Trip Start Oct 02, 2009
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Monday, December 7, 2009

Next stop after La Paz was an 11 hour overnight trip to Uyuni. We had heard a lot of bad stuff about the overnight buses in Bolivia, thankfully all that went wrong with ours was a burst tyre in the middle of the night. The īroadī to Uyuni was absolutely brutal, the bus was shaking all over the place.

We got to Uyuni around 6 in the morning and straight away booked our 3 day tour of the world famous salt flats, 'Salar De Uyuni'. These are part of the worlds largest salt flats. Lucio was our driver for the 3 days + there were 3 others in the group, a fella from Oz + 2 girls from New Zealand. First stop on the tour was at 'Cementero de Trenas'. Basically a graveyard of old trains. Not much to see for us, sure we've one of them in the park in Cahirciveen! Next up was a museum made of salt. The landlady was sour at Pa + Steve because they didn't buy anything. A sign on the wall said you had to purchase something to view the museum, so Brian bought a bottle of Coke, somehow we have a feeling thats not what the lady with the sour puss had in mind!

We drove on + had lunch at 'Isle de Pescado', a little island/rock in the middle of the salt flats that is apparently shaped like a fish. The island is covered in cacti. We spent about 2 hours here in total in which time there were about 100 gringos all taking those famous photos of the salt flats.

We arrived at out hotel in the evening just before sunset. The hotel is made completely from blocks of salt. Each block takes about 5 years before its ready for use. The beds were made from blocks of salt, the floor covered in salt etc... Pa woke everyone in the room that night with his sleep talking. We reckon it was definitely a nightmare as he was heard saying the word 'technology'. Pa + technology definitely don't go hand in hand as he can't ever get the hang of any to do with technology.

Next day breakfast was at 6a.m. + we spent the day driving stopping at sights along the way. What we saw included...coloured lagoons, active volcanoes, the mountain of the 7 colours, a rock that was shaped like a tree, loads of various types of flamingoes. The highlight was probably 'Lake Colorado' at the end of the day. Its a lake with a load of different colours due to algae + minerals. Arriving at out hotel for the night Lucio had a fierce confused face + we couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. It turns out the roof had blown off where we were supposed to be staying but no one had told Lucio. We ended up staying in another part of the building a few yards down the road which was an absolute shithole. Again Pa was up to his old tricks that night, this time he was heard saying 'Ireland' followed by a few mumbles + the words 'St. Patricks Day'. A fine country man is our Pa.

On the 3rd day we were up at 4 a.m. + straight into the jeep. It was absolutely baltic cold. First stop was at a geyser basin before sunrise. You could see the boiling mud, + there was a very strong smell of sulphur. After that we went to 'Termas de Polques' for sunrise. These are 30C hot springs. We hopped in for sunrise. The water was lovely as the air was freezing. Great feeling. We had breakfast here + then drove for the border. Along the way the last stop was at 'Laguna Verde', which is a lake sitting in front of a volcano called 'Volcan Licancabur'. At this stage we were at 5000m. The 2nd day was long as we spent most of the day in the jeep + thought what we were seeing was a little boring, but by the 3rd day we were really appreciating the scenery.

Lucio dropped us off at the Bolivian border to get our exit stamp + we then boarded a bus for the 40 minute downhill spin to San Pedro De Atacama in Chile.  

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Darren Corcoran on

ye must have been bored on this trip, all the photos are of small people lol

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