I had spoken to few people in La Paz who had just finished with the Salar tour and as per their suggestions had decided not to spend a night in Uyuni since the town had nothing of interest to see or explore.Instead I decided to take an evening bus from La Paz to Uyuni, which would take 10-11 hours to reach.
Once in Uyuni, I would go look for a travel agency, ideally one which is both reasonable and reliable.
Finally at around 7.30 am the bumpy ride came to an end and we all got down at Uyuni.I am glad I decided not to spend a night here as there was literally nothing to see or do in this city.A very small city with some markets and some parks and that’s all.After freshening up, I went straight to look for a travel agency to book my tour.I had heard from few people that a company called ANDES SALT EXPEDITIONS was the cheapest and yet had great reviews as the drivers were careful while driving(rash driving unfortunately is common in these tours) and take good care of the passengers.So I knew which company I had to look for.Being a tiny little town, I walked for 5 blocks and managed to spot the signboard for Andes.Thankfully they had a place for me and I managed to book my 3 day tour for 700 Bolivianos(100 USD).
After a quick stop(we all were not interested to spend too much time here since we had already clicked pictures),we then drove for about 2 hours before we reached a small town called Colchani. In the market we were able to look at some decorative items made out of salt in its natural form.We then had a nice lunch(Alpaca meat) in a small deli and got to know the group a little better.
After lunch, we proceeded to move towards the main highlight of the tour i.e. the salt flat lakes or Salar de Uyuni. This is basically kilometers and kilometers of white land, which is basically salt in its natural form, spread out everywhere. It is a wonderful sight and truly is worth all the appreciation it gets.We managed to click loads of artistic and creative photographs, and made the best use of the crystal white background.
At one point on the salt flats, there is a place where all the countries flags have been put. As an when tourists come, they are free to add their names on their own country’s flags. My name was the third on India’s flag, and I felt good to be one of the few who have had the fortune of being in such an amazing
|Arbol de Piedra|
The last stop for Day 1 was the Fish Island. Unlike what the name suggests, this Island has no fish in it. Instead there are tall, huge, broad, green cacti all over a small hill. These are probably the biggest and the meanest looking cacti,that I have ever seen in my life.Never knew this size even existed.I climbed up the hill and took photos to my hearts content
After a stop of an hour in the Fish Island, we all got back in the car and got comfortable for another 1 and a hour drive to the place where we would be spending the night. Frankly, after what I had heard from the fellow travelers who had completed the tour, and based on the reviews that I had read; I was prepared for a below than average room where we would be spending the night.But when we reached the location, and were taken to our rooms, I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms were clean and that’s what mattered the most. Agreed that the beds were made of hard chunks of salt, but it was layered with thick, comfy mattresses and thus it really dint matter(as long as one avoided licking the salt bed in their sleep 😉 ).
I was desperately craving for coffee, and as soon as we sat down in the living area, we were served hot cups with biscuits to nibble along.There was an option of a hot water bath at a cost of 10 Bolivianos(USD 1.50), which I willingly paid. I would have paid way more for a bath at that moment.
|Hot Springs 🙂|
I couldn’t wait to get to the next stop,which was going to be fabulous.I just knew it.It was the HOT SPRINGS…Yipeee..In this freezing cold,to be dipping into sizzling hot water was pure bliss.So as soon as we reached the place,I quickly bought my ticket,changed and dipped right into the springs.I am spending the rest of my trip right here.I will not move.This is home.
|The long journey
back to Uyuni.
These were the thoughts in my mind when I was relaxing in the warmth.But alas,I had to move my butt out of the water and get ready to head to the next place.
This was officially the end of my 3 day tour in the beautiful Salar de Uyuni and I loved every bit of it. I highly recommend this tour to any one who plans to visit Bolivia.Hope I was able to provide you with some useful information and that my experiences help you plan your trip better.
Read on for my upcoming adventures in this beautiful part of the world.Till then,