Blogs from Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America

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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni June 4th 2014

unter mildem sternschnuppen-beschuss brechen wir in schwarzer luft auf in die salar de uyuni. rechts von uns glimmt schon der morgen, die bergspitzen heben sich wie papierschnitt vom beginnenden gelb ab, während links von uns noch die sterne glitzern. innerhalb von nur wenigen momenten reicht jedoch das licht aus um die strahlend weiße salzwüste in angenehm helles licht zu tauchen. die morgendliche kälte treibt uns rasch, in handschuhe und daunen gewickelt, die isla incahuasi inmitten der wüste hinan. gerade rechtzeitig erreichen wir den höchsten punkt um die sonne aufgehen zu sehen - die helle einöde um uns und die zahlreichen kakteen werden in spektakulär warmes licht getaucht, der schatten der insel erstreckt sich noch über hunderte meter. die imposanten kakteen um uns wachsen nur 5mm pro jahr, einige von ihnen messen gut 4 meter - man ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 26th 2014

Days 65-67 Today was a 5 hour 200+ km trip to Uyuni for a first night base & a 3 day stay within the region before crossing into Chile. Uyuni is the main stepping off point for excursions into the beautiful & remote landscape of far South-West Bolivia especially the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats). Arriving in Uyuni feels a bit like reaching the end of the road, which in many ways is true. This remote small town sits at high altitude on the edge of the high altiplano (plateau), a wilderness that extends for hundreds of kilometres towards the border with Argentina and Chile. As such the town has a bit of a wild west feel about it but also has more Land Cruisers than Toorak. Uyuni is the starting point of a 3-day 4WD ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 23rd 2014

From the day I left El Chalten back in March I'd been looking forward to the trip across the Altplano from San Pedro in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia. I'd booked the trip before I left the UK because I'd heard that entering Argentina without proof of exit could present problems. Booking in advance had also helped to focus my planning by fixing some dates at around the halfway stage of my trip. The Altiplano would therefore be something of a watershed moment - not just in relation as to where it fits in to my itinerary but also in crossing this great natural barrier: I would be leaving behind the southern part of South America and moving on to a new country and culture. It's possible to cover the 530 kilometres between San Pedro ... read more
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Another Day Another Thermal Pool
Lago Colorado

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 23rd 2014

After having met so many people on our travels who spoke highly of Bolivia and the Salt Flats we decided to do a mini detour and go north from Argentina to south west bolivia then work our way down chile to our final destination Santiago. We were somewhat stressed at the journey, Bolivia being as it is there is very little information online and no such thing as bus timetables. We knew that we had to take the bus to the argentinian border town then physically walk across to the neighbouring bolivian border town called Villazon where we would get either a bus or a train to the town we had to get to - Uyuni. We had differing information about how to best get there and even at one point were close to not taking ... read more
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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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