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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni February 16th 2014

With an 8:30am pick up and only a 15 minute drive from San Pedro to the border, it wasn't long until we had said goodbye to Chile for the final time and hello to Bolivia. With the Bolivian border being little more than a garden shed with a flag, it was a pleasant five minute border crossing (unlike the 4 hrs Chile/Argentina crossing). Once we passed the border, it was then time to change from minibus to 4x4, which we would be travelling across the arid Bolivian desert in over the next three days. With images in our head of being stuck on a three day tour with a bunch of Argentinians or even worse...Germans, it came as a pleasant surprise when we discovered our 4x4 buddies were two Aussies and an English girl. However, with ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni February 11th 2014

Christmas and New Year... South American style Christmas Eve began with an early start and a spectacular drive across the Altiplano - a vast expanse of bleak wilderness, framed by majestic volcanic mountains and virtually devoid of wildlife and human settlement. Due to some of the dirt tracks of part of the journey and therefore the low speeds we were driving, we were able to sit on the roof for periods of the journey - breath taking. We arrived at our refuge in time to cook our 'Christmas dinner' only to realise that all the meat had been left in the fridge in Uyuni. Vegetable curry it was then!! At least secret Santa wasn't put off the food as he arrived to hand out the presents...but only if we all sat on his knee first and ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni October 4th 2013

Currently in Pisac in the Sacred Valley in Peru!! (Oct. 13th, 2013) Well, we have finished our tour of the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats outside of Uyuni) and i have to admit that it was totally fantastic!! Everything was just perfect! I hope to give you some of the details in the following... So, our arrival in Uyuni was not very fun since Lisa was not feeling very well. The train from Oruro was fun and an interesting experience. About an hour´s out of Uyuni, we actually derailed in the desert!! And the train employees worked for about an hour and a half to (eventually) successfully put the engine back onto the track! It was amazing and I wished that I could´ve seen what they were doing but we weren´t allowed to exit the train. ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni September 28th 2013

Hi, Well Iḿ back from the Salt flats trip and currently in the city of La Paz!! So what are the salt flats or Uyuni del Salar? The Salt flat in Uyuni is the worldś largest salt flat at over 4,000 square miles! The salt is over 10 metres thick in some areas!! It was once part of a prehistoric lake, when the water evaporated it left behind two major salt deserts including Salar de Uyuni. Tour operators offer various trips around the salt flats and nearby sites. You are basically ferried around in a jeep to the major sites of interest in the area. Soo we joined a tour by Quechua connections and there were two jeeps with six travellers in each. We were in with two French guys and a young English couple. On ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni July 22nd 2013

22/7-2013: got up at 5 to leave san pedro. We headed towards bolivia at 6:30 and on the way we had the most amazing view of the andes. Just before the boarder to bolivia we saw a beautifull laguna with a couple of alpacas and a lot of flamencos. It was really easy to cross the boarder and before we knew it our time in Chile was over. No time to be sentimental cause there were a lot of beautifull sights ahead. First stop was a viewpoint to see volcano ollaque from the Bolivia side. We also saw laguna negra where we stopped to have lunch but the wind was really hard so we had to eat in the car. Next up we saw valle de rocas, a valley full of volcanic rocks. All sights where ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni June 24th 2013

20th June and we set off from Tupiza at 8am on a 4 day adventure through the wilderness to finally end up at Uyuni. We were very lucky that Dan and Danielle from San Diego had already signed up to do the tour that we were looking to do, as you need a minimum of four people. Very lucky that they were such a lovely couple (comitting to 4 days in a jeep with strangers is a risk), we ended up having a blast. The first day was driving through some amazing countryside, our Toyota Landcruiser was very comfortable and warm. Our driver David was wonderful and safe and the cook Irma had the most infectious laugh, we spent most of the time giggleing after her. The highest point we got to was at 4855m a ... read more
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Laguna Colorada
Highest Geysers in the World

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni June 2nd 2013

(Post by Mike) It was with a bit of sadness but also excitement that we packed up our bags and prepared to leave La Paz for the second city of our trip: Uyuni, right next to the largest salt flats in the world. We first headed out to buy some last wool equipment for the trip (gloves, scarves) - Uyuni and the surrounding salty desert are known to drop to -20 degrees Celsius during the winter season. At the airport in La Paz, we got to enjoy a little taste of home at a Subway franchise. I learned that Bolivians enjoy a much tastier Steak & Cheese sub than we do in North America - they get real meat chunks! Overall, flying was much superior to the 12-hour bus ride to Uyuni... our trip lasted 45 ... read more
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The Uyuni Desert at Sunset
Michael the Conquerer

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni May 8th 2013

As i mentioned in the last post, Uyuni is full of rubbish, but there is one area where there is cool rubbish, the train cemetery. It's about two kilometres out of town, and is home to 100's of old bits of locomotive's rusting away. We got into Uyuni around 2pm, and seeing as there is sfa to do in town, we decided to head out to the graveyard late afternoon, after a well needed shower, and after watching Barca get destroyed by Bayern Munich. We went with Dot & Too, and the Moncica's, two fun loving, and slightly nuts Swiss women, who we met on the tour. They are two middle-aged flight attendants who travel together each year to far flung areas of the globe, this time doing Bolivia and Peru. The Monica's managed to negotiate ... read more
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Train cemetery

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 14th 2013

After our unexpectedly long bus ride into Uyuni we were in no rush to wake up in the morning. In the end into was 10amwhen we unhappily surfaced, still shattered from yesterday. We were awake though, showered short after and fed shortly after that. Now our task was to book a tour of the Salar de Uyuni, better known as the Bolivian salt flats, the place where land speed records are smashed and many out of perspective photos are taken. The amount of tour operators on offer in the town is overwhelming and all offer the same package, a 3 day trip observing all kinds of natural wonders. I've no idea how over 80 companies compete for all the tourists offering no difference in tours!? We were very tempted by one company, Crystal Tours, offering us ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni March 25th 2013

The next day, a couple of toilets rolls and three Imodium later, we set off before sunrise again. We'd been told we were going to see five lagoons or high altitude lakes. It seemed a little excessive and to be honest it was. At the first lagoon, the whole group gets out the car and has a walk alongside the lake taking pictures. At the next, a few people stay in the car. The third, no one gets out. A few photos taken with the window down will do fine thank you. Our driver Nelson got the idea, he had a wry full smile. He'd been doing this tour for over ten years. God, he must be bored of lagoons! I was feeling much better by the time we stopped for lunch on some train tracks ... read more
Sunrise on the salt flats
Cactus island
Fun on the salt flats




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