Sep 13, 2010
May 08, 2011
Bolivia is a country of contrasting ugliness and beauty. The town of Uyuni and the surrounding salt flats and mountains are the perfect illustration of this. The last entry was a bit depressing so I won't mention Uyuni which had a deserted rubbish strewn back of beyond chic going on. Instead I'll focus on the 3 days of the singularly most stunning jam-packed beautiful sequence of scenes one could possibly imagine. In fact don't even try to imagine it just look at my pictures. Katy and I took a slight deviation from the standard tour and went to see the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) just before sunset which was pretty and very salty. The next day we rented a quad bike for an hour and drove to a train graveyard where we sped between abandoned rusty carriages and jumped over rail tracks. In the afternoon we were picked up by the tour and headed out into the rock filled desert mountain luna landscape which separates Bolivia and Chile. Over the next 2 days we saw Dali-esque rock formations, lakes filled with red algae and flamingos, steam spouting geysers and fabulous snow-capped volcanoes. We then left the tour again to cross the border to Chile, our penultimate country destination. Our group contained 2 Uruguayan ladies, an Argentinian hombre and 1 Japanese Hero (that was his name, not his job). We got along splendidly, playing cards in the evening (we taught them shithead and blob) and I was given almost complete free reign over the music selection which Katy described (unfairly) as fulfilling my music-nazi tendencies! A great few days had by all.