Day 1: Salt flats and really big cacti

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Cute Bolivian kid chillin in the middle of the salt flat
One the first day of the tour we left uyuni in our 4x4 jeep with two other couples.  We first drove to what the tour guide called the train graveyard... and that's what it was.  It was slightly depressing to see all the corpses of the trains rusting away but at the same time it was in an artistic kind of way beautiful.  After leaving the train graveyard we set off for the salt flat which for me the second most important thing to see on the trip (flamingos being first).  Once we got their the sand was blinding but it was a sight to be seen.  Everywhere you looked (except one side) was salt... pure salt.. We were told it used to be a huge salt lake that dried up millions of years ago.. however it got their it was definately one of the coolest things I've seen.
attack of the cacti!!
  We did the normal tourist routine and took the corny optical illusion pics but it was lots of fun even thought very cliche.  After taking some pics we went to a hotel completely made out of salt.  Yes, completely made of salt.  That was pretty damn cool too.  Eveything from the tables to the bed frames were completely salt constructed.  We got some munchies there (so we could take pictures inside) and then set off for the Isla del pescado (Fish Island).  There were no fish but LOTS of really big cacti.  Me (being a little southern bell) had no idea that cactus could actually get that big.  It was pretty interesting and a little intimidating.  We got a chance to walk around the island and then had lunch.  After lunch we drove off in the sunset to the town we would be staying in for the night, stopping to take pictures along the way.  
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Cute Bolivian kid chillin in the m…
Cute Bolivian kid chillin in the …
attack of the cacti!!
attack of the cacti!!
playing around in the salt
playing around in the salt
RIP
RIP
Bolivian Altiplano
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