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 5:30 wake up sees at some geysers as the sun rises

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.

Then a bit of a decision to make, do we jump in the fantastic hot spring and hence deal with getting out wet in to freezing cold air ?
  Suffice to say everyone kept as much of their body in the water as they could because the air is freezing!  After getting out and using my poncho as a towel and a changing room, essentially changing in the foyer of the building since that was all that was available in the short timeframe before I froze to death! After this I hung my swimmers over the back of the truck to go inside an have breakfast, upon returning outside not more than 30 minutes later, icicles had formed on my swimmers! Did I mention it was cold ?

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.

My swimmers and their icicles after drying for about 20 minutes
  Around here we dropped Xavier off at the Chilean border, I hope he made his way to where he needed to.

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.

Quite a nice location for hot springs really

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 :)

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A 5:30 wake up sees at some geyser…
A 5:30 wake up sees at some geyse…
Then a bit of a decision to make, …
Then a bit of a decision to make,…
My swimmers and their icicles afte…
My swimmers and their icicles aft…
Quite a nice location for hot spri…
Quite a nice location for hot spr…
These might of been the Salvador D…
These might of been the Salvador …
Laguna Verde is a nice turqouise, …
Laguna Verde is a nice turqouise,…
These could be Salvador Dali rocks…
These could be Salvador Dali rock…
Emma and Louisa enjoying some jeep…
Emma and Louisa enjoying some jee…
The group shot
The group shot
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