First day in Bolivia, Ojo de Perdiz
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Please note that I've had to say that I'm in Uyuni, when I'm not. The map/site hasn't heard of the Salar de Uyuni in this location. When I say that I'm in Uyuni, either in the journal entry or as a caption for a photo, that's when I'm in Uyuni!
Was to be picked up at nine so went to breakfast around ¼ to 8. Hadn’t packed. At 8 two guys came to pick me up; great confusion, they weren’t from Fremen Tours. Apparently some Chilean company takes you to the border and before you reach the border you get the exit stamp on your passport. A few minutes later you arrive at the border and there you go through Bolivian customs, all very casual. So I’d been told that I was to be picked up at 9 at the hotel, but they’d really meant the border. Anyway everyone was very nice and I met Marco the guide and Cecilio the driver, who were to be my company for the next five days.
First we visited the Laguna Verde (Green Lagoon) which is at its greenest when the wind is blowing. This because there is arsenic at the bottom and I gather this moves the water and therefore the arsenic, thus the green colour.
We stopped for lunch at the thermal springs; Thermas de Polques, which were around 35° and I dipped my hand in but others were bathing. I wasn’t allowed to do anything; Marco got the lunch out and tidied up afterwards. I described my legs as “jelly” legs to Marco, who thought this was funny.
After lunch we stopped at Sol de Manana, geysers. Best to let the pics do the talking. I can’t remember when I last saw geysers, but they were quite spectacular; and all the boiling mud. One poolwas red because of iron in the water.
Later we went to Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon) which is red because of the colour of the algae that grows there. The flamingos that eat the algae are coloured pink as a result. We also visited the Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree).
That night we stayed at Hotel de Desierto (desert) in what appeared to be in the middle of nowhere.
There is no electricity at the Tayka hotels. The hot water runs off solar energy and they turn on the generator between around 6 pm until around 10 pm so that’s when I charge my batteries and the laptop.
There was a gas heater in the room, but not as effective as the ones I know, or perhaps it was just the cold. But the bed was very comfortable and they use lovely warm sheets, sort of like an upmarket version of flannelette.
Through Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Travelling with private guide ��" Fremen Tours. (E) www.frementours.com. Telephone 591-4-4259392
Staying at Tayka hotels http://www.uyuni-expeditions.com/dir_en/hotels.html