Dusty ol' town
Trip Start Aug 03, 2010
152Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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Hospedaje El Salvador
We left the chilly highlands of Potosi and headed towards Uyuni (at 12,000 feet above sea level), a military town placed out in the desolate altiplano (high planes) of southern Bolivia where the wind gathers strength and hits Uyuni with a vengeance. Luckily, we were prepared with this knowledge and dressed accordingly.
The salar is very remote and it’s easy to get "misplaced", so we found the best map of the area we could find at a small bookstore - the tourist office never opened, I guess they assume most people are with a tour and don’t need assistance. We stocked up on water and food from the Mercado, which we prepped in our room on the $3 hotplate we bought in Potosi. Bonus - the hotplate doubles as a heater in these cold rooms.
On the way out of town, we stopped at the Uyuni’s Train Cemetery, a large collection of old steam locomotives and rail cars rusting away on old defunct tracks.
Next stop… salt salty saltville.