Blogs from Salar de Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 4


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
die letzten flamingos

bolivien, wir kommen! gleich hinter der stadtgrenze von san pedro ist auch die offizielleg renze von chile richtung bolivien. das ist in vielerlei hinsicht komisch, weil erstens das “in der schlange anstehen” undurchsichtigen regeln der busfahrer folgt, zweitens der stempel in unseren pässen so blass aufgrund fehlender tinte ausfällt, dass wir damit anschließend in bolivien probleme haben sollen und drittens ist die “grenze” gut 100 kilometer von der tatsächlichen landesgrenze entfernt! nach dieser ersten kleinen hürde geht es in den immer mit reichlich duftbäumchen aufgemotzten kleinbussen hinauf nach bolivien. allein die grenze befindet sich schon auf über 4.000m, natürlich ohne richtige toilletten und bei ordentlich kaltem wind werden die klo-pausen möglichst kurz gehalten. nach gut drei monaten reisen muss ich auch einmal ganz ehrlich schreiben, dass sich so manch ei... read more
geysire auf 4900
pink birdies

Hola from the coldest place on Earth!! haha I arrived in Uyuni, with a really sore knee and what felt like a slightly sprained wrist. I felt like I was maybe hurt worse than I thought when I fell off the bike but tried to forget about it as I was sure the more I thought about it the worse it would feel! I went in search for a Salar de Uyuni tour with Camille and an American guy, Nick, that Camille had met in her Hostel. All the top rated tour companies were sold out but Camille had found the name of another Tour group, Tito Tours, in her travel book. They had space so we put our names down and paid. I was dying for a shower after the bus journey and I was ... read more
Catching up a weight session!
Cool pictures at the salt flats
Balancing on a bottle

From San Juan, we hitchhiked to Uyuni –well, we thought we hitchhiked, until they asked us to pay when we arrived there-. The journey was however funny and I loved it! It was from San Juan, the small village, where we had spent the previous night and from there, I can tell you that they weren’t so many vehicles leaving… So, when we saw a vehicle leaving from there, we ran to it and even though there were full, we insisted so that we got a lift with them at the back of the vehicle. We were practically sitting on big bags of quinoa- the south of Bolivia is producing a lot of it- and there was a lot of soil powder entering the vehicle but I was very happy: I was getting a ride with ... read more
Finally arrived at Isla del Pescado
Having fun
View from the top

lI kept wanting to say 'beam me up Scotty'. Not because I wanted to leave but because it was all so other worldly. From the moment we left Tupiza to the moment we returned, four days later, it was just one amazing landscape after another. Totally out of this world. Tupiza is red rock country. The place where Butch and Sundance spent their last days. Deep canyons, cactus-strewn ravines, dust, and rust-orange rock that turns from red, to ochre, to bruised purple as the sun hits it. Once silver, lead, tin, antimony and bismuth were found here, and it was the home-base of Carlos Aramayo, one of Bolivia's biggest mining barons. In 1908, the lure of a payroll of half a million proved to be too great a temptation for the outlaws and they ambushed a ... read more
Spanish Ruins
Sunset Blues

Our last minute trip to Bolivia was probably the best last minute decision I have made and I would maybe go as far as to say the highlight of our trip to date. The company we went with was fantastic and everything was well planned and organised and exceeded my already high expectations. Meeting at the office at 1030am we were met with lts of other travellers going on the same trip. There were 4 jeeps in our convoy but it was more like being split in 2 as there was 1 guide per 2 vehicles. Our jeep had 6 tourists (us 2, 2 english girls and a girl from hungary) as well as the driver and the guide. The other jeep was all australian minus a girl from italy. We got on really well with ... read more

Bolivien ist ein Land der Superlative! Es ist das höchstgelegene und am meisten isolierte Land des Kontinents. Bolivien bietet die trockensten, kältesten, wärmsten und die windigsten Landschaften der Welt. Und auch wenn es das ärmste Land Südamerikas ist, ist es eines der reichsten an Bodenschätzen. Bolivien ist auch das Land mit dem grössten indigenen Bevölkerungsanteil, über 60 %, auf dem ganzen Doppelkontinent. Für uns waren die drei Wochen in Bolivien eine wunderbare Erfahrung. Langsam arbeiteten wir uns bereits im Norden Argentiniens in immer höhere Gefilde vor. 1800, 2200, 2500 müM. Unser erste Stopp in Bolivien war dann Tupiza mit 2950 müM. Die Unterschiede zum südlichen Nachbarn waren auch gleich spürbar. Menschen aller Altersklassen in traditioneller Kleidung bevölkern die Gassen und Kokablätter werden an allen Strassenecken angeboten. Nachdem Anfang d... read more
Coca Tee
Salar de Uyuni
Titicaca See

Surprisingly I didn’t sleep too badly last night. I am not used to sleeping in a dorm, so wasn’t sure how it would go. No loud snoring, no late night wild parties, just a group of worn out travelers. Oh, and before I forget, it was mentioned that the beds were not in fact concrete, but salt. Duh. I don’t know why I didn’t put that together. Regardless, they were pretty darn comfortable. Breakfast was a quiet affair with instant coffee, bread, scrambled eggs, lunch meat, cheese (to build breakfast sandwiches) and fruit cocktail. Please don’t think less of me, but I ate 2 helpings of the stupid fruit cocktail. After not being able to eat for the first half of the week, I was starving. We loaded our luggage on top of the Land Cruiser ... read more
Iconic Rock Tree
Reflection in the Green Lagoon

Today was one of those hateful early mornings. I was to be picked up at 4 AM to head to the airport. When the phone rang at 3:40 and the driver was waiting I knew it was going to be a rush. Luckily I had packed and organized everything the night before. At the airport I ran into problems checking in. The airline required that the credit card used to purchase the ticket be presented, which I would happily have done if it hadn’t been stolen and cancelled. No matter how many times I explained that it was the same company, but just a different number the agent just looked at me and told me I had to purchase new tickets. The fact that I had flown from Cuzco, Peru to La Paz just days prior ... read more
These Things Were Huge
Standing on the Salar de Uyuni
Train Graveyard 1

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni December 20th 2013

It’s easy to describe our three day trip to Salar de Uyuni with one word: a-ma-zing. Probably you have never even heard of such a place (unless you are reading our blog to get information about it), and we hadn’t either, until we were planning for this trip. Now that we have seen it, it’s hard to believe Salar de Uyuni is not world famous- it should be. And after all, most of it is only salt. Salt, and a few flamingo filled lagoons in all colors of the rainbow, of course. And oh yea, some geysirs and thermal pools as well. To reach this wonderful place we took a night bus from La Paz to the desert town of Uyuni. It was a rough ride with several hundred kilometers of bumpy unpaved road, so again ... read more
piles of salt
digging and piling of the salt
more of salt piles

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