The jeep got stuck

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When all was well with the jeep :o)

Well after paying a bit extra for our trip as we thought we'd get a better service....our jeep, which turned out not to have 4 wheel drive and not to have an experienced driver by the looks of things got stuck and then lost in the salt plains.  Believe me, this is not a place you want to be out in at night as it gets VERY COLD!!!   We had every intention of complaining and demanding money back, but what with travelling on to Santiago, then Oz etc, we kinda let it slip.  A tip if you are reading this and intending to go...A jeep takes 7 people comfortably and 8 uncomfortably (as was the case with us).  Make sure you count the driver and the cook in that number.  Oh and llama meat doesn't seem to keep very well, so avoid it if it's on the menu later on in the trip....and take several litres personal supply of water even if they supply some...you'll need it.

Anyway, having looked through the photos again, 9 months after the event I remember that apart from the poor logistics and dodgy salted llama lasagne, it was actually pretty cool.  The scenery was amazing.  The coloured salt lakes didn't exactly blow us away, but there was plenty of other stuff out there.  We certainly took plenty of photos!  Check out the selection.  From two cameras so the order may be slightly out.

TalanandKara says:
To actually get help, I had to run about 500m to the 'road' and beg another jeep to help us. Just a touch of competition going on, so they're not so willing to help each other.
Posted on: Aug 01, 2010
sylviandavid says:
excellent advice..... I love your salt HELP... sylvia
Posted on: Feb 02, 2010
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When all was well with the jeep :o)
When all was well with the jeep :o)
A little while later, when all was…
A little while later, when all wa…
While we wondering how we were goi…
While we wondering how we were go…
After help arrives in the form of …
After help arrives in the form of…
Yay, the jeep is free and in the n…
Yay, the jeep is free and in the …
The main line between Bolivia & Ch…
The main line between Bolivia & C…
Piles of what looked like volcanic…
Piles of what looked like volcani…
Flamingos
Flamingos
Flamingos
Flamingos
Green lake?
Green lake?
Vicuna; of the same genus as llama…
Vicuna; of the same genus as llam…
Vizcacha, a wild rabbit
Vizcacha, a wild rabbit
...a hefty brute
...a hefty brute
bizarre free standing rock formati…
bizarre free standing rock format…
House made of salt
House made of salt
Standing on a big pile of chip fla…
Standing on a big pile of chip fl…
Not a sewerage run off, but in fac…
Not a sewerage run off, but in fa…
Poor attempt at perspective photog…
Poor attempt at perspective photo…
Cactus island!  What would have be…
Cactus island! What would have b…
Rather large cacti
Rather large cacti
Ouch!
Ouch!
Cool doors made out of cactus
Cool doors made out of cactus
Naturally occurring salt hexagons…
Naturally occurring salt 'hexagon…
8 minutes after the jeep waa rescu…
8 minutes after the jeep waa resc…
Weird desert vegetation clinging t…
Weird desert vegetation clinging …
Volcano in the distance
Volcano in the distance
Desert fox - we didnt feed it, bu…
Desert fox - we didn't feed it, b…
Blue/green lake?
Blue/green lake?
One of the salt lakes
One of the salt lakes
red lake
red lake
Thermal vent in b&w
Thermal vent in b&w
Thermal vent at some v.early hour …
Thermal vent at some v.early hour…
No safety barriers round here
No safety barriers round here
moonscape
moonscape
The team
The team
Salar de Uyuni
photo by: Morle