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Bolivia - Salt Flat Tour

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Setting off from San Pedro De Atacama in Chile we quickly reached an altitude of 4000m within half an hour and arrived at the Bolivian border crossing. It was quite the introduction to Bolivia. A small building in the middle of desert, with a burnt out bus lying next to it!

After some tasty breakie on the side of the road we entered the national park and visited Laguna Blanca (white), Laguna Verde (green) and Laguna Colorado which was a startling red colour and filled with pink flamingoes! We also stopped off at a natural hot spring where we had a dip and took in the spectacular scenery.. Then we had an introduction to the first Geysers we have ever seen...hot pools of mud and steam spitting up into the air. Hitting the highest point of the tour just under 5000m we were all back in the 4 wheel drive pretty quickly as the smell of sulphur spurting out of the Geysers was pretty overwhelming.

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After filling up on some coca tea and tasty brekkie there was an improvement to our altitude-induced headaches, we headed off on day 2 of the tour. Good company and a cautious driver set us in good stead for a day of driving in our 4 wheel drive. We saw desert, mountains, a few more lagoons and Valles de Rocas...with thousands of year old lava deposits sprawled out across the valley. Tonight we had an interesting homestay in a village, with dinner and lots of card playing!

Last day and we headed straight to the Train Cemetry outside the town of Uyuni. Great old train wrecks left to rust away! Then it was onto the finale...the Salar de Uyuni the world´s largest salt flat! Amazing crisp whiteness stretching out as far as the eye can see...not comparisable to anything we´ve seen before! After lots of fun group pics we finished up pour tour with lunch in one of the Salt Hotels, which made completely of salt, bricks and all!

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 17:00 Archived in Bolivia

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