Thursday, 31 March 2011

A glass of salted rioja

Our first stop in Argentina was to stay a couple of days in Salta close to the Bolivian border. Well, close for Argentinian standards as we are still speaking a 7h bus ride away! But as we would soon discover, by spending more and more hours on buses, Argentina is a huge country!

Only train ride in Latin America and the bus ride from hell

Coming back with our minds almost overfull of the amazingly beautiful images, bizarre smells and intense three-day 4x4 journey around Uyuni, we booked ourselves into a hostel for a couple of hours as our train was booked for 2.30 am and we couldn't imagine spending the 8h leading up to departure walking the rain pounded streets of this small town.

A wise decision that allowed us to have a hot shower to wash away the grit of the three days, a place to repack and store our stuff, and a couple of hours of stretching out our bodies on a straight soft surface after having spent 12h in the 4x4 car and before boarding the train for another lovely 8h of much comfortable seat sleeping.

Venturing out for dinner,

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A lot more than just a desert of salt, Uyuni 3

When we have the space, we jump of excitement.
On the third and last day of the Uyuni trip, when we woke up it was still dark and very cold, we were now at about 5000 m high, close to laguna colorada. With a short night sleep and an empty stomach, we packed our things and got in the Jeep. Our driver was in a hurry, and drove like crazy through the darkness before we arrived to our first stop.

Monday, 28 March 2011

A lot more than just a desert of salt, Uyuni 2

So, it's been some time since the last update. Two main reasons: We've been very busy traveling and internet is not always easy to reach when you're on the road. But we will make an effort to bring you up-to-date with our adventures.

The last post was about Uyuni, and although we spent 3 days there immersed in beautiful landscapes, we only told you about the first day. Its time for some catching-up.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

A lot more than just a desert of salt, Uyuni

After a long bus journey through some of the best Bolivian roads (still just another good dirt road where bridges are built by it's users, see last post), we finally arrived at the town of Uyuni where we had booked a 3 day tour to the Salt flats.

I have to admit that I had some expectations on this place, I had made the mistake of checking some pictures online and all of them looked beautiful, almost like from an unreal place. What I was not aware of was the extension of the place, what the exact route would be and what it would feel like to be there, so it was with a big surprise that during the next 3 days I found myself in the middle of volcanoes, beautiful colourfull lagoons and thermal springs.