Blogs from Uyuni, Potosí Department, Bolivia, South America - page 7


South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni January 17th 2011

After Cycling The Death Road, we headed back on ourselves, south to a place called Uyuni to begin our tour of the Salt Flats. It´s one of the must see sites in Bolivia and is a massive arid flat desert where there was once a land locked sea which has since disappeared leaving the flat salt beds. We made our way by overnight bus, had been told to expect a bumpy ride and were not disappointed. After about 30 minutes the bus hit rough terrain and the remainder of the journey felt like driving through an earthquake. On arrival, the first few hours were spent scoping out different tour operators and we ended up settling on Tito Tours from the advice of a Slovenian girl, who along with another English couple, and our now two week ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni January 9th 2011

Z Tupizi sme sa potrebovali dostat do Uyuni, nesiel ziaden nocny spoj a tak nas cakal dalsi den straveny v autobuse. Autobus odchadzal o desiatej a to bol cas kedy prisiel na stanicu. Ked sme si kupovali listky pytali sme sa aky to bude autobus, to co prislo sa na autobus na fotke nepodobalo ani s velmi velkou davkou fantazie - mal to byt klasicky velky autobus a prieslo nieco polovicnej velkosti a velmi, velmi staro vyzerajuce. Nastastie sa nam podarilo zabrat miesto v kufri takze sme si nemuseli veci vykladat na strechu a tiez sa nam sikovne podarilo zabrat miesta na sedenie. Iny turisti take stastie nemali, napriek tomu ze si kupili listky miesto na nich nezvysilo. Medzitym uz im ale vylozili batohy na strechu a tak si pre ne museli liezt hore a potom ... read more
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do Uyuni/ to Uyuni

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni December 7th 2010

FIRST STEPS INTO BOLIVIA Our first flight took us from Asuncion to Santa Cruz, landing at 11:45pm. Despite all the forms we had to fill in on the flight and the number of guards around we passed swiftly through immigration and customs and got the last few seats to bed down for the night. After a very refreshing few hours sleep (!) and a 30 minute flight we landed in Cochabamba. We took the ‘mirco’ (bus) to the town centre and bus station to get on our 9am coach to Oruro, which left promptly and was pretty comfortable. The journey was amazing as the bus climbed through the hills on a surprisingly smooth road. We probably averaged about 40 mph the whole way but still managed to overtake a few trucks. This was far from ... read more
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Oruro train station
Our swish train

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni November 14th 2010

A day in Uyuni without booking a trip to the Salt Flats meant another was on the cards. The prospect of another 24 hours in that town would require some chemical assistance. Ben and Fiona checked out of their hovle and into the hostelling international around the corner. At twice the price it offered no water, no electricity and no hospitality. But all Ben needed was its kitchen. It took Ben an hour to skin the cactuses. He ran his pocket knife along the valleys in the stellate plant then peeled the papery outer layer from the green flesh. He chopped them up, added about three litres of water and boiled them. Two and a half hours later, Ben drained the cactus juice and used a plastic bag with a hole in the corner to squeeze ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni October 27th 2010

Tuesday 26th October We’d spent a week in La Paz and had a hell of a time but it was time to move on. We had intended to go to Trinidad, a city in the North, and then a boat down to Santa Cruz. However we discovered that getting a bus to Trinidad would be 29 hours which was not on the cards. We decided instead to get a bus to Uyuni and check out the Bolivian salt flats. There were two buses to Uyuni - the tourist and the local bus. The tourist bus was B$240 and the local was B$120. Though always keen to save a bit of coin, we decided to get the tourist bus because we’d caught a local bus from Arequipa to Puno and spent six hours with our knees on ... read more
Hostelling International
Me and Beer
The most Awesome bus company in the World

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni October 22nd 2010

Uyuni is the starting point for our 3-day 4X4 excursion through the spectacular Salar de Uyuni exploring the stunning landscapes between the Salar de Uyuni and Chile’s Atacama Desert by four-wheel-drive vehicle. Piercing blue skies contrast with blinding white salt as you drive across the flat lakebed. The area’s unusual landscape of mountains and terrain is like nowhere on earth. Its feels like your on the Moon or some place in Mars. The main attraction in town is the Train Cemetery which we visit on the first day, a collection of rusting railway relics just southwest of the present train station. The also tour takes us through Laguna Colorada (4278 m above sea level), a large red lagoon and Laguna Verde (5000 m above sea level), a lake that has a striking blue-green colour due to ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni July 25th 2010

We arrived at the border village of Argentina - Quiaca, 06 p.m. Thomas' clock showed that we were roughly 3450 meters above sea level. We didn't exactly need a clock to tell us that we were high up, it was getting really hard to breath!! six o'clock in the morning so high up, is also equivalent with ice cold!! The incas stod huddled together in groups, wearing layer upon layer of woven carpets.. I've told Thomas time upon time that he has to grow "pointy elbows" here in the latin america.. Especially when the temperature is below zero!! He's so nice to everybody (it's a good quality though), just not when freezing! We finally managed to hail down a cab (cutting in line of course, as everybody else does), and drove to the border of Argentina ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni June 6th 2010

After leaving the Salar, we drove parallel to the train tracks until we reached Uyuni...and what a shock to the system after the beauty of the Altiplano. Uyuni was once Bolivia’s gateway to the outside world and an industrial, modern town. Now however, it’s dirty, depressing and shabby and it’s only due to its proximity to the Salar that it hasn’t turned into a ghost town. We said our goodbyes to the girls and Alberto and Lucy and made sure to give them a nice, fat tip for having looked after us so well. The three of us then got dropped off by the train station in Uyuni so we could try and figure out the mystery of the Bolivia - Chile train. We’d heard about a 23-hour train journey that takes you across the border ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni May 27th 2010

We had quite an early start to our 3 day adventure across the Atacama Desert and Salt Flats of Bolivia. We arrived at the office charged and ready to go after removing the last of the sand from our bodies from the previous day´s sandboarding adventures (we still have sand falling out of our shoes now....a couple of weeks later!). We piled into a mini van and shot out of San Pedro to the Argentinean border control and then to the Bolivian border control (small shack in the middle of nowhere).....and had some breakfast while we waited for our turn to have our passports bashed with yet another stamp. We had grouped up with another couple from Brisbane and needed a 5th member for our 4x4 so we scouted out the larger group and located the ... read more
Happy days
Sunrise on the Salt Flats
Colourful Mountain

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 9th 2010

Man sagt uns, dies sei die Reise des Lebens, ein unglaubliches und unvergessliches Erlebnis. Wir wollen es nicht missen und werden nicht enttaeuscht! Der Trip dauert drei Tage. Dabei fahren wir in einem Toyota Landcruiser mit Chauffeur ueber die Grenze nach Bolivien, in eindruecklichen Hoehen ueber den Altiplano vorbei an sagenhaften Landschaften mit Wuesten, Lagunen und Felsformationen. Hoehepunkt der Tour ist am letzten Tag die Ueberquerung des Salar de Uyuni, mit einer Flaeche von einem Viertel der ganzen Schweiz die groesste Salzwueste der Welt! Der bolivianische Grenzposten ist auf einer Hoehe von rund 4500m in einem einfachen Huettchen stationiert. Hier erwarten uns zwei Jeeps fuer unsere zwoelfkoepfige Gruppe. Wir werden zu sechst in ein Auto gepfercht: zwei Personen auf der hinteren Bank, drei Personen in der Mitte, und eine Person neben unserem Fahrer, Theo. Das Gepaeck ... read more
Laguna Blanca
Laguna Canapa
Buswrack an der bolivianischen Grenze

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