The incredible Salt Flats of Bolivia

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The motley crew ... Me, Maggie, Mariella, Michelle and Sarah

Latin America has got some of the most spectacular scenary i have ever seen.  We arrived into Uyuni after yet another "local, local" bus ride with our bags on the roof, fortunately more gringos than locals and on a route that had you bumping your head on the roof, swallowing your heart in your mouth and praying to any god you could remember the name of just in case! If I was to say Boliva had a transport system that was a little behind the times i think that would be too kind. 

But still, we arrived in one piece to Uyuni, the Ghost Town of Bolivia! Incredible where people will set up home! The town is about 10 blocks square with the market, shops, restaurants and bars all in 3 blocks and then nothing for miles.

Hanging out in Uyuni on the salt flats
  We dumped our bags and went to find ourselves a tour of the salt flats.  We joined forces with Mariella and Sarah, two German girls and so had a merry little group to work with.  We decided to go with Latitude as they had been recommended to Maggie.  So we paid our 550bs (50GBP!) and went for the best pizza in town at Minute Man a rather large bottle of wine to use as inspiration for our photos on the salt flats.

The following morning, not so early but most definately bright we jumped into our 4x4 and ventured into the crazy white dessert that is the salt flats.  We stopped off at the rather strange train cemetary first, apparently it´s just for tourists but it´s a nice place to take pictures none the less.  Then we headed into the 12,000km", 120m deep salt flats that were just immense.

Blowing Maggie away!
  Isla del Pescado is a cactus island and has a Mongos on it, for those who were in La Paz - made me think of you all! A rather strange sight to see in the middle of nowhere.  We then had fun taking pictures in the salt flats.  The illusions are crazy due to the sparseness of the landscape and we spent two hours running, jumping and composing pictures!  That night we stayed in a salt hotel where the electricty lasted for just 3hrs and you had to pay (or not!) for a hot shower.  Fun fun fun!

The next day was spent looking at various beautiful Lagunas with flamingos, some of which are up for a UNESCO listing and nominees for the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World (Colca Canyon still gets my vote!).  Really beautiful places and the second night was spent in what can only be described as a shack but the wine and 6 bodies in close proximity kept us warm!  The 3rd and final morning we woke at 4am in -5 degrees to go out to the geysers for sunrise.  A beautiful way to start the day and really worth it, although at the time not sure we felt it!

So this is where i leave crazy, wonderful, cheap, beautiful Bolivia and head into Chile ... it´s been an adventure!

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The motley crew ... Me, Maggie, Ma…
The motley crew ... Me, Maggie, M…
Hanging out in Uyuni on the salt f…
Hanging out in Uyuni on the salt …
Blowing Maggie away!
Blowing Maggie away!
The incredible salt flats ladies a…
The incredible salt flats ladies …
The train cemetary
The train cemetary
The geysers in the morning.  Minus…
The geysers in the morning. Minu…
100s of Flamingos
100s of Flamingos
Adios Bolivia!
Adios Bolivia!
Nothing for miles
Nothing for miles
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