Salt Flat Tour - Day 3 - End of tour, so a long drive back for a night bus back to La Paz
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A 5 am wake up! We had a quick wander through some geysers in a sleep-addled state as the sun started to peek out from the horizon. At about 6-6:30 we reached a hot springs where we had a BIG decision to make, the lure of hot water after no shower for a couple of days versus the knowledge that you'd have to get out wet in to the freezing cold air afterwards. I can't put words to how cold this feels, but it was a tricky call, however th lure of bathing in the strange landscape won :)
Unfortunately for Emma in her haste to capture the moment she dropped her camera in to the hot springs. Very frustrating at this point in the tour without the chance to yet burn photos to CD, but miraculously the camera came good again once it dried :)
Now the hot water was absolutely beautiful, extremely hot, but really pleasant.
Back in to the jeep and an hour or two drive on was the turquoise lake, Laguna Verde, not quite as spectacular as the red of Laguna colorado but stunning none the less. Apparently this lake is always green as it's colour comes from mineral deposits, not algae like Colorado.
On the back seat today, and learnt the staying power of an iPod battery. I sat in the back splitting an earphone with Louisa, and it managed to last about two thirds of the all day drive back, it's battery was constantly showing a thin red bar so I didn't even want to skip a track to waste power :) I think Louisa was quite amused by the few Australian hip-hop songs I had on there (mostly Hilltop Hoods).
Apparently the french couple had actually booked on a 4 day tour (one day longer than us) but all this meant was they were offered a night in San Cristobal on the way home, but it's only 2 hours short of Uyuni so they just came back with us anyway.
Finally back in Uyuni, and we grabbed a very quick beer (7:30 for an 8:00 bus) with Emma, Louisa and Maria, but I basically had to scull it since I had got a grande when I should have got a poquito :) It wasn't a lovely establishment, with the girls warned that there was a pervert looking in to the girls toilet, nice place! Then we were all on to the night bus, I had offered my sleeping bag to the girls since at least they could both use it. I felt the rough road back to La Paz this time, however I still got about 6 hours sleep :)