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Hotel de Sal

We leave around 10 and walk partway up Volcan Thunupa for a view over the salt flats.  Marco has got the key to an exhibition of pre-Incan mummies in a cave on the way.  Then we go to Isla Incahuasi for lunch.  During the wet season the salt plains become salt lakes, but for now we can drive to the island.  The salt is up to 5 metres deep.  The island is absolutely amazing, with huge cacti up to 1,500 years old.  It is a sanctuary and you have to pay to go there.  As I understand it, registered guides are the only people allowed to take tours there.  After lunch Marco and I walk around the island, about 1 km.

 

We then go to Ojos de Salar (Eyes of the Salar) which is bubbling water, but the water is cold as it comes from only a short distance from the surface.  Then on to Colchani, which is the only community allowed to farm the salt, and finally to Uyuni.

View of Tahua from Hotel de Sal
  I am dropped off at my hotel, Tambo Aymara, and then take a walk around the town.  Riders on the Storm by The Doors is blaring out of speakers at the central plaza.

 

I have arranged to take Marco and Cecilio out for dinner at La Loco (as in locomotive) and we have a pleasant dinner together and finally open the bottle of red that Jaira from Fremen Tours sent me.  The local manager of Fremen is in the restaurant and she rings and I finally speak to Jaira; we have sent each other many emails over the last few weeks.  Jaira is the contact for Fremen Tours in La Paz.  I ring Rachel to let her know that I have arrived safely in Uyuni.  No internet at the hotel and no time to spend in an internet café.  The lights go out in the restaurant and we spend most of the time by candlelight.  We only have the main course and dinner for the three of us comes to 50BOB, AUD7.20.

 

Marco walks me back to the hotel.  Temperature in the lobby is 3°, outside is estimated as -10°, allowing for the wind factor.

Hotel de Sal, Internal courtyard

 

Tambo Aymara room is cold with one tiny heater, far too small for the room and the bed is hard.  But there is electricity and I get to have a hot shower and the people are nice.

Hotel Tambo Aymara US$50 pn. (double room, single occupancy)  http://www.tamboaymara.com.  Telephone 591-2-693227

 

 

pepernoten says:
Marco sounds like a fantastic guide!

I love going to out-of-the-way places and paying incredibly small amounts of money for meals. One time Brian, Nerissa and I had dinner in Krakow which cost about 20 euros for the three of us including drinks and dessert.
Posted on: Jun 12, 2008
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Hotel de Sal
Hotel de Sal
View of Tahua from Hotel de Sal
View of Tahua from Hotel de Sal
Hotel de Sal, Internal courtyard
Hotel de Sal, Internal courtyard
Hotel de Sal, Dining Room
Hotel de Sal, Dining Room
Hotel de Sal, Marco at breakfast
Hotel de Sal, Marco at breakfast
The dog most like Henry
The dog most like Henry
Tahua
Tahua
Farming near Tahua
Farming near Tahua
Salar de Uyuni from part way up Vo…
Salar de Uyuni from part way up V…
Volcan Thunupa, mummies
Volcan Thunupa, mummies
Volcan Thunupa, mummies
Volcan Thunupa, mummies
Volcan Thunupa from Salar de Uyuni
Volcan Thunupa from Salar de Uyuni
On the Salar de Uyuni
On the Salar de Uyuni
Isla Incahuasi
Isla Incahuasi
Isla Incahuasi, note old cacti
Isla Incahuasi, note old cacti
Isla Incahuasi
Isla Incahuasi
Isla Incahuasi, before lunch
Isla Incahuasi, before lunch
Isla Incahuasi, view from lunch ta…
Isla Incahuasi, view from lunch t…
Jeep on Salar de Uyuni
Jeep on Salar de Uyuni
Many jeeps in a line on Salar de U…
Many jeeps in a line on Salar de …
Colchani, mining salt
Colchani, mining salt
Uyuni, main street
Uyuni, main street
Riders in the Storm, Uyuni
Riders in the Storm, Uyuni
Tambo Aymara, bedroom
Tambo Aymara, bedroom
La Loca, Uyuni, Marco, me, Cecilio
La Loca, Uyuni, Marco, me, Cecilio
Uyuni
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