San Cristobal Salt Hotel
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San Cristobal Salt Hotel Uyuni Reviews
San Cristobal Salt Hotel Jun 05, 2016
San Cristobal Salt hotel is where our tour company brought us for the first night sleep on our 3 day tour over Uyuni salt desert. All day long we were traveling with our 4x4 Toyota mean machine, stopping at attractions along the way. As soon as sun went under the line, cold moved in and started biting our exposed body parts. When we arrived to the village, it was already dark. Salt Hotel was one floor, fairly new building with all walls made of salt aside of kitchen and bathroom walls. That’s kind of understandable, because in the kitchen I would be the first one chipping the wall and adding it to the meals. Bathroom and salt… well get shower and salt heheheh, see through, very soon. They probably figured out very fast that it won’t work…
Floors are almost all in salt, especially in all rooms. It is a bit weird in the beginning, but then you just get used to dropping meat on the floor when needed… Tables and chairs are also made of blocks of salt. I love the mixed coloring on the salt bricks that come from different layers that add-up during the year or years. You have everything from pure white to brownish salt with dust that is flown in from surrounding mountains during the windy times (dont lick that part).
Rooms are matrimonial double beds and twin beds and they have lots of rooms. Bed base is also made of salt on which they placed nice mattresses and lots lots lots of blankets. Lots of blankets (especially the warm ones made of Alpaca) are more than needed during freezing nights in the desert. I must remind you that this place is above 4000m and I was there during the winter time… Night went pretty smoothly, warm, a bit immobilized by the weight of the blankets, but happy and rested.
Restrooms do have hot water, but you’ll have to add 10 Bolivianos for mama to turn on the heater. You can cheat and jump together with your girlfriend, but 10 B is just dollar and half… Well worth the hot water! This village made their own grey water deposits and they moved all used water to the facility they built a bit away from the town. That is a bit surprising when you see the way how everything is made around here. Actually this village is really big and they even have gym for all sports…
We ate in this place and the ladies made good hot meals and supplied lots of hot water for our teas and coffee drinks. You can buy number of alcoholic drinks form the hotel, but warning is that you are high up and alcohol kicks a bit stronger. Somehow appetite kicks in too, and I have been eating like hungry man (a lot).
Our driver warmed up the car (inside and out and I am grateful for that), we packed our stuff on the roof and off we go to new sight-seeing.
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