Well I've just spent the last three days between 4-5000m above sea-level in the back of a dodgy old 4x4 toyota with 3 germans and a couple of Bolivian locals. It was great. Bolivia is really beautiful and would strongly reccomend this trip to everyone. You can start it from San Pedro in Chile or from Uyuni in Bolivia and there are heaps of differant companies that do it. check out these pici's (Pink flamingos are so cool!)
I'm russ, I'm from New Zealand and have developed a love for travelling over the last couple of years. It was the best descision of my life for sure, breaking the routine and heading off to explore the globe, and I would highly recommend getting out there and having a close up look and anything that you've read about or heard about that intrests you, because if it looks cool on TV, I can garuntee you that it'll be even cooler when you are there amoungst it. And if you're stuggling for ideas about where to start, I'd highly recommend buying a oneway ticket to South America and the rest will ta... full info
Welcome to BoliviaWell this is the big hardout border crossing between Chile and Bolivia. That snowy bit is the highway and you can sort of see the pathetic little barrier arm across it further up beside the shed. not the most effective set up I've ever seen but it "keeps the bad guys out" apparantly
Our guides - Estevan and FaustaFausta spent a lot of time holding the gearstick so it wouldn't jump out of gear. also check out the fake CD player glued to the dash underneath the real tape player - that didn't work
The San Juan bread factoryOn the second night we stopped in this little town of 500people called San Juan, and as I was walking around I smelt some bread cooking. So after following my nose through a maze of little allyways I found this ladie, who makes all the bread for this town in this oven of clay. she let me try some too and it was soooo gooood!!!! And that is one of her babies tied to her back as she works.
Oh soooo goooood!!!they burn a fire inside this oven out of any old dessert plant they can find for about 3hrs untill it's warm on the outside - then it's ready. Then they push all the ash and embers off to one side and throw in the trays of bread three at a time, and it takes about 30seconds per side before the bread is perfectly cooked.
Day3 - La Salar de UyuniThis is a humungous saltlake that just goes for miles. in the summer here, between December and february, it rains all the time and there is up to 40cms of water over the entire thing.
The summit of "La Isla del Pescado" - fish islandThat's Tim and Isabel from Germany, they're cool. This island is called fish Island because it looks like a fish from far away. Pretty wierd place really because it's the only sign of life you see in 4hrs of driving through the salar.