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Today we travelled from Bolivia back into Chile. Issac and Enzo picked us up at 06:30, first stop was overlooking a huge borax mine and then next stop was the entry point for the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. We then went to look at the Laguna Colorado, also known as the Red Lake. Besides the colour the attraction of this lake are the flocks of flamingos who inhabit this lake. Next stop was a Geyser area, similar to Rotorua but on a much smaller scale, but still interesting to see. We stayed for about 20 minutes and left at 10:30. M=Next was Laguna Chalviri which offers hot springs but we didn’t have time to partake and it was just a comfort stop. But just down the road from there was a surprise, an area ... read more
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South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni November 13th 2018

Late pick-up today at 09:30, so after a good 7.5 hours sleep I woke up at 06:00 to catch up on this blog but couldn’t publish it because the hotel’s internet is too slow. Today was basically a driving day to get to our last stop before four nights in the Atacama Desert. Soon after leaving the hotel. We went to the same spot where we watched the sunset and Issac showed us how to do some funny trick photos, which was a lot of fun. We then drove for about 90 minutes to Julaca which is a tiny town almost like a ghost town although Issac told us that a year ago there were no shops providing a public toilet but now there are two. After that we drove on with a couple of stops ... read more
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The huge white expanse of Salar de Uyuni, salt flats, has to be the most well known place to visit in Bolivia and I'm sure there aren't many people who would bypass it, why would you?! It's an incredible part of the world! People either do it as a multi day tour or day trip or the occasional adventurous people cycle there! For us, we heard that a lot less people do the tour from Tupiza than from Uyuni town (also less people per jeep) and that tours from Tupiza arrive at different times to places than the swarm of Uyuni or San Pedro tours (due to going the opposite direction) so the decision to go from Tupiza was a no brainer even if more costly. We chose Alexandro Tours from reading some excellent reviews and ... read more
Llamas and Landscape
Laguna Verde and Lincancabur
Thermal Lake

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni September 23rd 2018

Day three was dubbed the rock climbing day as again we were the first of the groups to set off in the morning following a pancake breakfast (better than the stale bread we had the second morning). We stopped at various sites, a rock resembling the football world cup and a camel which we climbed on to. Also another group of rock formations where Hoshin our guide got us to climb up 50 meters for a view! We also visited a tiny part of a huge rock landscape that stretches many kilometers. Here we climbed up for a view of a small lake which forms the shape of South America. It was a perfect sunny day and good for some reflective shots! Our final stop before lunch was called the Anaconda, a windy lake in ... read more
Reflective Lake
Salt Flat Cactus Island
Classic Perspective Shot

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Tupiza September 16th 2018

When you think of Bolivia, the first thing that comes to mind is Salar de Uyuni salt flats or Lake Titicaca, but there is more to Bolivia than you may think. We had no idea that there was a western style landscape sitting in the south of the country and it is definitely a place to visit with its incredibly red mountain backdrop and quiet feel. We wanted to come to Tupiza as the tours to Salar de Uyuni go a different route and are a lot less busier than going from Uyuni town plus the landscape around peaked some interest. We arrived to Tupiza from Sucre, on our final night bus of this trip, at 4.30 am. Luckily the hostel was only five minutes walk away from the bus station and that someone was able ... read more
Tupiza Square
Horseback Riding
Tupiza Landscape


Here were are, day 3 and actually four of this amazing little trip. As you can guess, since our trip to Uyuni, we have down some solid wine on the way...but what a trip in Uyuni. This is were Cordillera agency guides made a solid difference. Our guide isn't much talkative, so more than once, we share information between ourselves without him being involved, but today, at least, the guides will make the difference, they are turning into top solid photographers! Last trip...it's was more like figure it out yourself. We had crossed the Salar de Uyuni in Winter too...but no sunrise or sunset in sight. Today is different. The guide gave us a choice to depart the Salt Hostal at 5 am or 7am. Obvious choice, a guide doesn't choose on purpose to wake up ... read more
Our guides knew exactly which pics to take!
Sunrise, just magic!
World famous Train cemetery...


Second day in Bolivia, and we are settling at a slightly lower altitude. Most of the day will be spend from 4000 meters to just above 3500 meters. We were normally due to the visit the Geysers area. But here it is, the geysers are at around 5000 meters, and up there, the snow is still massively packed. It is not like they would send snow machines to clear it....no proper roads to clear, smile! So if our drivers told us it's a no go with our Land Rovers, I guess it is actually a no go. Good news is, I've already done it, and Tanya has seen few geysers with me around the world. So we are heading for something we normally don't visit. There were pre-inca writings on rocks...more very weird rock formations....plus we ... read more
Laguna colorado
Done with the church...next, fiesta time...
You can lick the walls...it's salt!


I love this place...and let's put it simply, no way I can do a single blog about our Uyuni 3/4 days trip...so you'll just have to suffer three entries. Yes too, I acknowledge that I'm late already blogging and it will only go worst. I'm still replying to a seriously decent amount of emails everyday, so going through the pictures and blogging is done after visiting, replying to email, simply enjoying every moments of life...and there is only 24 hours in a day, with nights that are way too often way too short! Smile! After some 8 years, I'm back to Bolivia...and specially to Uyuni region, one of the top 10 place for me to visit in the world. Second visit this time, a first for Tanya, but if you ask, yes, we will come back ... read more
Welcome to Bolivia!
Laguna Colorado
He is not afraid....


Salar de Uyuni (The Salt Flats) - The Surreal Realm of Bolivia’s Southwest (17/07/2018-19/07/2018) You´ve probably seen the perspective photos. Millions of years ago, there was a huge, salty lake in the southwest of Bolivia. It´s now totally dried up and has become Salar de Uyuni: the World’s largest salt flat. Beautiful, salty, geometric patterns span over 4,000 miles; welcome to the surreal realm of Bolivia´s southwest. The crew and I chose the 3 day trip (because, why wouldn't we, these landscapes here rock!). We would start in Uyuni and end in north Chile, in San Pedro de Atacama. Easy, peasy. Just imagine.... surreal desert landscapes pretty lagoons wild llamas and alpacas cute desert creatures beautiful pink and black flamingos huge snow-capped volcanoes a crazy, cactu... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi July 15th 2018

Potosí Silver Mine: Playing with Dynamite (15/07/2018-16/07/2018) Silver is big business in Bolivia. In Potosí (4000m) lies Cerro Rico (4800m): a huge mountain full of silver veins. Since the beginning of the mining, Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain) has lost over 400 meters in height due to the now 60 miles of tunnels created in eager search of silver. Now it is in imminent danger of collapsing into itself but all thanks to Bolivia's lack of health and safety standards, gringos are allowed to enter. Yay! Not only that, but you can buy miners presents from the local miners market and give them as gifts during the tour. Some bought lemonade, some bought gloves, some bought masks.. But I bought an actual stick of dynamite (it also comes with detonator and a bag of ammonium nitrate to ... read more
Playing With Dynamite
Ready to go!
Cerro Rico (4800m)




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