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  • Day198

    Le Salar de Uyuni : jour 4

    November 27, 2017 in Bolivia

    C'est le jour J ! Le réveil à 4h30 pique un peu mais on rechigne pas vu ce qui nous attend. On grimpe en voiture et on file sur le Salar dans la pénombre de l'aurore. On voit les premières lueurs du soleil pointer quand nous arrivons sur l'île peuplée de cactus et perdue au milieu de ce désert de sel. On grimpe en vitesse pour pouvoir admirer le lever du soleil sur le Salar avec une vue à 360° : MAGIQUE !!!! On reste presque une heure à prendre des photos et à profiter de ce moment unique, puis on redescend prendre le p'tit dej au pied de l'île.

    De là on va se perdre au milieu du Salar pour prendre nos photos rigolotes. On se marre bien quelques heures et Anselmo nous aide beaucoup dans les idées.

    Quand nous en avons assez, nous mettons le cap sur le seul hôtel de sel à l'intérieur du Salar qui contient des sculptures pour le Dakar et l'île au drapeaux. Ceci sonne la fin du Salar... nous filons sur Uyuni.

    La ville est laide et poussiéreuse. Dernier arrêt au cimetière de train. Pas exceptionnel mais surprenant dans ce décor. Et c'est le moment le plus difficile pour nous quatre... les au revoir... car pour bien continuer notre périple il nous faut rentrer avec Anselmo et Hector sur Tupiza. C'est la gorge serrée et les yeux humides que nous nous quittons après le déjeuner. On a passé 5 jours fabuleux ensemble qui resteront gravés et qui clôturent parfaitement bien ce séjour enchanteur de 49 jours en Bolivie. Demain on passe en Argentine !
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  • Day15

    Sonnenuntergang in der Salzwüste

    December 7, 2017 in Bolivia

    Als die Sonne langsam weiter unterging, fuhren wir weiter in die Salzwüste rein um uns den Sonnenuntergang auf ebener Fläche anzugucken. Durch die flache Landschaft ist es am Abend ziemlich windig und kalt in der Wüste. Dennoch konnten wir einen tollen Sonnenuntergang bewundern.

  • Day70

    Bolivien - Salar de Uyuni

    September 9 in Bolivia

    Nach einem kurzen Zwischenstopp in der wunderschönen Stadt „Sucre“ ging es weiter nach „Uyuni“ um von dort aus die berühmte Salzwüste „Salar de Uyuni“ innerhalb einer 3 Tagestour zu erkunden. Ziel der Tour ist „San Pedro de Atacama“ in Chile.

    Boliviens Salar de Uyuni zählt zu den extremsten und unvergesslichsten Naturereignissen in ganz Südamerika, manche behaupten sogar der ganzen Welt. Die Salar de Uyuni erstreckt sich über mehr als 4.000 Quadratkilometer und ist die größte Salzwüste der Welt. Die dicke Salzkruste, gezeichnet durch polygonale Muster, erstreckt sich bis zum Horizont und lässt die Wüste unendlich erscheinen.

    Vor etwa 40.000 Jahren war das Gebiet Teil des Lake Minchin, eines riesigen prähistorischen Sees. Als der See austrocknete hinterließ er zwei moderne Seen, Poopó und Uru Uru, und es entstanden zwei große Salzwüsten, Salar de Coipasa und die größere Salar de Uyuni. Die Uyuni Salt Flats enthalten schätzungsweise 10 Milliarden Tonnen Salz von denen jährlich weniger als 25.000 Tonnen gewonnen werden.

    Einer der Höhepunkte von Salar de Uyuni ist der endlose Horizont, der es Fotografen ermöglicht mit der Perspektive zu spielen. So haben auch wir uns auf Kämpfe mit Dinosauriern eingelassen, Yoga auf Weinflaschen praktiziert und Salsa in eine Pringlesdose getanzt.

    Die Isla del Pescado (Fischinsel) welche die Form eines Fisches aufweist und voll besiedelt ist von riesigen Kakteen befindet sich mitten in der Salzwüste und ist das einzige Lebenszeichen weit und breit.

    Weitere Highlights der Tour sind z.B. das Coral Valley, Laguna Canapa und Laguna Hedionda mit ihren zahlreichen Flamingos, Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde, Geysire und heiße Quellen.
    Jeder einzelne Spot hat seinen ganz eigenen Charme und ist unbeschreiblich schön. In nur 3 Tagen hat sich die Landschaft so enorm verändert, dass man kaum dazu kam mal tief durchzuatmen und alles auf sich wirken zu lassen.
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  • Day48

    Day 1 - Salar de Uyuni Tour

    May 20, 2017 in Bolivia

    We were the first picked up from our hostel at 7:15am and after we picked up our fellow comrades we headed to border control to get stamped out of Chile before we could cross over into Bolivia. There were hoards of people queuing to get their passports stamped and some people appeared to be getting interrogated. Fortunately our group sailed through so we didn't have to hang around for ages.

    Our driver then got into the van, told us to wait and drove off. We all looked at each other and were slightly concerned as to what was going on as all of our bags were in the van but then as if by magic he appeared behind us and was setting up a picnic table so we could all have breakfast. Breakfast consisted of fresh baguettes, 2 types of cheese, avocado, salami, cookies, cake, bananas and coffee which was amazing.

    There were 9 of us in total, 2 couples from Germany; Carolina and Flo and Julia and Stefan, 2 lads from the Lake District, Jordan and Nick and one man from New Zealand called Robert.

    After our picnic breakfast we left Uyuni and headed over the border to Bolivia. Waiting at the border for us were 2 4x4's at which point we were split into 2 groups. We were put with Nick, Jordan and Robert and introduced to our tour guide / driver, Ruben.

    Before we could head off we needed to get our passports stamped by the Bolivian border police. The border is around 4000m above sea level so just walking to the office to get our passport stamped left us out of breath. It was also very windy and bloomin freezing (the coldest day of the year so far apparently)!

    After we got the technicalities out of the way, we jumped into our jeep and headed off to our first stop on the tour. Ruben spoke very little English and between the 5 of us we spoke very little Spanish so we weren't entirely sure how the next 3 days were going to go!

    Our first stop was Laguna Blanca, a gorgeous icy lagoon where we stopped for some pictures. We then headed off to Laguna Verde, a beautiful green lagoon. Ruben explained a little bit about each lagoon and between us we managed to get the general gist of what he was saying.

    After the lagoon we headed to the August Termales (hot springs) for lunch. Ruben pointed out some vicunias (we are still not sure what these are but they look a little bit like deer) and let us stop to take some pictures. Ruben then continued to shout "vicunias" every time he spotted them for the rest of the day!

    It was so cold that it took some deliberation as to whether We were actually going to get in the hot springs. The thought of taking all our clothes off and walking outside to the hot spring in the freezing cold was not very appealing. We did it though and it was like sitting in a really hot bath. Around us we could see the volcanos (names of which I've forgotten) and despite sharing this view with around 20 other backpackers in the small hot spring it was lovely. The next challenge was to get out of the pool and get changed in the outside changing room before catching hypothermia.

    Once we were changed we joined the Germans in the other 4x4 and sat down for a yummy lunch of salad, smash, hot dogs and a chicken and vegetable type dish. We were now at around 4400m and some of our group were starting to feel the effects of altitude sickness with headaches and dizziness. Me and Simon however where smashing the altitude! I felt fine, just a bit out of breath when I did anything and Simon had a small headache.

    After lunch we went to see the Géiser Sol de Mañana which was pretty cool, followed by Laguna Colorada, a red lake. There are usually lots of flamingos here but Ruben advised us that it was "mucho friyo" for them so they weren't out which was a bit of a shame. He also explained that the minerals in the water that made it red, also made the flamingos pink (we think that's what he was saying anyway).

    We then headed off on the hour and a half journey to our hostel. Nothing could have prepared us for the cold, concrete abode that was awaiting us! It was freezing! We sat inside with all of our clothes on, including hats and gloves shivering. We were relived when Ruben told us that coffee would be arriving in 15 minutes but in those temperatures water doesn't stay warm for long so the luke warm coffee didn't warm us up like we had hoped.

    For dinner, we had some vegetable soup, followed by a spaghetti and tomato sauce dish. For dessert we had half a tinned peach. Ruben then came in and asked if we wanted a sleeping bag to which we all said yes! The driver for the other half of our group (the Germans) got hot water bottles as well! Unfortunately Ruben didn't have any hot water bottles for us so we went to bed at 8:30 in the hope that maybe it would be warmer in there. I can tell you now it wasn't! We somehow managed to luck out with a double bed despite being told previously that we would be in 5/6 bed dorms but in hindsight perhaps some extra body heat would have helped. Despite sleeping in my thermals, a cardigan and fluffy socks, inside a sleeping bag liner in a sleeping bag under a sheet, 2 blankets and a thick quilt I was still freezing! You can imagine how annoyed I was as well when I woke up in the middle of the night needing a wee!
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  • Day314

    Jeep Tour: Salt Flats

    March 23 in Bolivia

    On the final day of our tour we set off at 4:30am and drove to the famous Uyuni salt flats. During February and March the rains cause the salt flats to flood giving it a spectacular mirrored effect. After driving over the flooded parts, we made it to the expansive white salt flats. They are 12,000 square km wide, 70 meters of salt deep, and 98% salt. We had breakfast in an old salt hotel and spent time playing with the perspective on our cameras. It turned out that it is much harder than it looks to get a classic salt flats photo. Covered in salt, we briefly visited a train graveyard before parting ways with our tour group in the tiny town of Uyuni.Read more

  • Day10

    Ein kurzer Flug zum mit 10500 km² größte Salzsee der Welt. Gleißend grell blenden einen die winzigen Kristalle, die soweit das Auge reicht auf der Oberfläche große Sechsecke gebildet haben. Die Salzkruste ist bis 90m dick und kann deshalb mit dem Jeep befahren werden.
    Wie eine Fata Morgana taucht plötzlich die „Isla de Pescado“ (Fischinsel, wegen der Form) oder offiziell „Isla „Incahuasi“ (Insel der Inka) auf. Die Insel besteht aus versteinerten Korallen. Es wächst nicht viel in der Salzwüste, aber die bis zu 10m hohen und über 500 Jahre alten Kakteen die auf der Insel den Bedingungen trotzen, waren während unserer Wanderung toll anzusehen. Ansonsten soweit das Auge reicht nur weiße Wüste, darüber der blaue Himmel und unheimliche Stille. Man fühlt sich wie auf einem anderen Planeten in dieser einmaligen Landschaft.
    Wir dürfen sowohl ein Picknick als auch einen Rotwein zum Sonnenuntergang direkt in der Salzwüste erleben - unvergesslich
    Am Rand der Wüste liegen die schneebedeckten Vulkane, wir übernachten am Fuße eines dieser Riesen, dem "Tanupa" - in einem Hotel komplett aus Salz.
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  • Day77

    Salar de Uyuni

    April 20, 2017 in Bolivia

    Wow. Welcome to Bolivia. It's bloody freezing.

    Arriving in Bolivia could not be more of a contrast to Chile. After leaving Chilean customs and arriving at Bolivian immigration which can pretty much be summed up by 'one man and his dog' manning the border, we put on all of our extra layers as it was absolutely freezing and ate some breakfast.

    We then were separated into groups and got into the 4x4s. My group was great - Helen and Andrea who I got on really well with and were in my hostel in San Pedro, a German guy called Peter and a French couple. Our driver was called Eddy and he was a G.

    The first day we were in the national park, and drove to different lagunas including the white lagoon, the green lagoon and the pink one. We also stopped off at thermal springs and geysers. That night we were staying in a Refugio in the national park. There was no heating or electricity and that night you could hear the wind blowing so loudly and when we woke up it was -20 degrees outside. Some people had really bad nights sleeps because it was so cold, but I wasn't too bad because I had put so many layers on and also had my sleeping bag.

    The next morning we drove to a couple of other places but because it was so cold and the wind was so bad it made getting out of the car for longer than a few minutes really difficult. At one point when we were driving there was a huge sandstorm and you couldn't see anything out of the windows. We ate lunch in Alota and then continued driving through villages (basically ghost towns - it's pretty remote around here) until San Juan.

    That night we stayed in a salt hotel. At first I was really disheartened when I saw the hotel from the outside, because in all honesty it looked like a shack. However, I was surprised as the inside was actually really nice! We were able to have hot showers and charge our phones which was nice. I was in a triple room with Andrea and Helen which was good because it's one of the first times I've managed to sleep without being woken up by snoring! That night we had a really nice dinner and we were also able to use wifi for an hour which was good because I hadn't spoken to Josh for nearly two days.

    The next day we got up at 4.30am to set off in time to see sunrise on the salt flats. The salt flats really exceeded my expectations - they are huge and just as cool in real life. The sunrise was really special, and we all took lots of photos. After we drove to this island where there are loads of big cactuses and good viewpoints. It's weird having to walk uphill and be really out of breathe from the altitude. We also got loads of the typical tourist photos and Eddy was pretty good at coming up with ideas of what we could do. Someone in the other group brought a drone with them and they took loads of cool videos.

    After we went to Colchani market and I bought some tourist souvenirs and also paid 5Bs to get a picture with a baby llama which was so adorable. It tried to kiss me and my heart melted. We had lunch and then went to the train cemetery as the last stop before the end of the tour.

    I was sad the tour was over because I really enjoyed myself. It was nice to be looked after and have all your meals cooked for you. I was also sad to leave Helen and Andrea as we got on so well but they were staying in Uyuni and I was moving on to Potosi with Peter.
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  • Day91

    Nonstop to the south

    January 28 in Bolivia

    Nightbuses are horrible...
    Bjt not this time. It's been like a time machine... get in, sleep, don't wake up, arrive!

    And now in Uyuni (salar de Uyuni), one of our anticipated highlights.
    Why Uyuni? You ask... What's that? You ask? Where is that? You ask...........
    Well see the pics and be astonished and jealous at once.Read more

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