It was time to head to Bolivia’s biggest attraction, Salar de Uyuni (The Salt flats)! We arrived in the desert town of Uyuni and found the only other Gringos on the bus plus one Colombian and instantly made friends with them. None of us had anywhere to stay so we wandered around looking for a place to sleep. When I say we wander around I mean Cesar (the Colombian) took off and we all followed him (finally a person that could speak spanish!). We found a really cheap hospidaje that was a couple dollars a night. We then set off to book a tour to the salt flats. Amy, Adam, Steven, Kirst and I may have got distracted on the way to book the tour at a pub where we settled in to have some beers. Thankfully Cesar (who doesn’t drink….) set off and organised a great 3 day 2 night tour for us. Amy, Adam and Steven only wanted to do a 1 day tour so sadly they weren’t on our tour.
We set off on our tour really early the next day. We had to be sneaky about it as there was a protest going on in Uyuni and if they saw people working they would have been in big trouble (not really sure what would have happened but we just did as we were told). Our group consisted of Cesar, Kirsten, Me, Pedro (a guy we had actually met in Potosi and was on our mine tour), Tarun and Tina. We piled into our 4×4 and off we went. 1st stop was a train grave yard that was just a big area with lots of old trains. It was pretty cool and you got to climb all over them. It was then back into the car and off to the Salt Flats. They are pretty impressive. All you can see is white!! After lunch we headed to Isla de Pescado (Fish Island) which is a rocky hill in the middle of the Salar that is covered in Cacti. We climbed to the top of the hill (with a lot of protesting from me. You try climbing a hill at 3,565m! Yes I am blaming altitude and not my fitness….) and had an awesome view over the whole Salar. We then took a few typical Salar photos but thought we would save it for the next day. Little did we know that this was our only day on the salt flats as our tour guide didn’t speak English and our translators (Cesar and Pedro) did not think to ask. That night we got to stay in a Salt hotel. From the outside it looked like a bit of a shack but inside it was pretty cool with beds and tables made of salt bricks and the floor was covered in salt. That night we had an awesome night of watch the stars and drinking wine.
The next 2 days were spent bouncing around in a hot and dusty car with ears that I could not pop!! I was soooo uncomfortable! Next Tip: If you are going to do the 3 day tour DEF wear a sports bra!! We did get to see a lake full of flamingos which were awesome and a few other lakes that were different colours but if anyone was to ask me I would say just do a 2 day 1 night tour. Thankfully the people we were with were awesome and made it fun!