A group of Guanaco are feeding and drinking in a pristine lagoon.
After throughoutly enjoying our activities in San Pedro it was time to move on and with some sadness say good-bye to Chile. What a country! We really enjoyed the diverse landscape, from the mountains and hikes to the cities and wine areas then into the northern desert it certainly provided a great experience for us.
Much of our travels from place to place to date has been by bus, this time though we decided to take an opportunity to be a little more adventurous. We arranged a tour via an offroad truck and crossed into Bolivia at the remote crossing of Laguna Verde at the sourthern edge of the Reserva Eduardo Avaroa. This 7,147 square kilometre nature reserve is home to a surprising array of wildlife, brightly coloured lakes and lagoons and lunar landscapes with snowcapped volcanic peaks as its backdrop. It was well worth spending 4 days in a 4x4 to get off the beaten track a little and see some a remote region of Bolivia!
The offroad adventure ended in the town of Uyuni, which at its peak was Bolivia's main gateway to the outside world and a symbol of industrial progress and modernization. The town is
Saw a lone truck making its way across the isolated landscape.
now largely dependant on tourism to see the spectacular scenery of the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Flats) and its railway yards are left abandoned with the slowing decaying skeletons of the now redundant trains.
The salt falt covers some 9,000 square kilometres and is by far the largest salt lake in the world. Though not a lake in the conventional sense, below the surface of the thick hard crust of salt (which is easily capable of supporting the weight of a car) is ground which is saturated with water. Its a truly awesome place, and feels like being on another planet. We had so much fun playing with the prospectives on the salt flats and taking different pictures.
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