4days in Uyuni

Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
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Trip End Nov 03, 2008


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Saturday, April 19, 2008

In Uyuni since yesterday night. After the train ride i crashed down and today i look after booking a tour around here, there a beautiful things to see. I will be going for three full days and then coming back here. Today was just a city centre look around, it is a very touristic place, 60 agencies are based here, so it took a lot of time comparing them all, asking all sorts of questions. I heard stories of people being stuck in the middle of the desert almost freezing to death, scary... Ill just post a couple of picture, one of a funny statue (who designed this???) in the centre, and also one of the inside of a restaurant i ate, where a boy of about 9 years old served people all night. He was alone to deal with about 8 tables, i was thinking where are the parents...
I am back from my 3 days trip and i saw many many things, i will be uploading more photos later, the connexion in Uyuni is too slow.
One our first day we left around 10.30 am, we saw the train cemetery in Uyuni, and then drove to the salt lake, the biggest in the world (12000km sq), we saw cones of salt, walked a while through it (the salt dries, gets bagged and sold) reached fish island (named that way for its shape) full of cactuses, the oldest ones in the world, took plenty pictures, went to a salt hotel, to a museum made of salt and then we arrived at our hotel, all made of salt of course. We had a fun night with the group (in total 6) , the food was amazing, but it was freezing cold.
On our second day, we woke up around 5.30am had a quick breakfast and then started our drive around the most amanzing lagoons in the world, coming in all sizes and colors (red because of the seaweed living in it, black because of the ground made of carbon, white because of the salt, blue because that one is just normal ha ha), load of flamingos, at some point there was about 200 in the same spot. It was quite a bit of a drive. We arrived in the middle of volcanic stones with its most famous being the tree of stone, they come from volcano lavas and get shapped thanks to the wind. We arrived later in this place where we slept, in the middle of nowhere, really, basic building, one bathroom for everyone, no shower, no hot water, electricity only woking 2 hours a day (7 until9pm) no heating, and a dorm with seven beds for us, we were freezing really, but what an experience. Although it was tough i absolutely loved it, and we had such a laugh all sleeping together under 10blankets! Next day, up around 5 am, we went to see some geysers at over 5000 meters altitude, they were different from the ones we saw in Chile, larger and smelly, it was great. After that we drove to a natural thermal bath, had breakfast, drove to Laguna Verde, and dropped off two people from our group leaving to Chile that day. We drove slowly back to Uyuni stopping several times, watching llamas, going through San Cristobal. No need to say how the scenery was, i will put photos ASAP.  We were back at 5pm, i was so tired, i hardly slept during the whole trip, id do it again anytime.
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