Worlds largest salt flats

Trip Start Jan 21, 2009
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Trip End Apr 04, 2009


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Friday, February 27, 2009

We left San Pedro at 7am on Thursday morning for our 3 day 4x4 tour of the Salt Flats. They are the Worlds largest Salt Flats, covering more than 10,000kms. A van drove us from San Pedro to the Chilean/Bolivian border where we went through customs and then met our driver and got on the Toyota 4x4.

It was us four and a Swiss couple in the jeep. Our first day was spent seeing many lagoons, geysers and hot springs. We saw three different coloured lakes, red, green and white.  This is the white lake . Surprisingly, there is also many flamingos aroud the lakes. We ate lunch at the hostel that we would be staying at and then went out and saw some more lakes, and saw many llamas.

Our first night was spent in a very basic accomodation, without showers and I slept with at least 2 layers on. We were on the road by 8am the next morning, seeing some volcanoes, rock formations and even more lakes. As I mentioned in my previous post about our having to switch companies, we found out at lunch that the company we had booked with at first had had an accident. Their jeep flipped three times and the group was stranded in the middle of nowhere so we were quite relieved that we had a good driver and had chosen a good company.

The second night was spent at a bit of a better hotel, with showers. And as we were so close to the salt flats, much of the building was made from salt, including the chairs, tables, the bar and the ground was all salt.
We were on the road early again on our last day, spent mostly driving through the salt flats.
It was quite impressive. It seemed to all of us that we were driving on ice but the groud was solid. We stopped at an island called fish island where we took lots of pictures and then drove the rest of the way to Uyuni where the tour ended. It was a different experience from our 3 day hike into the Colca Canyon in that we were in a vehicle the majority of the time, but we did see some amazing sights and it was a great way to get from Chile to Bolivia.
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