one of the central streets in the town
My boyfriend and I began our tour of Bolivia from a little town called Uyuni. To get there we took a 24 hour train (it was freezing!) from Calama, Chile. Had I known previously we could have started our trip from San, Pedro Chile, but it probably would have been more expensive and we would have totally missed quaint little Uyuni. We stayed at a very nice hotel called Hotel Tonito. It was expensive for Bolivian standards ($45 a night for the two of us) but probably the best you could get in the town and it had WONDERFUL hot showers. (Hot showers are necessary in the Bolivian dessert where it gets EXTREMELY COLD at night). We got to walk around the town a bit and see what it had to offer. It wasn't much but it had a very cool central market that stretched down the main street of the town.
school children lining up for school
We noticed on the train ride that there were many Bolivian people bringing back many many huge bags of food, drinks and other supplies. When we went through the market we realized they sold them there on the street. There was no main grocery store and all the little "mom and pop" stores seemed to have brought their products from Chile as well, perhaps it was cheaper? Not sure. The people overall were pretty friendly and I felt very safe. My boyfriend and I wondered the streets looking around the outskirts until the night got too cold to tolerate. Most of the restaurants, unfortunately, are Italian themed. My boyfriend, who is Chilean, said this was most likely so because tourists probably wouldn't trust the meat there, so pasta was a safest bet. We had dinner at a cute Italian place and it was simple but pretty good and cheap. One thing I remember most about the town was the children. They were soooooo CUTE and friendly and polite. I would say American children could learn a thing or two.. or twelve.. The babies were especially adorable because all of their cheeks were rosy rosry red and chuby making them look like little cherubs. Precious.
Uyuni Hotels & Accommodations review
Ok, so this is the hotel I stayed in when I began my tour of the Bolivian Altiplano in Uyuni. It was a very nice hotel with good service and great ho… read entire review