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Bolivia – Salar de Uyuni

We started our tour of Salar de Uyuni, in Uyuni, a little town that does not have much to do except start the tour. Bolivians love a protest, in the town there were some burnt tyres and the buildings were bricked up.

Bolivia Uyuni Town

The tour was 3 days and 2 nights, 6 of us in a Toyota Land Cruiser, through the salt flats and the desert to the Chilean border.

First stop on the tour, the train cemetery. There was a railway that went to the Pacific Ocean, Bolivia didn’t want to rely on coal, so they stopped using the steam trains and moved to diesel, hence it’s now a graveyard.

Bolivia Uyuni Train Graveyard

The salt piles on the flats are man made. They pile the salt up so that it dries on the top, then they can eat it, after some processing of course. This is done manually as it is only for domestic consumption, they no longer export the salt.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats

It is the worlds largest salt flat, 12,106 sq km at 3653m. Just blue sky, white ground and me.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats Becks

Cactus island in the middle of the salt flat.

Bolivia Uyuni Cactus Island

Flat white sea of hexagonal salt tiles.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats

You can take some funny photos as it is big and flat, which gives good perspective.

I am a giant and crushing Andy.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats Crush

We are tiny and cannot open the wine.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats Wine

Train track to Chile. This runs 4 times a week and mainly for freight.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats Train


Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats

Another lake in the salt flats.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats

There are some great sand dunes that we drove up.

Bolivia Uyuni Salt Flats Dune

Rock tree, eroded by the wind.

Bolivia Uyuni Rock Tree

Flamingoes in Lagoon Colorada.

Bolivia Uyuni Flamingoes

Sol de Mañana geyser basin.

Bolivia Uyuni Geysers

Plus added video as the sound was pretty loud.

Hot springs where we stayed the 2nd night, it was amazing sitting in the hot springs after dinner stargazing.

Bolivia Uyuni Hot Spring

Green Lagoon.

Bolivia Uyuni Laguna Verde

From the salt flats we headed through immigration to Chile. It was the easiest, friendliest immigration we have been through.

Bolivia Uyuni Chile Border

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