Potosi, Sucre, Tupiza, Uyuni and Atacama Desert
Trip Start Aug 23, 2012
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From Tupiza we headed to Uyuni to the Salt Flats. As we passed numerous shrines to people who have died in crashes on the flats, our guide explained that vehicles can’t drive over 100kms/h over the salt otherwise the tires will explode – not reassuring considering our speed and the fact the speedometer didn’t work… I have included the Wikipedia link to the Salt Flats as we were far more concerned with taking funny pictures of each other than actually listening to the guide’s explanation so I can’t really tell you much about the place other than it is big, salty and scratchy.
Departing Uyuni we headed into the Atacama Desert for 3 very difficult days - the days were hot, windy and sandy and the nights were absolutely freezing – one girl on the truck recorded the temperature as -18 in the middle of the night – even my alpaca pants couldn’t keep out the cold. The average altitude was around 4000m, with the highest point being a literally breathtaking 5020m. Frozen and demented from lack of oxygen, we were treated to sleeping on the floor of a restaurant in the middle of nowhere for the final night – bliss. Despite the conditions, the views were spectacular.
Next stop – San Pedro, Chile – where there is a reported abundance of nice weather and oxygen. Hope everyone is well – thanks for the comments!