A sunrise over the salar provided a fitting final morning for the colourful three-day tour. We all slept better that night and were excited for the final spectacle of the salt flats.
Our hostel was on the edge of the salar so we immediately drove out onto the white expanse, making a beeline for Huasi Inca island. or Fishes Island as it’s also known.
Llama, salar, cactus: no-one could resist this iconic island photo.
This was my Andean salt flats costume, modelled here atop the Huasi Inca Island. I may look a little ridiculous but I was wonderfully warm and how I loved that wool!
One of the ‘must-dos’ of the tour for many people is taking amusing perspective photos on the salt flats. We hadn’t given it much thought so had no pre-conceived ideas of what we’d do. Erin, our friend from Cafayate, wished for a dinosaur. It seemed impossible until fellow tour-mate Nick found one in the island gift shop. Great minds…
Dinosaur and beer can in tow, it was now time to take the photos, which proved much more tricky than anticipated. Here’s a shot of everyone trying to do the math.
We eventually got it down…
…and played at being tiny people…
…jumping in the sun.
It’s easy to forget that the salar is, of course, edible. These are piles of salt, drying out in the sun, ready for collection. I wonder how long that pile would last in a home kitchen?
The final stop of the tour was the train graveyard where artists have made use of the retired parts.
Steve and Nick found a giant see-saw. Memories of flying into the air as a child made me step away.
Instead I stuck to the swing. A cheery way to end a phenomenal adventure.
Useful information of the salt flats tour
The tour ends in Uyuni around midday. There isn’t much in town so I wouldn’t recommend hanging around. We got a nightbus to La Paz, which was one of the rockiest journeys I have ever been on. The Lonely Planet described it as bone-shaking and they definitely weren’t exaggerating. We originally booked with Todo Turismo but when we arrived in Uyuni, we found out they had sold our ticket to someone else. Luckily, Cordillera were able to book us onto a different bus.
One reason to stop in Uyuni is Minuteman Pizza where we shared a delicious evening meal before catching our bus.