. But I would definitely recommend the tour we did! It is the largest salt flat in the world at 10,582 square kilometers and is elevated 3,656 meters above sea level. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It contains 50 to 70% of the world's lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted - hopefully this doesn't destroy it so people can enjoy what we did for years to come.

Anyway we didn't have to get up too early thankgod, we left in our Landcruiser from Tupiza around 9am. The car consisted of us, another couple, the driver and his wife (the cook) and their young son, there was plenty of room still! We got a bit out of town into the country side and started driving along some pretty steep cliffs on top of the mountains, we didn’t know about this part!! It was a little scary as it’s basically a one lane, dirt road with blind corners… The driver would beep his horn going around the corner to let oncoming traffic know we were there! And yes we passed a few big trucks, all of us held our breath and hoped for the best. The scenery was stunning along the way as the photos tell, we seen llamas everywhere and most had bright coloured things stuck to their ears, they looked very pretty, ha ha. It’s obviously to mark them though. We stopped for lunch and drove most of the day, we came across deserted towns and houses along the way and stopped for the night at a tiny village with 2 dim street lights called San Antonio which stood at a whopping 4200m above sea level! We got to eat llama for dinner that night, tasted pretty good, that’s what the people eat mostly and live off out here. Vege’s don’t grow too well in this altitude! But our cook brought some with her lucky for us. It was a bloody freezing cold night, think it got below zero for sure, I have never been in that weather before, but we survived. On with the next day...

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