Our 2 night 3 day desert trip
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
60Trip End Oct 26, 2010
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The desert of course
After the amazing bus trip from Salta to San Pedro de Atacama we knew that things were only going to get better. We were all looking forward to the trip from San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) to Uyuni (Bolivia). An 8am start & we were only an hour from the Bolivian border where our 4WD & Walter were waiting for us. After the very quick border crossing we were all finally in Bolivia!!! There was a group of 6 on the tour, Lianne, Chris, Verana & Jan (German couple) & the 2 of us. First day involved volcanoes, geysers that were constantly spitting mud, lagoons, hot springs which we all swam in, flamingos & Llama, Llama, Llama. Tour company we went with (Colique Tours) fed us up to the brim & supplied warm accommodation for the first night. We arrived at our nights hostel at about 2pm & after lunch most of us had naps at been at the altitude of 4300 meters a nap was all we were up for. After dinner Chris took a turn for the worse & we all needed to back up our bags & get down to a lower altitude ASAP
To everyone´s delight Chris was feeling much better in the morning & after a big breakie Walter & the gang were back on the dusty road all with head scarves wrapped around our faces. First stop were the mushrooms rocks (Yes rocks that looked like mushrooms) around a volcanic lake (unfort not warm to swim in) which we all did a bit of exploring. Moved onto a graveyard filled with Inca mummies while it was Verena´s turn to go to the doc´s with altitude sickness. After seeing loads of skulls (some preserved so much they still had skin on their skulls) we tucked into some Llama steaks & some mash. 2nd time round with the meat was even better then our 1st. Bernie ate Verena´s helping. Next stop that night was a hotel owned by the tour company. Once again very warm & Bernie was happy when we clocked the ping pong table. He will not actually play me anymore after I whipped his bottom in Salta, 3-Nil
Early rise & great rewards. In what felts like it is in the middle of nowhere, there was a place called Incahuasi which is a rock in the middle of the salt flats, covered in cactus which we climbed to see sunrise. Was very special how the pink of the sun slowly sprayed over the white of the flats. Next stop was the salt hotel which was perfect place to take silly photos (will understand when we post them) but not interested in the hotel itself. I have been told that they are more about making money then the environment they are in & are destroying it with waste products
First time that I have also know Bernie to have bad guts however he did eat my sandwich & his on the bus trip from Salta to Atacama even though it smelt like vinegar. Bad move!!! Hopefully he will be fine on the bus to Potsi that we have booked as in Bolivia there do not seem to be too many loos on board.