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  • Day314

    Jeep Tour: Salt Flats

    March 23 in Bolivia

    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 perspective on our cameras. It turned out that it is much harder than it looks to get a ‘classic salt flat’ 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

  • 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.

  • Day120

    Wir hatten schon von vielen Reisenden gehört, dass es sich lohnt eine der geführten Jeep-Touren in die Salzwüste bei Uyuni zu machen. Also haben wir nicht lang gefackelt, ein paar Agenturen verglichen und eine 3 Tagestour gebucht. Diese fanden wir mit 100€ für Vollverpflegung, 2 Übernachtungen und nur 6 Personen im Jeep äußerst günstig. Und es wurde noch schöner, als wir dachten! Vom Friedhof der ehemaligen Salztransportzüge ging es in die Salzwüste. Unendliche weiße Weiten, nur unterbrochen von anderen Jeeps und einigen Inseln aus Gestein. Wir hatten Glück zur Trockenzeit zu reisen, so konnten wir die Wüste komplett durchqueren und auch aussteigen und auf dem trockenen Salz spazieren. Der Hintergrund eignet sich hervorragend für Blödelfotos, da die Kamera keinen Fernpunkt zum Fokussieren findet. Ein sehr schöner erster Tag endete in einer bitterkalten Unterkunft, deren Wände mit Salz verkleidet waren.Read more

  • 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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  • Day49

    Tour Uyuni 3

    April 5 in Bolivia

    Salar d'Uyuni
    Incahuasi
    Museo de Sal
    Dakar monument
    Cimetière de trains

    Troisième et dernier jour du tour. Le plus attendu. Aujourd'hui je vais enfin voir le tant attendu salar d'Uyuni.
    Réveil très matinal pour assister au lever du soleil. Alors que nous entrons dans le salar, une partie du ciel commence à changer de couleur. Durant les premiers kilomètres, le dégradé jaune-orange-rouge-bleu se reflète sur le sel recouvert d'eau. Les monts, à "contre-jour", et leurs symétries, créent des formes noires en apesanteur au milieu de tableau.
    Plutôt que de voir le levé du soleil avec cet effet miroir, nous suivons les conseils du guide qui ne nous a jamais déçu. Nous quittons l'effet miroir et rentrons plus à l'intérieur du salar. Après une trentaine de minutes de route, le soleil est sur le point de montrer le bout de son nez. Nous nous arrêtons en plein milieu du désert. Personne à l'horizon. Seulement nous sept, le 4x4 et le sel.
    Progressivement, le bleu foncé du ciel s'éclaircit et vire au violet . Si les montagnes à " contre-jour " demeurent noires, celles à l'opposé s'habillent de couleurs uniques l'espace de quelques secondes.
    Puis, il apparaît enfin. Les premiers rayons, réfléchis par le blanc immaculé du sel, sont éblouissant. Mais nul ne peut s'empêcher de maintenir le regard.
    En l'espace de quelques instants, tout ce qui est à porté de nos yeux s'illumine. L'étendu du salar est tellement grande et plane que nous ne pouvons en distinguer les limites. Seuls quelques montagnes, à des kilomètres, nous rappellent que le désert de sel n'est pas infini.
    Je ne sais combien de temps s'est écoulé entre l'entrée dans le salar et la décision de nous déplacer à nouveau. Mon cerveau s'est déconnecté...
    Après avoir bien profiter, nous avons pris le petit déjeuner à côté de l'ile au cactus. En plein milieu du désert, ce mont de terre recouvert de cactus semble avoir été déposé là pour rappeler l'existence de la vie hors du salar.
    Le reste de la matinée, nous le passons dans le désert. Tantôt sec et blanc, tantôt humide et bleu, il continue à nous surprendre. Nous ne retrouverons malheureusement pas un effet miroir aussi marqué qu'en entrant dans le salar.
    Aux alentours de midi, nous découvrons le monument dédié au Paris-Dakar. Non loin de là, des dizaines de drapeaux flottes dans le vent. Sur tout ceux là, pas de Made in Jura, de France-Comté, de France, de l'île Maurice ou de Kabylie... Si j'avais su... Il faudra revenir !
    Après un dernier repas au milieu du sel, le tour s'achève dans le grand cimetière de train d'Uyuni.
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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!
    TIME MACHINE BAAABYYY

    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.

  • Day4

    Größte Salzwüste der Welt

    July 3, 2017 in Bolivia

    Angekommen in Uyuni. Salar de Uyuni ist mit 12.000 km2 die größte Salzwüste der Welt. Enstanden vor Tausenden von Jahren durch einen eingeschlossen Ozean. In der Salzwüste herrschen extreme Temperaturunterschiede. So kann es sein, dass es tagsüber 20 Grad hat und nachts die Temperaturen auf minus 30 Grad sinken können.
    Zum Glück war es bei uns nicht so kalt aber wir hatten trotzdem Temperaturen nachts um den Gefrierpunkt (das Wasser in unserm Truck ist eingefroren und es hat etwas gedauert bis er angesprungen ist).
    Mit mehreren Geländefahrzeugen ging es am nächsten Tag zur Salar de Uyuni. Davor haben wir Stopp bei dem Zugfriedhof gemacht. Im 20. Jahrhundert haben die Briten dort Eisenbahngleise gebaut um dort das Salz einfacher transportierten zu können. Auch die Züge kamen von Britannien. Ging ein Zug kaputt hat man ihn einfach neben die Gleise gestellt und so haben sich im Laufe der Zeit sehr viele Züge und Teile dort angesammelt.

    Die Salar de Uyuni ist wirklich spektakulär und einzigartig. So eine Landschaft habe ich noch nie gesehen und es ist beeindruckend, dass man einfach kein Ende sieht.

    Mittag hatten wir auf der Fischinsel. Eine Insel mitten im Salzsee. Dort wachsen eigentlich nur Kakteen und einige davon zählen mit 1.200 Jahren zu den ältesten des Landes.
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  • Day56

    Salar de Uyuni

    September 25, 2017 in Bolivia

    Am dritte Tag vo üsere Tour si mr am Morge früeh am 5.00 bi üsem Salzhotel losgfahre um
    de Sunneufgang uf de gröste Salzwüesti vor Wält zgseh. Wunderschön u ziemlich surreal da. E riisigi Flächi, wo fascht nur us Salz bestaht. Nume ei Insle, voll vo Kaktee, staht zmizt inne. Gott esch ja scho kreativ 😀! Was me sösch na so aues ufem Salar cha mache gseiht dr uf de Föteli😉...

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