13/07/05 - 16/07/05
Trip Start Apr 22, 2005
17Trip End Aug 12, 2005
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However, it was a great trip and the scenery was stunning. WeŽd get to a place and the guide would ask us if we wanted to get out to take pictures. Generally, the answer would be Žno, weŽll just take them from the jeep, thanksŽ
The hostels we stayed at were, ahem, "basic" and despite going to bed with 3 layers of clothing, a very thick sleeping bag (that IŽve been dragging around the whole bloody continent for 3 months), 3 blankets and 2 hot water bottles, I was still finding to hard to sleep! Hot water was unfortunately a luxury that didnŽt exist and so I didnŽt shower for 3 days. Luckily, it takes a partly virulent strain of body odour to permeate 6 layers of clothing!
We stayed in a hotel made of salt on the last night which was very nice and mercifully warmer. However any body heat gained here was quickly lost when we left at 5.30am to catch the sunrise of the salt flats. It was worth it for the superb views we got after we climbed a bloody great hill in the semi darkness!
The trip was definitely worth doing and I would recommend it (with a portable heater!).