Spectacular Salt Flats

Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
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Trip End Jan 26, 2010


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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finally we arrived in Uyuni to visit Salar de Uyuni.  After the incredibly bumpy 3 day drive to get there we were hoping that they would prove to be as specacular as we had been told and we weren't dissappointed.  As an added bonus our hotel had the best shower in Bolivia and great pizza and apple pie.  Thankfully the altitude wasn't causing us any more problems and climbing the stairs was finally getting a bit easier.

We took 4x4's out to the flats in groups of  5 and started with a visit to the the Train Cemetry, an odd collection of dissued stream trains, mostly covered in graffitti.  We then went to what was called the Salt Plant - a description thats a touch over the top for this small scale manual operation were the salt gets processed and then we went out to the salt flats themselves.  Its difficult to describe why the vast expanse of white is so amazing to see but i hope a couple of the picures do it justice.

The white stretches so far that you can play with perspective and take some great pictures with props (hence the dinosaur picture) - at least they say you can but it isn't quite as easy as it looks and we only managed a couple of half decent pictures after a lot of practice!!

We had lunch at Fish Island which is a rocky outcrop covered in loads and loads of cactus, some as old as a 1000 years.  We finished up at a disused salt hotel and watched the sun setting on the salt - a really great day and trip.  My only advice for anyone finding themselves in this part of the world is take the full 3 day trip across the flats and see the lakes and other sites that are just too much for a day trip, it is so difficult to get here you might as well make the most of it once you do!

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The Browns on

Love the dinosaur impression very apt. Looking forward to the next installment and photos.

helen on

I like the pictures of you running from Sam and enjoying the sunset with a dinosaur!

Louise on

Wow - photos are amazing and if they are that good I can only imagine what it is to be there!

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