Bolivia - Salar De Uyuni

So we know it’s been a while since our last post from La Paz and that’s because we have been taking a break.  We decided to rent an apartment with a pool in Santa Cruz, Bolivia and relax and enjoy the sunshine while working on our online business.  Truthfully traveling can get a bit exhausting at times when you are continually moving around and on the go all the time so we decided to slow it right down unpack our backpacks for a few weeks and settle in.  We got accustomed to walking halfway across busy streets while playing “frogger” (aka dodging traffic everywhere we went), stopping at tiny pop-up “tiendas” (shops) on the corners of streets to purchase water or loafs of bread and having BBQ’s or asadas with our neighbors and landlords.  It was exactly what we needed before we started making our way towards Uyuni and then into Chile.

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Salar De Uyuni

Salar De Uyuni is the worlds largest salt flat and probably the biggest tourist attraction in Bolivia.  There are many ways (and many many tour companies) that offer different options to view the salt flats.  The most common are the 1 day tours and the 3 day tours that take you all the way to the Chilean Border to get you to San Pedro De Atacama, Chile.  Even though our next stop after Uyuni was Chile, we chose to do the 1 day tour with Brisa Tours because we found the 3 day tours to be a little long and drawn out.  It is a lot of driving in a 4x4 with the hopes that you get a good driver and a good vehicle while staying overnight in a somewhat less than desirable, not to mention freezing cold accommodation.  With Brisa Tours they took us to see everything we wanted all in 1 day.

We left at 10am with 4 other passengers and a driver all packed into our 4x4.  Our first stop was the train cemetery which truly was the spot where trains came to die. 

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After exploring around the old locomotives we took off for our second stop, Colchani, which was a small town which survives solely on the sale of arts and crafts to tourists.  Once everyone had purchased their knickknacks and props for the salt flats we took off for the main attraction- the miles and miles of crystal bright white salt.  From all that our eyes could see was a desert of white topped with clear blue skies.  The contrast of the two was stunning to admire. 

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We spent a good amount of time playing with dinosaurs (see photos) and other props to take all the perspective photos we could dream up.  We had a great time goofing around taking these action shots and videos before we headed off to our final destination. 

The last stop, the one I was most looking forward to, was the area that was still covered in water.  Given that it was now dry season not every tour would take you to this area which is really unfortunate as it is truly incredible to see.  The water actually makes the surface become one large mirror, reflecting images of everything it sees. 

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And as if it couldn’t get better than that- the sun was setting as we were taking these shots which made for an absolutely incredible experience. 

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Both Piet and I just took some time to really look around and take it all in because before you know it the sun goes down and the darkness (and cold) hits quickly.

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This was definitely one of our bucket list items for South America that we have happily crossed off with a big smile on our faces. :)