Would You Like Salt With That??

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Jul 09, 2012

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 1
Arrived at 7:30 off the very bumpy night bus from La Paz, walked through a bitterly cold Uyuni, booked our tour to leave at 11 am that morning for the salt flats, Uyuni is not the kind of place you stay too long in! Additionally, we booked our bus onwards to Tupiza from when we return from the Salt Plains at the same time!! At 11, we took off in a bus with a driver called Santiago who had no English and four Brazilians, lovely!! As it turned out, all the Brazilians had perfect English and were all lovely so were were happy out!! Our first stop was to a train graveyard on the outskirts of Uyini, which was random but fascinating at the same time. From there we made our way to the Salt Flats, where we got lunch, took a pile of daft pictures on the plains (see below). We also visited an Island in the middle of the plains with a Volcano at the top and covered with cactuses. The plains themselves we incredible, the most bizarre place we have ever been! Then we drove for 3 hours across the salt plains to our accommodation for the night, the accommodation where were staying for the night bore a strange resemblance to the hotel from the shining! (Thankfully Santiago didn't come through the bedroom door in the middle of the night with a hatchet. Here's Santiago, doesn't have the same ring to it as Here's Johnny!!)
As we had an early start in the morning, we had dinner at 7:30 and went to bed straight away after it!! Boring Fun Sponges is what we have become!!

Day 2
Up at 6 am. Got out to watch the sunrise on a hill over the salt flats, it was amazing to say the very least. Came back, got breakfast, got breakfast and we headed off on our way, drove for hours to a lagoon that was full of Flamengos which were truly amazing. Following on from that we went to another lake with even more Flamengos with a backdrop of the Andes mountains with snow at the tips. We had luch there and then headed off to visit another Lagoon, the difference with this Lagoon was it was blood red, an amazing sight to see. From there we went to visit some geysers, 4800 metres up in the Andes mountains. We had never been to geysers before and were totally surprised at how amazing they were....and how smelly they were. I have smelled a set of sheep's lungs after they were left in a classroom bin in the Patrician High School and lived with a particularly smelly house mate from Tullamore (sorry Mick) but nothing could compare to the smell of the Geysers, as impressive as the looked!

Thankfully we made our way onto Arbol De Piedra (A stone tree carved out of sandy winds) and then onto thermal springs where we hung out for a wile. From there we made our way onto the Green Lagoon, which is set beside a massive Volcano on the Chilean Border. We then made our way to our 'accommodation'  for the night. Which was basic to say the very least. We played some cards with the Brazilians, had dinner with our first bottle of wine in South America, a Bolivian Red (If you are in Supervalu at the weekend and see a Bolivian Red Wine on offer, avoid it like the plague!).  Another early night as there was nothing to do and we had an early start!!

Day 3
Up early after a cold cold night, got breakfast, dropped two of the Brazilians at the border crossing with a Chile, we then made our way back to Uyini, the journey took 7 hours stopping once for lunch. We got back to Uyuni, grabbed our bags and got a pizza in the Minuteman pizza joint, best pizza we have had in a long time. We then jumped on the bus to Tupiza, home of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bring it on!!


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