The incredible Salt Flats of Bolivia
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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.
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.
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!