Salar de uyuni
Trip Start Oct 03, 2011
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So we get to our bus with 30 seconds to spare (forgetting Bolivian time, so we actually had 30min to spare)
As soon as we get on the bus we hear the news that due to road conditions we are going to have to take another route to Uyuni and will not arrive until 10 or 11am in the morning. However, the bus company has notified tours and if you have already booked a tour your group will 'probably' wait for you. And if you haven't already booked a tour (cough, cough) well then you're just sh** out of luck. Perfect. Off to a good start.I have to say though, that from that moment on it was all up hill. Well, kinda. The bus ride to Uyuni felt a bit like an early 1990s roller coaster/simulated 3D ride where you are just being bounced non-stop from side to side.
But we got to Uyuni, found a wonderful tour and had 3 of the most amazing days of my life. Salar de Uyuni is at an altitude of 3653m and is 12,106 sq km. It is part of a prehistoric salt lake that has since dried up but has left two large salt flat areas as well as tons of gorgeous lagoons. For 3 days we traveled by car through the remote south western area of Bolivia and were greeted by rolling hills, volcanoes, llamas, flamingos and colorful lagoons.
The whole tour was amazing. And one of the best parts was that we had a wonderful group, people from Holland, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany. We spent the whole time going back and forth between Spanish and English and I made some great friends that I can meet up with later in my travels and in their home countries the next time I get over to Europe :)