Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
17Trip End Apr 30, 2013
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We'll keep it short and let the pictures tell the story. We took a tour to Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. This seems to be one of those things near the top of everyone's to-do list in South America, and for very good reasons. There is no other place like this on Earth. We began, as before, the two of us with Ludovic the sweetly-odoured Frenchman (whom we had still not managed to get rid of by this point), and then Cliff the Dutch/Korean hybrid, who was lucky enough to make up the numbers in the jeep we were to be traveling in for the next four days.
The day before setting off on this trip we had just moseyed on back into Tupiza on our hardly harassed steeds, but even after two hard days in the saddle we felt like our strong taught buttock muscles were up to the task of getting straight on with it
That’s about all you need to know. We’d drive, we’d stop, we’d get out, we’d gape, we’d get in, we’d drive again. I was actually quite under the weather for most of this trip, feeling weak and lethargic from a number of different minor ailments, and so spent a lot of the time curled up on the back seat, groaning like a baby and dragging myself outside only whenever it came time for a scenery stop. Most photos of me are featuring those smiles that feel like grimaces (nothing to worry about – simply a cold mixed with toothache mixed with the runs – nothing serious, and all sorted now, but one heck of a combination for bumping around on dirt roads for four days!).
I’m afraid you can’t enjoy these photographs anywhere near as much as we enjoyed taking them. The sights of this trip were genuinely like nothing we’ve ever seen before. They came wrapped up in a feeling of being either on a completely different planet, or in a long-extinct age. Check out the pics and you may see what we mean.