Blogs from Salar de Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 64


Day 1- After a long pause waiting in our jeep for our guide to join us, we finally head off on our 4 day tour through what is said to be one of the most beautiful place sin the world. It turns out that our delay was due to the company briefing or guide on what we´re about see. they had been photocopyin all the papers detailing all the sites that we are gong to, so that he would be able to read them out to us when we hit our destinations! it turns out that it was his first tour to the Salt flats, and it would be as much a holiday for him as it would be for us!! His name was Arsel- similarly pronounced to Ass hole! and our driver´s name was Adelio..but ... read more
the running of the Lamas!
beautiful sceneries everywhere
i love cacti!

Today we are hanging out in Ununi to relax after our very scary bus ride yesterday. We booked our salt flat trip today, it will leave tommorrow for four days. We will be travelling by jeep to the flats, and we have many exciting things planned along the way, including climing a 5200m volcano, lounging in hot springs, watching colourful flamingos, watching some gysers and much more. We´ll be leaving tommorrow at 10:30. We had a bit of trouble actually booking our trip as none of us really speak very good spanish, and everyone here only speaks spanish (since Ununi is a fairly remote bolivian town). Also there are no ATM´s here and all the banks are closed today, so we had a bit of trouble booking our trip without paying, but we finally did, and ... read more

I was a bit apprehensive as we approached Bolivia. Everyone said 'Watch out for pickpockets, don't leave bags alone, don't walk around in big groups and draw attention to yourself, don't walk around by yourself, only carry the money you need blah blah blah etc etc etc....I was starting to wonder why I had chosen to travel through this obviously way too dangerous country. And now I am glad I chose not to listen because Bolivia has turned out to be one of the highlights. First up the border crossing between Argentina and Bolivia lived up to all expectations. Lots of people in line carrying everything but the kitchen sink. Children and dogs running everywhere. Even the occasional donkey wandered past. We were lucky to get there just after siesta so made it through the line ... read more
I think I might send Mum this one!!
The obligatory funny fotos on the salt plains
More Funny Fotos

Hallo ihr Lieben, beim Hochladen hat unser Gruss im Uyuniartikel leider gelitten. Deshalb hier das Bild noch einmal. Liebe Gruesse, Silke & Raphael... read more

From Potosi we made our way to Uyuni, quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Luckily the loperamide held out and I managed to make it to the Salt Flats relatively unscathed. On the way we saw a train graveyard: Uyuni used to be the major stop off for all trains carrying the minerals from Potosi to Antofagasta (now in Chile but used to be Bolivia´s major port before losing it in the Pacific War), and was the place to get your engine repaired. There are lots of British engineering relics around here too. It was very strange seeing rusting girders imprinted with "Dudley, England" in the middle of the Bolivian Altiplano. There was also a train which Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had robbed for its miners payroll. The Salar de Uyuni is one ... read more
Isla de Pescada

My Trip in Bolivia began with a great 22 hour train journey through the flat east. A great way to see some of the country life since the trains are not that fast as in Europe. First stop was Santa Cruz where we changed on a bus.......I didn't know that trains where so comfortable. We got out at Villa Tunari 4 hours after the estimated arrival time, found a place to dump our bags. went to the worst bar in the world..but the had beer, and realy bad karaoke!! Next day visited the animal rehabilitation centre before we took of to Cochabamba. For 3 bolivianos (30 euro cents) we got the cable car up to heaven...thats were we found the Jesus statue and for a while I thought I was in Rio de Janeiro!! In sucre ... read more
vicuña's in an amazing landscape
Flamingo's at the Salar de Uyuni
laguna verde

Hola all Well I finally made it to Bolivia for a brief visit on my way back to Lima. I left Salta Argentina on the night bus to the Bolivia Border with a friend I met In Argentina. we got to the border town at 4 am and the border was some where not even close to the border. I managed to get dirrections from a local on how to get there. the selection of locals at this time was limited, spanish sounds even harder to understand when thee are no teeth involved. We made it to customs just before they opened and met another guy there waiting to cross. after the customs there you have to walk across a bridge into Bolivia. their Border opens at 6 am but there is an hour time difference ... read more

We eventually escaped the evil clutches of the bus strike - they were striking because they were being asked to pay 80 Bolivianos (6 GBPounds) tax a year - and headed overnight to Sucre, Bolivia's second capital. White-painted, red-roofed colonial buildings and numerous historical sights abound, but the main draw was... the Dino Truck! We were a little sceptical of this gringo-magnet, complete with pictures of dinosaurs on the side, but the guidebook told us to leave our scepticism aside - so we did just that. The truck drives (cue kids running down the street yelling "gringo!") up to a limestone quarry. Several million years ago, the area was a lake bed; after some tectonic upheav.....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! and a bit of mining, a 200m high mudrock wall stands, covered in dinosaur footprints. Very impressive. The footprints prove ... read more
Mel walks with dinosaurs
Katy gets ready to blow stuff up
Our guide Pedro

So our band of merry travellers set off from San Pedro, gaining altitude quick, as we ascended the altiplano, from 2600m to 3500m above sea level. Already the altitude was starting to take effect, but we were unfazed, chewing on mouthfulls of cocoa leaves (the only cure for altitude sickness available) and drinking mate, an Argentinian herbal tea. The panoramic vista was unbelievable, as the air is so clear, you feel like you´re looking at a massive painting, as you can easily see the detail miles away. Passing the towering volcanoes, one of which erupted a year ago, we ascended to 4000m and passed Laguna Verde, a clear, white mineral lagoon with pink flamingoes serenely eating in the shallows and llamas grazing at it´s shores. Obviously tough buggers, given that it was about 3 degrees during ... read more
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
A dip in some thermal springs

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