Salar de Uyuni, Bolovia

8th-10th May

We did a three day tour to the salt falts from San Pedro with a compnay World Wide Travel. We crossed the boarder into Bolivia on the first day. The tour was by Jeep cross country, there were six of us and the driver. Two people from Chile and two from Switzerland. The Swiss couple had excellent Spanish and English. The Bolivian guide (driver) had only Spanish so we were lucky the Swiss couple could translate what the guide was explaining.
The tour was great, the first day we travelled up to 4800m high. I had a headache from the altitude, i took tea with coca leaves which helped.  Paddy felt fine, lucky guy!

The first day we passed some lagoons and went to a lovely thermal pool with great views of the surrounding landscape.

The first night, we stayed in very basic accommodation, it was really cold that night, we were provided a winter sleeping bags and heavy blankets on the bed, so were very warm during the night. It was definately minus degrees. There was only electricity for three hours that night and cold showers. The food was good and plenty of it.

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On day two, we visited more lagoons and saw many flamingos. We also visited some rock formed by volcanos. We stayed in a Salt hotel the second night. The floors and walls of the hotel were covered in salt, it seems to act as an insulator. We had hot showers and a lovely meal. Before dinner, we explored the small village and watched local teenages playing 5-a-side football on a basketball court.

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The third day, we got up at 4.30am to make sunrise on the salt flats. The salt plains were amazing. We had lots of fun taking photos. We visited a cactus island in the middle of the salt flats, we did a little hike up to the top for some great views.
The tour finished in the town of Uyuni, with a visit to the train graveyard where we saw many old steam trains, used in the 50’s. We stayed one night in Uyuni, it is a small town, the local Bolivians were friendly, there were many small cafe restaurants serving Italian food.

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The Bolivian women have a nice style, they wear black hats, colourful shawls, big skirts, thick tights with sandals and wear their hair in plats. I’m keen to take photos of them but don’t want to upset them!

Looking forward to spending time in Bolivia, first impressions are good 🙂


One thought on “Salar de Uyuni, Bolovia

  1. Theresa Mc Guane. says:

    Thanks for this blog and last one.Time went by on me and I was every day going to leave a reply on last one and next this one arrives.Pictures and details are magnificent.Ye are doing great exploring and certainly making the most of everywhere.Great ye are enjoying it all and Bolivia now.

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