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Hi Friends, family and bloggers, We are embarking on the Salt flats 3- day tour (all in one blog). Day One. So we woke up nice and warm in our room this morning, the little heater in the center of the room did its job and warmed everyone. We had to be a Thiago Tours office at 1030 to start our tour and meet our fellow companion’s. We had a shower in the morning and there was a free breakfast of toast and cereal, which was nice and unexpected. We were told we would be freezing most of the tour –day and night, so I went to the shop to purchase some gloves for £2 from a local shop. Classy llama ones!!! We finished packing, went to the shop to get snacks for the trip and ... read more
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Mardi, tôt dans la matinée, je débarque à La Paz. Je n'ai pas prévu de plan particulier et j'hésite entre aller faire un tour dans la jungle bolivienne et aller voir le Salar d'Uyuni. J'erre un peu dans le terminal pour repérer les bus et faire mon choix pour le soir. C'est dans une tienda où je n'arrivais pas à faire marcher ma nouvelle carte sim que je rencontre Gian Luca (renommé Jean-Luc par la suite). Le contact passe bien, on passe la journée à se perdre dans La Paz et le soir on décide de prendre un bus de nuit pour le Salar ensemble. Une fois sur place, on prend une jeep avec d'autres voyageurs et on part direction le Salar. C'est beau, c'est blanc, c'est plat, et on peut faire plein de photos "artistiques" ... read more
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We left the mountain town of Tupiza in a 4 x 4 Toyota Landcruiser with Felix (our driver and guide), Lydia (our cook) and a Belgian couple (Guillaume and Laura) and headed off into the remote and scenically spectacular south west corner of Bolivia. We spent the next four days driving to some of the country’s most amazing places, lakes of green, blue and red, volcanic rock formations and deserts, all with a giant backdrop of snow-capped peaks and colour-painted mountain ranges. We enjoyed watching vicuñas, llamas and sheep in the nearby scrublands. We were amazed to learn about and see the many flamingos that frequent the lakes to eat the algae in the cold temps of the season. The trip was incredible and the highlights were plentiful. Most of the trip was above 4000 metres ... read more
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Salar de Uyuni was one the top highlights of almost every traveller we had met in South America, so with high expectations we booked in a 3 day / 2 night trip out of Uyuni to the salt flats then south into the wilds of Bolivia towards the border of Chile and the Atacama desert. Typically, travellers use the tour to cross into Chile and continue south along the west coast of South America, but as we had a date with Iguaçu Falls and our tour to Rio we did the full loop back out of the desert to Uyuni, a total of about 900km driving in 3 days. The salt flats of Bolivia is an enormous ancient sea that was pushed to about 4000m above sea level when the Andes were formed. The sea then ... read more
What a year 2014 has been!
Trying to get the right perspective photo was tough work!
Flamingoes at beautiful lakes in the desert

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni December 14th 2014

Depuis Potosi, 4h de bus suffisent pour rejoindre Uyuni. Pour aller voir le salar (désert de sel) plusieurs groupes rencontrés sur notre route nous ont recommandé une bonne agence, Blueline (pour ceux que ça intéresse). On réserve notre tour sur 3 jours, avec Grober, un très bon guide. Jour 1 : Le Salar Nous partons le lendemain matin, avec 3 brésiliens qui ont également booké un tour. Tous les déplacements se font désormais avec un gros 4x4 conduits par Grober. Durant les 3 jours, il sera donc chauffeur, guide et cuisinier. Premier étape à l'extérieur d'Uyuni, le cimetière de trains. Il s'agit d'anciennes locomotives et anciens wagons venus d'Europe pour avoir une deuxième mais sont tous aujourd'hui hors d'état. Etant donné qu'il y a de très nombreux 4x4 de touristes, on ne s'attarde pas. Grober veut ... read more
Entrée sur le salar
Incontournabe dans le DAKAR
L'immensité blanche

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni November 28th 2014

26 novembre 2014 - Jour 40 C'est parti pour 3 jours d'excursion au salar d'Uyuni et dans le désert du sud Lipez. Rendez-vous à l'agence à 10h30 où on rencontre les autres membres de notre groupe: 2 irlandaises, 1 irlandais et 1 américain. Tous de langue maternelle anglaise, c'est un peu dur de les suivre quand ils parlent vite, surtout avec leurs accents respectifs. A peine sortis de la ville on fait un premier arrêt au cimetière de trains. Cette voie ferrée était en fonction lorsque la Bolivie avait encore un accès à la mer pour acheminer les denrées pour l'exportation mais depuis qu'elle a perdu cet accès elle a été laissée à l'abandon. Puis on continue en direction du salar, le plus grand désert de sel au monde, résidu d'une ancienne mer évaporée avant même ... read more
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POTOSI There once was a city that was the jewel in the crown of the Spanish empire, the center of legendary riches - its name... Potosi! I decided to travel here to see the mountain which was the source of all these riches and which to this day is still the main source of work for Bolivians living in Potosi; Cerro Rico or The Mountain who eats men as its also known. Estimates range between 6m and 8m men who have died in the mines here since the 16th century in the search for more and more silver which Cerro Rico had in abudance. However the further you go in, the more dangerous it gets. Therefore a city with massive history and one I couldnt pass through without checking out the mines. The miners here still ... read more
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Our Arrival We arrived from La Paz at 8:20am and were dropped off outside the Trans Omar office which is on Cabrera and Arce. When we got off the bus we were met by touts offering tours to the salt flats. We went with one of them to their office from the terminal and booked a tour for the same day so didn't check into a hotel. What We Did We went on a 3 day, 2 night tour of the Salar de Uyuni, Southern Bolivian desert and Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina with Expediciones Gaviota. We were met at the bus station by a representative of the Company who took us to their office which was a couple of blocks from the bus office, on the same road, back the way we had just come. ... read more
When you go to the Salt Flats crazy things happen!
Scenery on Day 2
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Potosi was founded in 1545 when silver ore was discovered in Cerro Rico. It was this silver that funded the Spanish empire. Due to the large amounts of silver being extracted, Potosi became one of the largest and richest cities in the Americas. Unfortunately when the silver began to dry up, the city went into decline and the citizens into poverty. Nowadays there are still many men and children working in the mines in some of the most appalling working conditions hoping they will find a little silver. We only had a short time in Potosi so we decided not to visit the mines as we have visited other mines over the years and headed to the Casa de Moneda (the Mint). The museum is on the sight that has been the national mint since 1572. ... read more
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warum müssen so schöne gegenden immer so kalt sein? meine daunenjacke ist schon dreckiger als alles andere, fleeces stehen von alleine… damit ihr euch vorstellen könnt, was ich meine (nepal war allerdings immer noch weit kälter!) mache ich hier mal eine cover-up liste für die nacht: thermoleggings, shirt, fleece-pullover, schlafsack-inlay, schlafsack, socken, haube, vier decken plus überdecke und abschließend legt markus noch sehr fürsorglich sämtliche daunenjacken und übrige fleece-westen über mich… und dann bibbere ich für eine gute stunde, inklusive wärme-kuscheln, bevor eine halbwegs erträgliche temperatur entsteht. markus ging es heute allerdings viel schlechter, weil er mit der höhe zu kämpfen hat - es ist ja auch wahrer irrsinn von 2.500m auf 4.300m zu schlafen! dank diamox und anderer kleiner helfer aus unserem medipack, ist nach dem frühstück aber alles wi... read more
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die letzten flamingos




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