When you are in Bolivia, you can’t miss the opportunity to go to the salt flats, which are in the southwestern corner of the country. I went earlier with week with a buddy from school, and here is a glimpse at the three day tour…
Just outside of Uyuni is the train graveyard, everyone’s first stop.
At the edge of the salt flats, you can stop to take pictures on the mounds of salt that are ready to be picked up by the local villages for further processing.
Driving a little bit farther, you reach the middle of the salt flats, with miles and miles of salt all around you.
And of course everyone knows you have to take funny perspective pictures when you are in the middle of the Salt Flats!
A lot of people bring props to take pictures with, like this polar bear for example :)
A little further into the Salar you’ll find the Isla de Pescado, which is covered in cacti. You can hike up for great views of the salt flats.
Of course everyone is pumped to stay in the Hotel de Sal, which is constructed almost entirely of salt! And don’t you fret, even though you are in the middle of nowhere they have plenty of snacks and alcohol to sell to the tourists :)
After a delicious 7:00am breakfast, we were on the road again.
Quick stop to take some pictures on the train track heading from Bolivia to Chile.
Stop to take some pictures with Volcán Ollague in the background, a huge volcano (19,000+ feet) in the Andes mountains on the border of Chile and Bolivia.
Lunch comes when you stop at the Laguna Cañapa, which has beautiful reflections and a few flamingos scattered around.
If you turn around from the Laguna Cañapa, you have this amazing view and may even see a few of the Guanacos hanging around.
Next you head to the Laguna Hedionda, which was the best spot for us to see Flamingos - they were everywhere! But it was super windy and cold, so I quickly got back in our car after snapping a few shots.
After those lagoons, you head into the desert and eventually get to the Arbol de Piedra, or tree of rock. There are a lot more than just this rock, but this is the most commonly photographed one.
The last stop of Day 2 is the Laguna Colorada, which has some fantastic views and lots of flamingos. But because of the altitude and it being winter, it was so incredibly cold. Most of us went to bed around 8:30 just so we could bundle up in our blankets and sleeping bags.
It’s a long day back to Uyuni, so you have to get up at 5:00am to have time for the journey. It was absolutely freezing - like, miserably cold.
You get to see some geysers, but I was too cold to really enjoy them that much. I just wanted to keep moving because I knew what was up next…
Warmth! The Aguas Termales. There is no way to describe how amazing these thermal pools felt after that cold morning, but it was absolutely amazing. We sat in those pools for a good hour before we had to get going.
The Laguna Verde wasn’t really green when we were there, but beautiful nonetheless!
At the Chilean border, a lot of people choose to go into Chile instead of returning to Uyuni, so we said goodbye to some of the people in our group. From there it was about 7 hours back to Uyuni, with a few stops and lunch in between. All in all, it was an amazing three days in one of the most beautiful areas of the world I have seen!