When Santa came to the Salt Flats

Trip Start Nov 09, 2009
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Trip End Jun 09, 2010


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Friday, December 25, 2009

We finally got a white Christmas, admittedly it was salty but it was still white!

So to not bore you with the details, we spent Christmas Day driving around the Salt Flats in a 4x4 jeep.  We had Christmas Dinner on a little island covered in cactuses, surrounded by the salt flats and mountains which were reflected in the water on top of the salt flats - absolutely incredible.  We ate our lunch off a table made of salt and got roast potatoes and veg so it was a typical Christmas dinner for us veggies!

We spent a while doing the illusion photos, they were so much fun until you have to be the one lying on your belly on the sharp wet salt flats with your elbows being cut to shreds so you can get the perfect picture.  Well worth the pain and staining though!

Christmas night we stayed at a hotel made of salt, including the beds, floors, walls, tables etc....it was so cool!  We did our secret santa which was very funny because everyone ended up with horrendous presents!  I bought a hula hoop and a mini snooker table as my gift so we had a lot of fun playing with those.  Surprisingly, more red wine was consumed.  There was a slight panic at midnight when we thought weŽd drank ourselves dry so  went on a wine hunt.  I found a case of wine (yes we were buying them in 6 packs!!) in one of the jeeps but it was locked and the drivers were asleep so I yanked open the tiny back window and somehow managed to wedge my fat bum through the window to rescue the wine.  I passed it out of the window to the awaiting alcoholics who promptly went back inside and cracked it open leaving me to try and reverse out of the window in my ever-so-slightly tipsy state!  It was a very fun night, I put indeliable eyeliner on our tour guide...bright turquoise, all over his eyelids, nose and drew on a curly moustache...he looked beautiful!

So the next morning I didnŽt give our tour guide the make up remover so he spent the day with his make up on, including paying the guards our entrance fee into the national park!  Very funny, especially when I told him in the evening that I did have make up remover!

On Boxing Day we saw some of the most stunning scenery, geeysers just after sunrise so they were steaming away with the sun rising in the background.  Natural hot springs in the middle of nowhere, flamingos on the lake, a volcano that was smoking and incredible colourful lakes.  It was breath taking and so hard to capture in a photo.

The next day we crossed the border to Chile, arriving in San Pedro de Atacama crossing the dessert.  Such a vast array of scenery and drunken antics in such a short time!
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