Blogs from Salar de Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 9

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Lonely Railway
Lonely Railway 2


Monday 23rd April - Sucre to Uyuni Thank god this would be our last bus trip on one of Bolivia's excuses for transportation as we made the 9 hour journey to the Salt flats of Uyuni. Amazingly a British couple sat in front of us had brought along their 3 or 4 year old son who clearly wasn't ready to cope with the arduous travel as he proceeded to be sick continuously for the whole journey, the poor little lad. Uyuni is the original and archetypal dustbowl of a town as it sits on the edge of the salt flats and a large desert and is probably only in existence to service the hoards of gringos who come to marvel at the largest salt flats in the world, a dried up salt lake from prehistoric times ... read more
Uyuni Train Cemetery
Carrying Stacie
The Tour Group


Before I begin this blog I would like to send my best wishes to Amanda Fraser, wife of friend and colleague Steve, who had a liver transplant on Easter Sunday. I know she reads my whitterings and musings and so from over here Amanda I wish you a very speedy recovery. I hope these photos bring a smile to your face. ( whatever colour it may be at the moment) An incredible day. Salar de Uyuni is the vast salt flats outside the town which bears its name. So the night before. Arrived in Uyuni which is a shithole. Even the guide books describe it as such. First time I think I agree with them. It is a backpacker mecca purely for the salt flats otherwise no one in their right mind would come here. We ... read more
dinosaurs stalk the flats of Uyuni
dancing the watoosi on deck
thought food last night was a bit too much


Kid, the next time I say we go someplace like Bolivia,let's go someplace like Bolivia" A classic line from one of my favourite films, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was with some trepidation that I decided to book a round trip tour to the salt flats of Bolivi in a 4x4 vehicle from San Pedro. When I obtained my emergency passport I did not mention this country at the time and so it is not recorded as I country I intend now to visit. However I am assured by a very reputable tour company that I will be no problem crossing over and then back do I can then drop down to Iquique so continue north in chile. There are three reasons for going. First santiago is going and speaks Spanish so any communication ... read more
View to the mountains
Me at 4500 meters above sea level
Bolivia!


Sunday, March 25th, 2012 La Paz, Bolivia For our last day in La Paz - at least until our return flight - we checked out of our hotel and finished up some last minute sight-seeing before the Salt Flats. We browsed the markets, discovering both the Witch´s Market and Black Market. The Witch´s Market contained your usual ¨run of the mill¨handcrafts found in most other markets, but also had dried llama fetuses (just in case you were looking for some, go here). The Black Market - which pretty much looked like a Home Depot expoded- is the market containing goods smuggled from Chile. While we didn´t see any, our book noted that the occasional Bolivian law enforcement officer could be found shopping here as well. We opted on purchasing some super cheap, kitcsh, sunglasses and baby ... read more
Curtis & Jen in Uyuni
Newton
Einstein


20/3/12 We met our group at 7:45am in San Pedro and headed for the Bolivian border which was just an hour away. The Bolivian immigration office was at 4300m above sea level and absoluetly freezing. It was the strangest border crossing we have ever been to as it was a small hut in the middle of the desert, anyway our passports were stamped and we had breakfast with the group on our minibus. After breakfast we were split into groups of six and designated a 4x4 jeep and a driver for the rest of the tour. We were very lucky with our group as we had another English couple from London, an airhostess from Holland and a half Chilean plumber from Norway. Everyone was lovely and we all got on great, making our 3 day experience ... read more
Bolivian immigration office...
Our group
Hot springs


Taking the train instead of the bus from Oruro to Uyuni turned out to be a good decision. The ride was smooth, there was plenty of room for our legs and it even arrived on time! So, after getting out of the riot that was the bag return, we made our way to our pre-booked accommodation. Whilst actually in the town of Uyuni, we didn’t really have much planned. This was not because we were boring or lazy, but purely because there really isn’t anything to do in this town other than go book a Salt Flats tour, eat and drink and take stupid pictures of each other doing ridiculous poses….therefore, that’s precisely what we did! The tour that we booked out to the Salt Flats was to take 8 people total. This included both the ... read more
Trying to get this thing going....
She has me in the palm of her hands!!
Amazing sunset at our first nights stop off


We were picked up early from our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama armed with 10 litres of water and set off for our 3 day trip across Chile´s atacama Desert to Bolivias Salt Flats. There were 4 Jeeps in total on our trip with 6 eager tourists in each. We got lucky as our 4WD comprised of 3 couples, one from up north, one from Jersey, us and Felix our friendly (but strict) driver whom was very experienced and always sober which is exactly what you want when your driving through desert tracks and over mountains for 3 days. Our tour operator had informed us they would change our chiliean money into bolivian for the park entrance we need to pay and a bit extra for any bolivian souvenirs. Annoyingly on departure they said they ... read more
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Spectacular, awe inspiring, incredible, beautiful; these are just a few words that come to mind after just finishing a three day drive through the Andes for a second time. This time it was from San Pedro de Atacama, northern Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia by 4x4. No pavement, just dirt roads only fit for a 4x4. Specifically Toyota Landcruisers; looks like Toyota has wrapped up Bolivia from what I saw. To try describe the trip would not do it justice, so I'll let the pics paint most of the thousand words. But I know that even they can't capture what I saw and felt There were six of us and a driver in a Toyota landcruiser and we literally went up and over the Andes. Two great young Chilean couples, an Irishman and an excellent driver who ... read more
At the Bolivian border
I love these border outposts
Laguna Verde

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni December 24th 2011

So after a couple of days in Sucre where I managed to meet up with Izzy and Siobhan and visit a local orphange I was off to Potosi. Potosi is the worlds highest city at 4070m and is famous for its silver mining history. The city was founded in 1545 following the discovery of silver in the Cerro Rico mountain. Today however the mountain has been drained of its most valuable minerals but is still heavily mined for lesser value minerals. Tourists can be taken into the working mines and watch the miners work as well as helping out with the dynamite explosions. Unfortuanltey I was really unwell with a bad cold where I arrived here and due to the conditions inside the mines was advised not to enter. Disappointing, but means there is something I ... read more
The World´s biggest Llama
At the salt mounds
Me on a bottle




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