One of the most famous tourist locations in Bolivia is the Salar de Uyuni. Its the worlds largest Salt flats and draws the adventurous, the photographers and the hypotensive (people with low blood pressure).
The first day we visited the salt flats. We had the opportunity to eat in the middle of salt flats. Remember that if your food it not flavorful enough all you need to do is grab some salt from the ground and sprinkle it on top. We also were able to spend time taking the quintessential funny salt flat photos that you see all over the internet. At midday we stopped at an Isla (island) Incahuasi in the salar covered with cacti. Entrance here was 30 bolivianos. Its very interesting island in the middle of a sea of white salt.
beautiful journey traversing high altitude dessert, flying by active volcanoes and enjoying the sun coming up over the mountains turning the sky into a painting.
After a 30 min dip in the baths we dried off, had a bite to eat and headed off to Laguna Verde, usually this is done on the 3rd day, but since the blue/green color is best seen in the evening we decided to do it on day 2. At 14,000 ft (4,300meters) its cold and windy. Its blue color rivals Pangong Tso in Northern Inida/ Tibet which I visited a year before. The backdrop of Laguna Verde is the 19,000ft inactive Licancabur Volcano.
We continued to our last stop of the day... the geysers. They were amazing. You could stand at the edges, watching the muddy water bubble and spurt into the air giving off clouds of smoke. We took pictures with the setting sun illuminating the smoke as it swirled around us.
After a long day we reached our hostel to eat and sleep. We woke up early again and headed off on our last leg of out 3 day trip. We flew past the lagoons and through small towns. We stopped to eat around some interesting rock formations. We kept our eyes open for road runners and watched the desert land rush by us.
Our last stop was the train grave yard. Its a strip of land where old rusted trains and left for tourists to climb on. After swinging on the metal swings that hung from the underside of the train cars we headed back to the town of Uyuni. I bought a bus ticket back to La Paz for that evening and enjoyed the rest of my time in Uyuni eating cookies and pizzas at Minute Man Pizza. I jumped on the overnight bus back to La Paz unpacking my sleeping bag to cover myself for the cold ride through the high altitude dessert.
3. Bring a sleeping bag (a sub zero one is the best) or rent one, if you don't you will be an ice cube at night.
4. Bring warm cloths (especially wool socks) and good walking shoes.
5. Bring at least 180 Bolivianos for entrance fees. Extra for snacks is recommended
6. Bring extra batteries, there is no where to charge your camera, unless you give it to the workers as the hostels, who will look through your phone or camera.
7. Bring a bathing suit, its worth taking a dip into the hot springs to warm up after a long cold day.