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Salar de Uyuni Tour

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On Saturday, 7th May, I finally went on the tour of the Salar de Uyuni. On the way to the bus terminal in Potosí I had met 3 Australians who wanted to take the same tour, so we decided to meet up in Uyuni to book a tour together. Together with us on the tour was a Peruvian couple.

The first stop of the tour was Colchani, a village were the salt miners live. Here they have a small salt museum and they sell things made out of salt. Not exactly the highlight of the trip, but after this immediately followed the Salar! It is really impressive! The salt lake is massive and all you can see in the horizon is white!

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni


Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni


We had fun taking many (funny) photos on the Salar and when the guides finally told us we were leaving after several hours, we were still reluctant to go.

I got a bit hungry on the Salar...

I got a bit hungry on the Salar...


...and had myself a snack ;-)

...and had myself a snack ;-)


But then the guides got hungry too and made a big stew

But then the guides got hungry too and made a big stew


After having seen the highlight of the tour, we went to wash the salt of the car and then started our journey South. However, on the way our car starting having some problems and suddenly it broke down in the middle of the road. Our driver and cook spent some time trying to find and fix the problem, and luckily they eventually did! So we continued our trip and soon reached the train cemetery. In this location we saw a lot of old trains which were brought here when they were not fit to be used anymore. Interesting to see them all rust away together.

Train cemetery

Train cemetery


This was the last stop of the first day and we drove on to our accommodation in a small village. The accommodation was not as bad as we had heard from others who had taken a 3-day tour. There was running water and electricity. There even were showers, but you had to pay to get a bit of lukewarm water, so we skipped the showers. It was not too cold inside either, which was what many people had complained about. We spent the night playing cards in our dorm, only interrupting the games to have dinner.

The second day, we went to visit a valley with some impressive rock formations and to see 2 lagoons: the Laguna Hedionda and the Laguna Colorada, on both of which we could see many flamingoes.

Rock formations

Rock formations


Laguna Hedionda

Laguna Hedionda


Laguna Hedionda

Laguna Hedionda


Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada


Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada


We had lunch in a canyon and then drove through the Desert of Siloli with the Arbol de Piedra.

Desierto de Siloli

Desierto de Siloli


Arbol de Piedras

Arbol de Piedras


The second night accommodation was similar to the one the first night, except that this time the electricity only came on for some hours at night. The Peruvians gave me a lot of tips this day for travelling through Peru :) Thanks! We then played cards again, had a very unhealthy dinner (chips with sausage, eggs and whatever else was on the big pile of food on our plates) and had some wine which we found in a small shop in the ‘hostel’ next door.

On the third and last day of the trip we had to get up at 5am. We drove up to an altitude of almost 5000m (luckily none of us had any problems with this) to visit the geysers and then see the sunrise in the mountains. Beautiful, but freezing cold, at an altitude of almost 5000m!

Sunrise

Sunrise


After this, we continued to the hot springs. Here we had breakfast and then went for a nice hot bath. So good after the cold cold morning!

The hot springs

The hot springs


Our last stop was the Laguna Verde, from where we continued to the Chilean border. Here I was dropped off and took a transfer to San Pedro de Atacama while the others drove back to Uyuni.

Laguna Verde

Laguna Verde


The group with the driver and cook

The group with the driver and cook


What an impressive tour!

Posted by sarahm_lux 00:00 Archived in Bolivia Tagged bolivia salar_de_uyuni

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Déi "snack"-fotoen sinn deck flott! :)

by Sandra M.

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