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Expedicion 3 dias (3 days expedition)

14, 15 y 16 Nov 2012

Uyuni is such a small town. We arrived quite late last night aftet 5 hour drive and we were told to get our own water for the next 3 days whilst we drove across Salar de Uyuni (salt lake Uyuni) and Atacama desert.

Day 1 of our 4x4 expedition, i think there were 6 Toyota Landcruisers to get all of us and a cook across the mountain and desert to Chile in the next 3 days. We had an early start as there were quite a few attractions we needed to stop by while we got to our next accommodation in Puerto Chuvica. It was such a hot day and we had picnic at Salar de Uyuni after our stop at Train cementary. We spent quite a long time at Salt Flat taking creative photos!! Latet we stopped by Incahuasi island (but this is actually like a hill/mountain in the middle of this vast Salt Flat! It is so hard to imagine this place was once in the under water but yet it is now dry and in about 3600m above sea level!!

Day 2 there was no shower in our 'cool' salt flat accommodation place last night!! But i think managed to get some sleep - thanks to my eye mask!! After our breakfast, we continued with our 4x4 expedition and stopped at several places. We saw lots of flamingos at the beautiful Laguna Colorada. Unfotunately, while we were on our way to our next night stop in Huayllajara, we leant that there was a strike from the local community to close the national park . This means we could not continue with our journey and we had to make a detour to travel another 4 or 5 hours for the next town. It was such a pity that we would not be able to visit some glacier and Laguna Verde! I think we had dinner around 10pm...

Day 3 as our initial plan had been changed, we had no choice but decided to leave Bolivia early and drive to the Chilean border!! Unfortunately, our coach didn't arrive for some reasons and we were forced to wait at the Chilean border for about 8 hours! Whilst we were waiting for our coach, we met some tourists who were left and stranded at the border by some small local tour operator due to the strike event in Bolivia.

Posted by sianmy 01:20 Tagged uyuni

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