Salar de Uyuni Tour

On April 14, 2013

Day 1 – First we drove out of Tupiza. Mario, our driver and sometimes tour guide, drove us up and up a dirt road that I’d never want to cycle. We stopped for lunch in a field of llamas, donkeys, and sheep. We then drove through a few small towns, finally stopping at San Antonio de Lípez. That night we were serenaded by some too eager boys playing the flute just a little too loudly.

Day 2 – We woke up super early today and drove past some mines, abandoned towns, and villages. We saw two ladies letting a herd of llamas out of their pen. We saw a small Salar then went to the Termas (hot springs) for lunch. I got to show off my amazing cycling tan lines. Next was some geysers at an amazing 5,200 meters. Crazy how that geological phenomenon happened. We stayed near Laguna Colorada, a gorgeous red lake with flamingos.

Day 3 – The day of tons of flamingos. After we drove through the Salar de Chiguana and over some railroad tracks to Chile. That night we stayed in a hostel made of salt on the edge of the Salar de Uyuni.

Day 4 – So. Much. Fun.

11 Responses to “Salar de Uyuni Tour”

  • My favorite picture is Mark eating that little guy! I saw a rabbit going bery bery fast at our house. We had Lent and we gived up Wii. We have a baby. Her name is Gemma Rose.

  • Mark, I like the picture that you were slapping hands from far away. I like the one of the girls holding the car. That’s a funny one of the girl standing over the car and the one of her stepping on you. For Bashy’s birthday, we got (and Bashy) got a kit for butterflies…the caterpillars are coming in the mail. We get to watch them turn into butterflies! Today we are watching golf.

  • Aren’t you biking? You are looking like you’re having waaay too much fun! Those salt flats are very cool! Was it hard to climb the big rock (5000 m)? Did you get to the top? That is a cool handstand you did on the train tracks!

    • I didn’t get to the top of the rock since I only had sandals and going down is harder. This is actually a picture of me going down. I took a break from cycling to go on this tour. It was well worth it. I don’t meet too many other cyclists who stop at as many places as I do.

  • Really cool train track picture. The flats look vast and amazing.

  • One word….LLAMAS!!! I thought llamas were great, like the normal kind. But llamas with ear tassles, man, they take the hilarity factor to a whole new level. Jealous.

    Also, the photography in this post is AMAZING. Usually I’m impressed, but I was blown away. Also, all of those illusion pictures, wayy too cool. Way too fun.

    Lastly, I only have two more weeks of school left! And I’ve taken 2 CPA exams! I’m almost cool and in the real world like you!….Kinda….

    • Haha I’m not in the real world yet! Also I have sooooooo many llama pictures it was hard to choose. And yes, they spit. But I avoided that.

  • Mark – looks spectacular dude! Where did you meet the fellow travelers? Have you picked up Spanish during your travels?

    • My Spanish is insanely good compared to when I started. I plan on taking classes here in Sucre to become more fluent and work on pronunciation. As for meeting other people, the thing about traveling solo is you’re only alone when you want to be. I signed up for the tour not knowing who I was going with and it turned out to be an amazing group. Otherwise hostels are good places to speak English and the number of locals staring at a white guy cycling through their mountains and I can try to speak Spanish whenever I want.

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