This is the second installment of our three-part photo story on Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni. See day one of the story here.
Day two started with eggs for breakfast and shared stories of an uncomfortable night’s sleep. We’d all had trouble breathing, one person had screamed in the night, and some hadn’t slept at all. But an air of excitement kept everyone going – and at least we hadn’t been cold.
One happy camper had the best outfit of all. Justin’s headgear is made from a pair of boxer shorts and a travel towel – clothing ingenuity at its best.
Our first stop of the day was this rock formation in the Siloli desert. It’s tree shape is the result of wind erosion, and it won’t be long until it falls.
Pristine lakes and bright blue skies provided the perfect mirror for the mountainous landscape.
Flamingoes are a common feature of the three-day tour. I had always imagined them to be tropical creatures so was surprised to see them inhabiting such an unforgiving part of the world. You can also find them in Patagonia so it seems they are pretty hardy.
Quick flamingo fact: they are pink because of what they eat. I’m yet to see a white one.
Behind every photo is a camera, and here’s your behind-the-scenes look at the previous photo. We look like the flamingo paparazzi, hiding amid the rushes!
Next to the lake where most of the flamingos resided, there were some excellent signs including this brilliant ‘no flying’ notice. My favourite was the candid ‘no peeing’ sign at the top of the post.
After lunch by the flamingo lake, we drove, and drove, and drove along this single, seeming road to nowhere…
…until we arrived in a tiny town named San Juan. They even sold beer, which the tour quickly took advantage of.
That night we stayed in a hostel made of salt – walls, beds, seats and floors. I felt parched just thinking about it. It was on the edge of the salt flats, which we could see through our bedroom window above. Tomorrow would be the big day when we finally reached our destination – the dazzling Salsr de Uyuni.
This is part two of a three-day photo story on our trip to Bolivia’s salt flats. See part one here, and come back soon for the final installment.
Useful information of the Uyuni salt flats tour
Information on day one of the tour and how we chose our tour operator can be found in part one of the photo story.
Day two was much easier in terms of the altitude. Everyone’s headaches either disappeared or became bearable. Our lodging for the night was comfortable and hot showers were available (there were only cold showers the first night).
Our food over the three days was great including a vegetarian spaghetti bolognese, salads, rice dishes, potatoes and eggs. Everything was prepared well and no-one got ill.