27.03.2011 - 29.03.2011 25 °C
Starting from SPdA, we embarked on a 3-day tour of the Bolivian salt flats. We managed to get a car between the four of us (us 2, plus Logan and Yael, the Swiss couple). The scenery was stunning, and at times breath-taking (I'm sure the 5000m altitude might have had something to do with it!!). The first two days were spent at various lakes of differing colours - chalk white, emerald-green, blood-red - and at various rock formations which, mainly due to the wind, had been shaped into some funky shapes. We saw the stone tree, elephants, vultures, etc...some of the pictures may require a bit more imagination, but in person they definitely resembled animals! On the second night, we stayed in a tiny town called Alto, and me and some of the other guys ended up playing 5-a-side with some of the locals. After about five minutes, I was seeing double - the altitude really does get to you! We fought gamely, but we lost (did I mention we were playing 10 year olds??!!)
The third day was an early start off to the Salar de Uyuni - the Uyuni Salt flats. Unfortunately, due to the rainy season, half of the flats were flooded to the extent we couldn't visit them, and the remaining half was still fairly waterlogged, meaning we couldn't quite capture the cool perspective photo's that the salt flats are famous for. Still the four of us spent a few hours jumping around, taking photos (whilst retaining our dignity - ask us later and we'll recount some of the more indecent shots we saw taking place!) and admiring the natural beauty of the place. The 3 day trip had been amazing...in fact you could say it was un-Bolivia-ble!
As well as enjoying the natural beauty of the place, it had been great hanging out with the guys on tour, to the extent we decided to change our itinerary and head to Potosi with some of them!