Salt Flat adventure

Trip Start Sep 03, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

We spent three days in jeeps crossing the Altiplano and Salt Flats of Bolivia. The journey was spectacular, multi coloured lagoons, strange rock formations and huge expanses of desert. We drove out of San Pedro and crossed the border into Bolivia, the rise in altitude was extreme and we were greeted at the border for our guides for the next three days with breakfast and Cocoa Tea to combat the effects of altitude. The border was nothing more than a small shed in the middle of nowhere.
At the highest point we were at about 4,800m where we saw geysers and hot bubbling pools of mud, the smell was revolting (but helped to disguise one of the other effects of altitude that we were suffering from, an excess of wind!!)
We all ŽenjoyedŽ Llama meat for lunch and slept at 4,300m in communal rooms with concrete beds, very cold.
The harsh environments supported a surprising wealth of wildlife, Vicuna, Llama, and vivid pink Flamingos were around every corner.
The Salt Flats were particularly beautiful, hundreds of square miles of pure white crystaline salt, contrasting with the brilliant blue sky. It was impossible to take your sun glasses off with the glare. The landscape also offered you the opportunity to make some strange photos with distorted perspective.
On an island in the middle of the flats Adam my drinking buddy and I enjoyed a drink in what we agreed was one of the best and most unusual bars we had drunk in, Mongos, surrounded by cactus looking out onto miles of white salt.
After visiting a hotel made entirely of salt we arrived in Uyuni, ready for our first hot shower in days and a warm bed.
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