The Bolivian Altiplano

Leaving Potosi by minibus we drove around 4 hours to Uyuni, the starting place for travellers coming to visit the altiplano and famous salt flats. We grabbed some snacks then loaded up the two 4x4s to embark on our 4 day journey. The first day we had a drive around in the afternoon, visiting a lake surrounded by llamas and lots of jagged rock formations.

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Upon arriving at our hostel in the early evening, we immediately set of to climb a hill across the river, to practice for our upcoming high altitude trek in a couple of days. It was hard going, not on the legs but on the lungs. Bit nervous for this trek as we will go up to 5400m as well going for 2 days of ice climbing after the trek. At the top of the hill we found a plane wing… promising…

The next couple of days we drove around visiting lagoons, volcanoes, geysirs and rocks. The landscapes here are absolutely breathtaking – I don´t know where else in the world you´d find such variety.

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Then this morning we left our salt hostel at 5am to arrive at the salt flats for the sunrise. Just before 7 the sun rose, and the mountains in the distance changed from blue to yellow to a dusky pink. Then we drove on, spending the day trying out perpective shots on the salt flats, playing around with various props our driver gave us. We also stopped at an island covered in cactus.

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Then in the afternoon we visited the train cemetery, clambouring around on their rusty bodies.

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Now we´re sat in Uyuni waiting to catch an overnight bus back to La Paz. Going to be another 12 hour journey but we´re pretty used to it now! Then once we arrive in La Paz we´re packing for our 6 day trek, then leaving at 3am to begin it… wish me luck!

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