4 day Salar de Uyuni tour!!

Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
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Trip End Jun 19, 2013


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La torre hostel

Flag of Bolivia  , Potosí,
Sunday, June 2, 2013

After another typical South American hostel breakfast of stale bread rolls and jam, we loaded up the jeep with our backpacks and sleeping bags and hit the road around 8. We met our driver and guide, Felix and our cook, Reina both seemed nice and friendly.

Over the first 3 days we explored the South West of Bolivia. It involved a fair amount of driving but we saw some unique and spectacular landscapes. Crazy rock formations, frozen lagoons, vicuņa, tree rock, volcanoes,flamingoss, pink lagoons, wild fox, geysers, hot spring and even more beautiful sceneryin betweenn. The bright pink/orange lagoon was a highlight, hopefully photos show this well and getting so close to theflamingoss was so cool.
The food was amazing to say Reina cooked everything from a portable kitchen. Our favorite was chicken milanese and we even had mash potato! Such a highlight, we can't ever face a hard rock potato again haha! She would feed us lollipops, chocolate and oreos during the day and treated us like her little children for the trip.
The only downside of the tour was how freezing it was during the evenings, Felix said it was about -10!
We both layered ourselves with all our clothes, numerous pairs of socksas welll as a hat, scarf and gloves. That with a sleeping bag and 2 thick blankets we were still cold.

I suppose the highlight for anyone doing the tour would be the salar de Uyuni; the Salt Flats. On the third night we stopped at probably the most impressive hostel we've ever stayed in. A salt hotel, walls, floor, tables, chairs all made completely from salt. It was truly awesome and there was even a hot shower! We were treated to lasagna and a free bottle of wine for dinner and as we were at lower altitude it was even a bit warmer than previous nights. The hotel was located near the edge of the flats, so the next morning we set out at 6am so we could drive to a cactus island. Here we could get a great view of the sun rising, highlighting the salt flats in all it's glory. We enjoyed cake for breakfast (god knows how she made it without an oven!) out the back of the jeep before heading to a remote part of the flats for the obligatory photo session. (see photos for us in a frying pan etc etc). The endless sea of salt was only broken by the horizon where the deep blue sky began. There was nothing else. Definitely one of the most unique places in the world. The whole trip was awesome, Felix spoke slowly and clearly so we could understand him, Reina was an awesome cook and Lara and Catherine were really good company. We even got a free ride back to Tupiza.

We've kept this blog short and simple as the photographs should give you a much better view of how awesome the scenery was and hopefully understand why this place was one of our most favorites in South America!
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Diana on

Owwww.... Another beautifull country on my bucket list.

Bolivia when do we meet?

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