South of La Paz through the Salar de Uyuni… and on to Chile
Pic 1: Sunday AM in Uyuni… what the HELL am I doing here!!!
Pic 2: Things begin to liven up a little 😉
Pic 3: The train graveyard outside Uyuni
Pic 4: Two old steamers… one still in action
Pic 5: We pack the truck…
Pic 6: …and head into the Salar (salt flats) de Uyuni
Pic 7: The last outpost before heading into the Uyuni salt desert… Irish people (and flag) represented
Pic 8: Easy to stand out in this environment!
Pic 9: The (surreal) view from the top of Isla Pescadora
Pic 10: Me, atop Isla Pescadora
Pic 11: Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome territory if I have ever seen it
Pic 12: The crystalized salt that make up the salt flats (water is actually underneath)
Pic 13: Another 4X4 passes us
Pic 14: Lord of all I survey… which isnt that much!
Pic 15: Out of the Salar, we arrived at our luxury accomodations for the evening… in San Juan
Pic 16: Dusk, as viewed from the room in San Juan
Pic 17: Train line from Bolivia to Chile, for the few remaining trains that actually make the trip
Pic 18: Our crew stretches their legs for a few…
Pic 19: Me, near one of the few semi-active volcanoes in Bolivia
Pic 20: The laguna canapa… absolutely beautiful itself, with the added treat of flamingos
Pic 21: Flamingos in the laguna
Pic 22: The flamingos take flight
Pic 23: Another laguna, with far more flamingos
Pic 24: This is real 4X4 off-roading country… havent seen an actual road in days!!
Pic 25: Pause for posterity
Pic 26: Bolivias answer to the “Joshua Tree”… the arbol de piedra (tree of stone)
Pic 27: Our second night accomodation… the refugia at Laguna Colorada… and I honestly thought it couldnt get any better from yesterday!!
Pic 28: The oddly coloured (red) Laguna Colorada
Pic 29: Me, sporting that most fashionable of headwear again… it was FREEZING, even with the hot steam
Pic 30: Sunrise over the hot springs & geysers
Pic 31: Headed towards the Chilean border
Pic 32: Stopping off for a quick dip in the thermal baths before breakfast
Pic 33: The lake surrounding the thermal bath
Pic 34: The beautiful Laguna Verde (green lake… caused by copper deposits in the water apparently)
Pic 35: Our “guia” for the trip… Ronaldo, who conveyed a lot of information, considering he didnt have a lick of English!
Pic 36: Adios to Bolivia, next stop… “la frontera” and on to Chile
posted Friday September 2008