In Uyuni there were so many tour companies to do the salt flat tour with. Someone told us there were 60 and Uyuni is tiny! It was really hard to decide who to go with but eventually we made a decision to go with a company called Cristal as there were loads of travellers booked with them. We set off at 11am on Wednesday and our first stop was about 20 mins down the road at a train cemetry. It was place that just had loads of rusty, old trains that you could climb on and take photos etc. It was in such a beautiful setting as well in the middle of the desert. Unfortunatley I only got photos on my camera and not on my tablet though. Our next stop was our first of the salt flats! It was incredible! We were there for about 15 mins taking photos and trying to be creative with the camera! The setting was once again amazing.Its the biggest salt flats in the world so everywhere you look is just salt flat! It was so blinding as the sun reflected off the salt and me, Will and a couple people in our group got pretty badly sunburnt! My nose still hasnt recovered!
salt flat jumps
We stopped off in the salt flats about 3 more times. We had really run out of ideas for photos after our first stop but every now and then we'd think of something new with our group.
Our last stop of the day was watching the sun set there and it was the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen. The whole area went a tinge of orange as it was setting and then pink once it had set. As soon as the sun went down it turned freezing immediately it was unreal!
sun has set
That night we stayed in a salt hotel.. everything was made of salt and I mean everything! The floor, the walls, the beds, the chairs.. everything! It was really cool and we got a good night sleep there once we had nursed our sunburn!
the salt hotel!
Day 2 was a bit of a disappointment really. We spent most of the day in the jeep and every now and then we would stop to look at a lagoon or something. Although we did see some flamingoes and an active volcano that seperates Chile and Bolivia which was pretty cool and we stopped off at a railway track that takes you from Bolivia to Chile. Sometimes we didn't really know why we stopped haha. That night we stayed in a little hostel next to a lagoon. It was so so cold but the stars were absolutely beautiful. There were so many it was lovely! If it hadn't been so cold you could have star gazed for hours! The next morning we were getting up at 4.30 and leaving at 5am so it was an early night for us!
train tracks to Chile!
So we set off nice and early to see the sunrise at the most amazing spot! There were natural mud pools bubbling away letting off heaps of smoke! I had never seen anything like this before! With the sun rising in the background it was so beautiful but also rediculously cold. We had 2 girls from australia and a couple from brazil in our group and I felt sorry for them! Qt leats being from the UK we're quite used to the cold!
will getting attacked by the smoke
After that fun we were put on a mini bus to San Pedro, Chile and here we are! A lovely little town with lots of stray dogs that seem to be looked after pretty well. Lots of little places to rent bikes so we think we'll get one of those tomorrow and cycle to a natural hot spring! Today we're going to have to find somewhere that's showing the arsenal game.. suprise suprise! Haha!