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Salar de Yuyuni

Our 3 day tour of the Bolivian salt plains

all seasons in one day 16 °C

Our last few days in Bolivia were spent on the famous 3 day tour of the mighty Salar de Yuyuni. The tour saw us head from the south of Bolivia through 11,000 sq km of salt flats and desert and into Chile. No need to crack to many funny jokes here as this was one of the highlights of the trip so far.

Day 1 saw us head through the magical salt plains. Thirty odd 4x4 vehicles flying across miles of white flat salt plains. No roads, just choose your own path. Made for some pretty cool photos...

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The first stop on the trip was the train cemetary. The old train line has been down for a while, but the train carcases let us crawl all over them and make for some fun photos.

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Stopped off at a small village and copped a local football match. You will never hear me complain about the standard of the top oval at McKinnon SC again.

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Back in the old Landcruiser and onto the mighty salt flats for some creative pics.

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Next stop was a random island in the middle of nowhere that had heaps of my favourite plants on it...cactus. Cost us bloody $4 to get on the island, but it was worth it as i was a little average feeling and used the toilet 3 times.

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The first night we slept in a hotel completely made from salt.

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Day 2 and we were back on the lack of road again and travelled through some amazing spots...really felt like we were in the middle of nowhere

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The landscape changed from salt plains to desert...all the while surrounded by white capped mountains and volcanoes. A geography teachers wet dream.

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Eventually we came across some lagoons full of the mighty flamingos. Very impressive sight indeed.

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Fi found the world´s biggest broccoli.

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Now i will be honest with you, i dont know much, but i presume a little bit about how females piss, but this sign turned everything i know on its head. Is this possible? Is that what happens?

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Our last night was spent in the coldest place ive ever been to in my life...Laguna Colorado, and its -12 degree heat. (Apparently it was -25 the other day). Freezing cold, but a beautiful place known for its bright red lake.

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After waking up and thawing out we were off for the final leg of the trip, the geysers. At 5000m it is officially the highest point of our trip and also our lives. These geysers are massive gas explosions resulting from the volcanic action going on under the surface. We are saying that 3 months after the disappointing volcanoes in Guatemala we are finally seeing some action.

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The last part of our trip was a relaxing soke in a thermal pool at 4900m. The volcanic action below heats the water to a lovely 30 odd degrees whilst everything outside is freezing. Was lovely whilst we were in it, but nearly lost a ball when out of it.

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And that was the end of our amazing few days...next stop Chile, and its famous desert oasis - San Pedro de Atacama.

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Posted by chuddfi 19:28 Archived in Bolivia

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