Salt Flats Tour - Day 3

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Dec 20, 2010

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Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Saturday, September 18, 2010

Up at the reasonable time of 7am this morning and again I have survived the night, actually I was nice and toasty with my thick wad of blankets.  Joris tells me to come out and look at our jeep, apparently Placedo drove it into a hole overnight.  Sure enough I head outside our accomdation and our jeep is sitting in a 1.5 metre deep hole!  Last night Placedo drove it home (drunk or not we donīt really know) and right outside the accomodation (for reasons I know not) there is a big hole in the ground.

It takes two jeeps to pull our jeep out of the hole.  Thankfully we donīt seem to have any damage, probably because our jeep is old and from the days before they made cars out of metal that it is designed to crumple on impact.  We have passed quite a few more modern jeeps with engine problems and flat tyres so we are all thankful we have the jeep that we have.

We head off to view more flamingo filled lagunas.  I think we see five in total today.  They are all pretty stunning.  In the afternoon I get to put on my ipod so that we are not having to listen to spanish flute music which seems to be our driverīs preference.  We eventually get to the last lake and have one more opportunity to get flamingo photos.  As we drive off I spot a fox camoflaged amongst the landscape.  We stop and all get pictures of him, he is a small little thing but very cute and I am well chuffed that I spotted him as we would easily have driven by without realising he was there.

Later in the day we come to a small town that has a shop selling snacks and alcohol etc.  We stock up on wine and a few beers and as we leave hoards of other jeeps show up to go to the shop.  Its another occasion where you wonder why any of the other tiny towns we past through donīt have shops.  Everyday there must be at least half a dozen jeeps filled with gringos wanting booze or sweets - they would make a killing.

We drive on and reach our final accomodation - the salt hotel.  It is right on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, which looks like a large flat expanse of white.  The hotel is totally made from salt from the Salar.  Its less basic and warmer than our previous accomodation so is a nice change for our final night.  Also after two nights sleeping above 4000 metres we are now at 3700 which will make breathing just slightly easier.  We have a nice meal with wine and then play Yatzhee and Uno for a while again. We have an early start at 5am tomorrow so donīt stay up late.
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Where does the salt come from? Usually salt fields are next to an ocean. You seem to be having a great experience.

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