Wow, sorry for the crazy delay in posts, you guys. Turns out that between sightseeing, freelancing (I’ve lucked out with quite a bit of work), and looking up buses, taxi prices, things to do and hostels, hostels and more hostels, … there’s not as much free time as we thought there would be. But anyway, here are the Salt Flats!
The Salt Flats ended up being one of our definite top 5 experiences of the trip so far. It was so beautiful and vast and alien to us. This post is just the first day of our three-day Land Cruiser tour.
The first stop, pretty close outside Uyuni, was the Train Graveyard. The name pretty much explains it, with abandoned and rusted trains lying around for visitors to climb over. One of the trains was the first to enter Bolivia, and another was supposedly once robbed by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Pat lifted it right after this picture was taken, we promise… 😉
Onward to how they prepare and package the salt….
Everybody, including babies, is surrounded by salt at all times. Even the walls are made out of salt bricks with salt mortar.
Everything is flat flat flat… satellites sometimes use it to calibrate their instruments.
Here’s a video of us driving and driving over the flats, blaring Whitney Houston.
When you can’t find your home country’s flag, even though “all of them should be there”, just hold up a plastic dinosaur.
Our ride for three days. A bit cramped, with six people and a driver in each one, but it wasn’t too bad!
So, there are a million corny pictures that people take on the salt flats, with people jumping, people “standing” on wine bottles, holding each other in their hands, etc. (We were no exception.) Looking around at everyone getting these shots was pretty entertaining.
More cheesy pictures. The one below entitled “Tiny Wino” is one of my favorites.
That afternoon, we made it to Fish Island, which once used to be a coral-covered mountain underwater in what used to be a giant lake. Now, it sits surrounded by the salt flats, covered in hundreds of cacti.
Looks like one big sugar cookie.
That night we stayed in a salt hostel, which, you guessed it, is a hostel made almost entirely out of salt. Not exactly luxurious accommodations, but it did the trick!