in Uyuni, right next to our hostel. it was such a charming town.
Got up at 11:00 and the others were still asleep, so Eric and I went to explore this 1 road town, with only a few side streets, and 1 central square. What little commerce was there, all revolved around tourism of the salar. Hostels, hotels, salar tour compainies, and restaurants serving gringo dishes such as pizza and pancakes, all catered to tourists. There was a small market selling everything from local crafts to coca leaves (which later proved to be invaluable) which Eric and I explored later. We had breakfast at a place advertising fast food and pizza, where we met up with Monique, a girl from Atlanta, traveling alone. She was also planning on taking a tour of the salar, so we checked into seeing if she could come with us. The others got up, and we checked out all the compaines and decided on Emprexa for 480 Bolivianos ($60/person) for the 3 day tour.
long underwear, scarf, sleeping bag, 4 layers of blankets....yes, it is THAT cold
We needed to exchange money, and in the process met 2 girls from Denmark, who had just spent a semester in Sucre
volunteering at a hospital. They were medical students, who took the semester off, and they gave us some key advice about hospitals. They recommended not getting sick here, and if we did, to insist on all new medical supplies, as they wash disposable gloves, reuse needles, and inproperly sterilize medical devices. They said to make sure you state that you will pay for everything to be new. Eric started to feel a little bit sick from the altitude, so we stopped to get some papas fritas (french fries) while the others went to the market. After we finished, we headed to the market as well, where Eric bought some llama gloves, and me a llama scarf. We then rested awhile until 8:00 where we met up with the group for dinner at Minute Man Pizza, an international travelers hangout, with stellar pizza. Eric and I had llama pizza, while wearing llama scarves and socks. After dinner we consolidated our stuff into one pack and went to bed, because we were meeting at the salar tour company at 9:30 am.