Hotel de Sal (Hotel of Salt),
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It wasnâ€™t quite as cold as last night, but I had a really bad cough during the night which woke Marco up, two doors away. When I woke in the morning I wasnâ€™t well (will spare you the details), in addition to the cold and cough. I was also a little concerned as I had developed red spots on my arms and legs, nothing like Iâ€™ve ever had before. Selma would be proud of all my symptoms. I fix some problems with medication from the travel doctorâ€™s kit that I got in Perth. I rest all morning but donâ€™t want to eat, and around 1pm weâ€™re ready to leave. Marco suggests that he gets the community doctor to visit me when we arrive at Hotel de Sal (Hotel of Salt) in Tahua and I agree.
We visit Cueva Galaxia (Galaxy Cave) during the afternoon, which contains hangings similar to stalactites in some ways, but it's not limestone.
The cave was only discovered in 2003 by two local men. Nearby is another cave with pre-Inca skulls and pots etc. Amazingly this is open to the outside and no-one has stolen anything. We donâ€™t have time to visit Isla Pescado because of the late start.
We drive across part of the salt plain (salar de Uyunu) before arriving at the Hotel de Sal, which is made largely of salt, including chairs, table, bed bases etc.
On arrival Marco isnâ€™t happy when Iâ€™m shown to my room; I work this out, although theyâ€™re speaking very fast Spanish. He wants somewhere warmer for me.
The dining room is cold and the fire smoking, however I eat a small dinner, keeping Marco company.