Blogs from Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 7

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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni October 22nd 2010

Uyuni is the starting point for our 3-day 4X4 excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni exploring the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and Chile’s Atacama Desert by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Piercing blue skies contrast with blinding white salt as you drive across the flat lakebed. The area’s unusual landscape of mountains and terrain is like nowhere on earth. Its feels like your on the Moon or some place in Mars. The main attraction in town is the Train Cemetery which we visit on the first day, a collection of rusting railway relics just southwest of the present train station. The also tour takes us through Laguna Colorada (4278 m above sea level), a large red lagoon and Laguna Verde (5000 m above sea level), a lake that has a striking blue-green colour due to ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni July 25th 2010

We arrived at the border village of Argentina - Quiaca, 06 p.m. Thomas' clock showed that we were roughly 3450 meters above sea level. We didn't exactly need a clock to tell us that we were high up, it was getting really hard to breath!! six o'clock in the morning so high up, is also equivalent with ice cold!! The incas stod huddled together in groups, wearing layer upon layer of woven carpets.. I've told Thomas time upon time that he has to grow "pointy elbows" here in the latin america.. Especially when the temperature is below zero!! He's so nice to everybody (it's a good quality though), just not when freezing! We finally managed to hail down a cab (cutting in line of course, as everybody else does), and drove to the border of Argentina ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni June 6th 2010

After leaving the Salar, we drove parallel to the train tracks until we reached Uyuni...and what a shock to the system after the beauty of the Altiplano. Uyuni was once Bolivia’s gateway to the outside world and an industrial, modern town. Now however, it’s dirty, depressing and shabby and it’s only due to its proximity to the Salar that it hasn’t turned into a ghost town. We said our goodbyes to the girls and Alberto and Lucy and made sure to give them a nice, fat tip for having looked after us so well. The three of us then got dropped off by the train station in Uyuni so we could try and figure out the mystery of the Bolivia - Chile train. We’d heard about a 23-hour train journey that takes you across the border ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni May 27th 2010

We had quite an early start to our 3 day adventure across the Atacama Desert and Salt Flats of Bolivia. We arrived at the office charged and ready to go after removing the last of the sand from our bodies from the previous day´s sandboarding adventures (we still have sand falling out of our shoes now....a couple of weeks later!). We piled into a mini van and shot out of San Pedro to the Argentinean border control and then to the Bolivian border control (small shack in the middle of nowhere).....and had some breakfast while we waited for our turn to have our passports bashed with yet another stamp. We had grouped up with another couple from Brisbane and needed a 5th member for our 4x4 so we scouted out the larger group and located the ... read more
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Sunrise on the Salt Flats
Colourful Mountain

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 9th 2010

Man sagt uns, dies sei die Reise des Lebens, ein unglaubliches und unvergessliches Erlebnis. Wir wollen es nicht missen und werden nicht enttaeuscht! Der Trip dauert drei Tage. Dabei fahren wir in einem Toyota Landcruiser mit Chauffeur ueber die Grenze nach Bolivien, in eindruecklichen Hoehen ueber den Altiplano vorbei an sagenhaften Landschaften mit Wuesten, Lagunen und Felsformationen. Hoehepunkt der Tour ist am letzten Tag die Ueberquerung des Salar de Uyuni, mit einer Flaeche von einem Viertel der ganzen Schweiz die groesste Salzwueste der Welt! Der bolivianische Grenzposten ist auf einer Hoehe von rund 4500m in einem einfachen Huettchen stationiert. Hier erwarten uns zwei Jeeps fuer unsere zwoelfkoepfige Gruppe. Wir werden zu sechst in ein Auto gepfercht: zwei Personen auf der hinteren Bank, drei Personen in der Mitte, und eine Person neben unserem Fahrer, Theo. Das Gepaeck ... read more
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Buswrack an der bolivianischen Grenze

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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 1st 2010

Chicken bus to Uyuni. Kim had told me that this was the bumpiest road she went on in South America and I was feeling a wee bit ill beforehand. Luckily (probably because of the elections) they had made them a bit smoother in certain sections so it really wasn´t that bad and I didn´t get sick. I did however, have a speaker right above my head which was played at full volume the entire journey and I couldn´t block it out with my MP3. Could have been worse. Not really too much to do in Uyuni except go to the most AMAZING pizza place in Bolivia (which also happens to have the best chocolate cake.) On the way back from pizza, we stopped off in a bar but it wasn´t allowed to serve any alcohol on ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni March 20th 2010

After getting our group together and negotiating a rate with a local tour operator in Tupiza we wasted no time in disembarking on a tour of Bolivia's legendary South Western Circuit. We left the very next morning, meeting at the tour operator’s office for breakfast before leaving at around 8am. Bolivia's South West Circuit is a 4 day jeep ride through stunning landscapes and other-worldly vistas through the colourful and mineral-rich Altiplano. The ride promised to be quite uncomfortable and occasionally a little scary eventually culminating in the group cruising across the world’s largest (and highest) salt flats - Salar de Uyuni. It is going to be impossible to describe each landscape we ventured into in detail and there can never be any substitute for seeing these amazing scenes with one’s own eyes. Each day we ... read more
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Day One Vistas

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni February 8th 2010

This has been one of the highlights of my trip... el solar de Uyuni. Uyuni is a little po-dunk town in the south of Bolivia (right across from the atacama desert in Chile), which is surrounded in the largest salt flats in the world! It is really bizzaar to look around and only see white- there were rains the night before I was there, so the sky reflected on the water/salt and everything was double. Paul and I did a three day tour, which ended up being quite longggg- our jeep broke down about ever 20 minutes! We were on the tour with a good group though- a brazilian girl that is moving to Argentina but traveling along the way (that I am going to go visit in Tucumán soon!) and a family of nine people ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni January 18th 2010

Uyuni lies at 3660 m in a high, dry area in the Andean chain. The town itself is a genuine dustbowl (convenient, we found, for clothes drying). It is surrounded by unique geological formations, such as vibrant deserts, colored lakes, and shapely rocks. The chief attraction of the area is the Salar de Uyuni - the great Uyuni salt flats - formed from an ancient sea that dried up. Strongly recommended by other travelers, we checked them out ourselves on our way south to Argentina. We took a bus from La Paz to Oruro on Tuesday, Jan 12th, arriving around 12:30 pm. After lunch, internet, and a brief look around, we boarded our train for the 8-hour ride to Uyuni. In this part of the country, it was now the high season for tourism. Wealthy Bolivians ... read more
Cemetario del Trens
George in Colchani examining the salt bricks
Salt as far as the eye can see

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni November 18th 2009

Sitting in the main square in Uyuni, it has taken us a while to get here from La Paz. A few hours on a bus to Oruro first, followed by a few more on a train to get where we are now. Oruro is an odd town, large, and surrounded by scrubland. Not too far from La Paz, but already out on the fringes of civilisation. From here, you had the feeling that you were on the edge of nowhere. Oruro is at the head of the railway that leads south into the belly of Bolivia. It’s only real trade is from the mine that exists just a few kilometres to the west. The other incidental trade it receives is from tourists like Jess and I, using it as a stop-off point before heading down to ... read more
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Statue at Uyuni
Kids playing at Uyuni




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