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Losing Perspective

Tupiza to Uyuni via the Salt Flats

all seasons in one day 4 °C
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Bolivia’s famous Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) tour definitely featured on our must-do list during our South American travels. We had elected to take the four-day trip from Tupiza, a small wild-west-like town laden with red earth, cacti and woeful cuisine.

We wanted to take the tour with our pals Jared and Marie who we met way back on the Navimag in Chile, so it meant we had five nights in Tupiza as they made their way down to meet us. It meant plenty of time poolside during the sweltering days and devouring books and movies during the chilly nights.
Morning stroll through the wild west
Could not stop laughing at this chap

When our amigos arrived, we took a day tour around Tupiza – the ‘Triathlon’ aka Drive + Horse ride + Bike ride (or duathlon for those allergic to horses). The highlight was certainly the 17km bike ride down hill in the afternoon overlooking some phenomenal scenery, which would be a taster of what we would be treated to during our Salar tour.


The following day we (Santos – the guide) packed up our land-cruiser and headed for the hills.
Typically, we had been blinded by the much-hyped Salar and of course the amazing photographic trickery that can be achieved when perspective disappears. This meant we were pleasantly surprised for the first three days being treated to otherworldly landscapes – Lakes, mountains, canyons, towns, random rock formations and geysers plus plenty of llamas and flamingos thrown in.
Hayley teaches Agostina the heel click

Graceful as ever
Team shot
Arvo tea
Salty hotel

Our coca-chewing guide Santos and our cook Agostina spoke less English than we speak Spanish meaning basic conversation was the order of the day but still plenty of room for jokes. Santos enjoyed playing on the gringo faux pas – when trying to say one is hot, el gringo often mistakenly says ‘Soy caliente’. Whilst literally it stacks up, it actually means ‘I’m horny’. So for four days we all exclaimed how horny we all were much to the entertainment of Santos and Agostina. Fun with languages.

The final day of the tour was spent on the mind-blowing Salar itself where we had a ball in miniature.

Panoman at sunrise
Four days, no shower

Here is a motion picture of epic proportions to wow you all with our antics (It is actually very amatuerish but we love reliving the past week)

We write this from La Paz after a rough overnight bus and not a lot of zzz’s. Time for some R & R and (hopefully) some international cuisine.


Soph n Hayley

Posted by ladiesofleisure 13:21 Archived in Bolivia Tagged landscapes sunsets_and_sunrises bolivia salt salar salar_de_uyuni tupiza tupiza_tours

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Wow! Beautiful and hilarious.

by rachel porteous

Those miniature you photos are hilarious! Particularly liked the prinfles ones and Sophie on Hayley's hand. Got some great laughs! Also amazing panoramas.

by Alex

Oh em geeee! The photos and video definitely reflect why this has been one of your highlights so far! It looks so incredible and I'm super jealous. I'll definitely be putting this one on my to do list. Just WOW!

by Cj

Great blog, possibly the best to date. Loved it all. What's with all of the desserts you are visiting?
I've never seen you consistently get so much air HPL, maybe less gravity up there? I'm still not sure I want to visit after the reception you got on arrival, Wogs.
Obviously the Landrover behaved okay, but I'd still have my money on the Toyota.Keep it up. Dayal/Dad.

by Dayal

those photos NEVER get old! love, love the one with the plaits - very clever.

gorgeous photos, the scenery is mind-blowing - and how good are the flamingos!

hope you enjoyed a nice hot shower after the adventure xx

by Yas

That was an awesome blog! loved it.

by jade

Sweet hands-in-pocket heel click from Agostina. So nonchalant. Great blog team. Missing you!

by Johnny

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