The salt flats of Bolivia. It’s on of the must-do’s on any trip through the country and it’s not hard to see why. We left La Paz on an overnight bus that turned out to be a pretty horrendous journey. Bolivia has been having problems with it’s miners striking and blocking the roads. One of these road block meant we had to take an alternative route, along gravel roads, for ten hours. Sleep was a rare pleasure as we rocked our way down to Uyuni, where the Salt Flat tours depart from. After a day sniffing out the tour operators we decided on one, paid our cash and were due to meet them at 10:3o the next morning. The company, Cordillera Tours, seemed pretty good and we’d read positive reviews about them. It turned out to be a night mare with arguments between the drivers and guide (that we’d paid for), our driver not following our guide who spoke English, food was terrible etc… I’ll rant properly on Trip Advisor in a few days and save you having to read all about it.

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

 

 

Salar de Uyuni – The Salt Flats of Uyuni

Despite the driver and guide problems, it was an amazing trip. We had a good group with Brits, Canadians, Germans and Irish and the places we drove through were spectacular. The tour itself is mainly cruising south from Uyuni across the salt flats and then into a national park. There is plenty of time spent sitting in a vehicle as you blast between sights. We couldn’t fault the weather, blue skies the whole time, which did make for a cold night on the second night (things got well below 0 degrees!)

 

It doesn’t seem worthwhile to give you a blow by blow account of the trip as it’s really best seen through photo’s. So I’ll give the word a rest and allow you to check out some of the most amazing scenery in Bolivia if not the world!

 

Train Cemetary

Stop 1 was the train cemetery, perfect spot for an AS

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

Checking out the salt pyramids – the mounds are made to dry out the salt ebfore shifting it

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

The shenanigans start

 

Uyuni Salt Flats Island

Hanging out on a cactus ridden island in the middle of the flats

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

Me falling off the front of a jandal

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

Cel kicking off her signature move for the tour

 

Uyuni Salt Flats

Bright and sunny!

 

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Dropping an AS near a mountain

 

Uyuni Salt Flats Tour

Loving the air up there

 

Flamingos

Flamingos love the lagoons, they’re everywhere

 

Flamingos

A couple of birds chilling in the reflection

 

Lago

Amazing scenery at one of the lakes

 

Lago

Loving the weather and the views

 

Tree Rock - Arbol de Piedra

The famous ‘tree rock’

 

Laguna Colorada

Now this lagoon is red!

 

Laguna Colorada

Cel checking out the birdlife on the lagoon

 

Laguna Colorada

It was blowing a gale, but shorts and jandals were still appropriate

 

Laguna Colorada Llamas

Not just flamingos but llama too

 

Laguna Colorada Llamas

Llamas sticking together

 

Polques Sunrise

Sunrise on day 3, freezing cold!

 

Sol de Manana

Steam vent that was incorrectly called a geyser! Still nice at 6 in the morning!

 

Sol de Manana

We couldn’t help ourselves

 

Sol de Manana

Sun rising the lake

 

Laguna Verde

Cel keeps the jump thing going

 

Laguna Verde

Stunning reflections

 

Rock Valley

We stopped at a rock valley, appropriately there were rocks galore

 

Rock Valley

Cel found a nice spot

 

Rock Valley

Spot the kiwi!

 

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  1. Celebrating in Sucre – El mejor restaurantes says: September 25, 2012 • 22:33:06

    […] After an assault on our photographic senses during the trip through Uyuni’s Salt Flats we were lining up some serious R&R. While we didn’t really need an excuse to overeat on […]

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  2. Top 5 Experiences: Latin America « BrendonFry.com says: December 2, 2012 • 19:19:38

    […] Ever wondered what it would be like to walk on a completely different planet? Well if you want to save a bit of effort and a few years travelling around the galaxy to experience it, then head straight for Salar de Uyuni and it’s surrounding national parks. This experience was like no other, 3 days of touring across some of the most bizarre landscapes we’ve ever seen. While the accommodation and tour company itself left quite a bit to be desired, there was no arguing that the views outside the vehicle were from another world. The Salt Flats themselves are crazy, an enormous white expanse of nothing else but salt. We drove over the flats and took the obligatory distorted perspective pictures before heading south into the national parks. We spent two days tripping over scree, sand and salt stopping to get up close to lagoons, flamingo’s  llamas, mud pools, geysers, mountains and weird rock formations. It’s n0-mans land, with tourists hoofing across the soils and the odd local plying their trade with accommodation in the most remote places. If you’re after an easy place to take photos then this is probably one of the better spots in the world, with the contrast in not only landscapes but also colours – bright red lakes growing against a powerful ever-blue sky. Definitely take an i-pod to plug into the car as the distance between stops can be a while. A bottle of red wine is a must to keep warm when the temps get below 0 and you’ve only got a sleeping bag! Avoid Cordillera Tours (awful company) but other than that you have to get into a salt flats tour for Bolivia’s fresh serving of amazing scenery. […]

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