So this blog will incorporate Day 2 and 3 of my Bolivian Adventure.
Day 2 was quite a quiet day, we visited some more lakes, and the Stone Tree (Arbol de Piedra). It was a slow day, travelling through the mountains telling stories, finding out information from our guide Andres and generally decreasing in altitude – a relief to everyone (no pun intended).
We crossed the train tracks of the Bolvia-Chile trainline. Unfortunately for us the train only carries freight cargo now, but here is a photo nonetheless:
As we started our descent we heading to our hostel, right next to the Salt Flats. The hostel, amazingly, was made out of Salt. No electricity, no drinks allowed in the rooms (for fear of spillage!). When I say the hostel is made out of salt, is LITERALLY ALL SALT, apart from the mattresses etc.
We had a good dinner and a game of cards and then headed to bed, as we had a very early start the next day.
Oh I should add that we purchased a trip mascot, his name is Lionel, and he is a Lion.
Day 3. Very early start. We headed to the Salt Flats in pitch black. The first 20 minutes were pretty boring, just driving through the salt, then we hit the water. At this point Andres put his CD on, a mix of Boney M and other 70s and 80s hits. The water with the sunrise was THE most spectacular thing I have ever seen.
We were told that the water on the salt flat was there because it rained 2 months ago. Another bit of information, when there is water on the flats, it becomes the biggest mirror in the world!
Naturally with this spare time we decided to take some silly photographs. Here is my particular favourite:
After playing in the water we set off once again to head to our destination. The Isla de Pescados (Isle of Fish) and the Salt Flats.
The Isla de Pescados houses a huge amount of Cacti – something I am very fond of. Here is a picture of a few examples with the salt flats in the background:
After a lovely breakfast of Pancakes, made by Andres, we headed to the more empty section of the Salt Flats so we can do the very touristy thing of taking photographs without perspective. The Salt Flats contain 10000km3 of Salt, that is a LOT.
Here is a photograph of one of these perspective photos:
and one of Ed (and Lionel) and I (deliberately silly pose from me):
After the fun of the Salt Flats we headed towards Uyuni – the end of our trip.
The 3 day trip to Uyuni was worth every penny. It was a fairly expensive trip, and I am going to struggle in the last few days of my trip with money, but, this really was a once in a lifetime experience, and one that I will always remember.
Next stop La Paz and some serious English-ness!