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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 23rd 2011

Travelling through Bolivia is the craziest I’ve experienced in any country. This started with my entrance across the border. All the passengers on the bus were herded off to pay for an extra ticket to cross a river. This was no normal bridge crossing though. We clambered into a tiny dingy/boat and had life jackets thrust upon us, whilst our coach holding all our possessions was driven onto floating planks of wood to meet us on the other side of the river. Apparently bridges haven’t reached Bolivia yet. Then, when we tried to leave La Paz on another coach the union’s strike over pay and conditions contributed to another interesting journey. In Bolivia a strike is a little more disruptive than a tube strike back home. A journey that should have taken 3 hours actually took ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni April 11th 2011

After 28 hours and 4 buses (it was suppose to be 22hrs, 2 buses but one broke down and just before the 3rd one did we swapped again) we finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama. On the bus we realised we'd taken the company used by miners and not tourists i.e. We were the only females with 24 Chilean men. They were very sweet and as we went by they pointed out the hand in the desert and where the Chilean miners had been trapped. In San Pedro de Atacama we strolled through their Market and organised our next few days. In the evening Lucille & Amanda were able to join a stargazing tour (only 2spaces left, me & Jane decided will try do it in Bolivia). After finding a nearby football pitch Jane and ... read more

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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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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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
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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
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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
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