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Uyuni salt flats and whereabouts

Posted by on March 31, 2017

Posted from Uyuni, Potosi Department, Bolivia.

I started to feel a bit apprehensive about the jeep tour soon after I saw the crowds of backpackers converging around the touristy part of Uyuni and sitting in the tourist cafes eating pizza and talking rubbish. A few days earlier, while being tired, I was questioning my choice of travelling. Why am I getting exhausted cycling on poor roads while I could book a bus or a jeep and get from A to B without any worries and effort? As soon as I got into Uyuni my doubts disappeared and I reassured myself that what I was doing was right. As soon as I got into Uyuni I realised that I feel much better wandering around in places where no tourists come than staying on the touristy path. I felt a little bit out of place here but the decision had been made and so I booked myself a jeep tour. The next day at 10.30 am I came to the tourist office where I booked the ride in order to be put into the right jeep. I didn’t know what to expect but at first I was hoping to be placed within a group of younger, possibly English speaking tourists. I was initially disappointed to had been added to a group of older people. I thought to myself: ‘Am I so old to travel with 60 year olds and families with kids?’. However, my fears very soon disappeared when I found out that the people I would be travelling with for the next 3 days were actually very interesting and fun. Then I realised that it all turned out well. Our driver was very good and the ‘crew’ was great.
The tour started a little bit cheesy at first. All of the jeeps happened to converge in the same spots – train cemetary, artisan village, some hotel at the Salar de Uyuni. At every spot crowds of people would come out of the jeeps with their cameras, eating snacks and wearing the same ponchos, hats and other locally-bought confectionary. However, soon after we ate lunch at the salar, the cars began to disappear in different directions and the journey became much more pleasant and rewarding. The views in this part of Bolivia are just spectacular – salars, lakes, volcanoes, geysers, snow-capped mountains. I could have done this trip on a bicycle which would probably take me about a week but I am happy to have chosen the tour. I saw lots in a very short span of time while resting my legs and the rest of the body. And now I shall let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Spot me

Spot me

Train cemetery #1

Train cemetery #1

Train cemetery #1

Train cemetery #1

Train cemetery #3

Train cemetery #3

Uyuni salt flats

Uyuni salt flats

Uyuni salt flats #2

Uyuni salt flats #2

Uyuni salt flats #3

Uyuni salt flats #3

What salt does to a car

What salt does to a car

Uyuni salt flats #3

Uyuni salt flats #3

Uyuni salt flats #4

Uyuni salt flats #4

Uyuni salt flats #5

Uyuni salt flats #5

Uyuni salt flats #6

Uyuni salt flats #6

Uyuni salt flats #7

Uyuni salt flats #7

Uyuni salt flats #8

Uyuni salt flats #8

Me

Me

Me 2

Me 2

Like a mirror

Like a mirror

Some volcano

Some volcano

View #1

View #1

View #2

View #2

View #3

View #3

Looking down on our jeep

Looking down on our jeep

View #4

View #4

View #5

View #5

Flamingos

Flamingos

Flamingos

Flamingos

Laguna verde?

Laguna verde?

Local rodents

Local rodents

Volcanic mountains

Volcanic mountains

Volcanic mountains

Volcanic mountains

Arbol de piedra

Arbol de piedra

I had to climb something

I had to climb something

Geyser

Geyser

Geysers at sunrise

Geysers at sunrise

Geyser at sunrise

Geyser at sunrise

Geysers #3

Geysers #3

Stinky steam

Stinky steam

Sunrise

Sunrise

Hot baths

Hot baths

Disierto Salvadore Dali

Disierto Salvadore Dali

Volcanic landscapes

Volcanic landscapes

View

View

Had to climb this too

Had to climb this too

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