From Buenos Aires to Bolivia: PART 2
Sunrise over Uyuni Dry Salt Lake
The 5am start was most definitely worth it!
Isla Incahuasi in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni
Uyuni Dry Salt Lake
Surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, the Uyuni Salt Flat is an immense white plain of 12,000 square kilometers of salt. It is apparently also the only place on Earth visible by the naked eye from the moon. After spending over an hour and a half taking photos in the middle of the world’s largest salt flat (with just blue skies and white salt, the loss of perspective called for some serious photographic experimentation!)
Unfortunately our Dutch friends who were also with the three of us in our jeep have most of the photos so as soon as I get them I shall share the sheer genius that was our photography skills. However in the meantime, they went something like this…
(more to come!)
Train Cemetery located 3 km outside Uyuni
Just Chillin’ in the desert
Our final destination for the day was the town of Uyuni itself in the southwest of Bolivia. The town has an extensive street market running through it and I must admit it was rather strange to arrive in a town after the last few days of seeing very few people, only stopping in refuges and very small villages surrounded by desert and alpacas (our main source of food during our trip).
Unfortunately having come to the end of our stay in Bolivia, the final day involved a 4am start (having only reached our refuge at about 10pm the night before not yet having had dinner) and a seemingly never ending journey back to Chile.
A quick stop for some more traditional food…(alpaca of course)
Funnily enough, it seemed that after so much trouble entering Bolivia, they didn’t want us leaving either! Upon arriving at the border, we were told that in order to leave we would have to pay a small sum of 15 Bolivian pesos. Of course this is practically nothing, but having not been told about this fee before coming, none of us had any Bolivian money left at all but the officials once again weren’t having any of it. To cut a very long and uninteresting story short, we were eventually allowed to pass and I have to admit that by the time we were back in Chile, I was somewhat relieved.
Despite the journey back and having accept the fact on the first day that it would simply be impossible to disinfect everything, and therefore having to put some of my OCD tendencies aside and wholeheartedly embrace the fact that we were all going to stink for the duration of our trip, whilst my hair resembled locks of straw, I cannot believe how much ground we covered and the indescribable sites we saw…
Marking my favourite spot by building my own small pile of rocks (this was something we spotted throughout our trip)
Back in San Pedro de Atacama, the remainder of our trip included sandboarding, cycling through one of the driest places on earth and galloping through sensational sand dunes…but for all that and much more you will just have to wait for my next post!