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Following Potosí, I decided to head off straight away for the south again, skipping cities such as Sucre or Santa Cruz (once again, this will be for another journey...) and ended up in Uyuni, which only purpose or so it seems is to serve as a springboard for tourists who want to explore the legendary salt flat Salar de Uyuni and the amazing landscapes the desert nearby has to offer.

Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat with 10,582 square kilometres and at an elevation of 3,656 meters. The Salar was apparently formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes and is covered by a few meters of salt crust. The best way to visit it is to book a 4WD tour for 3 days and to end up in Chile, in San Pedro de Atacama, after having crossed another national park full of coloured lakes, flamingos, alcapas, volcanoes, geysers, etc... I am not going to talk about it for ages but instead will let you admire the different pictures I took during these 3 days. A truly amazing tour...

As we were leaving Uyuni, a small sand tornado appeared...

As we were leaving Uyuni, a small sand tornado appeared...


A graveyard of trains near Uyuni

A graveyard of trains near Uyuni


Actually the next edition of the Dakar is planned to come here too

Actually the next edition of the Dakar is planned to come here too


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Our vehicle for the next 3 days

Our vehicle for the next 3 days


The salt crust can be seen clearly

The salt crust can be seen clearly


The Salar allows for funny pictures... <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/img/emoticons/icon_smile.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=':)' title='' />

The Salar allows for funny pictures... :)


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Picture taken from the Incahuasi island in the middle of the desert

Picture taken from the Incahuasi island in the middle of the desert


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So flat...

So flat...


Sunset on the Salar

Sunset on the Salar


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Funny thing, the hostel were we would sleep was entirely made in salt, from the floor to the walls, beds, tables, etc...

Funny thing, the hostel were we would sleep was entirely made in salt, from the floor to the walls, beds, tables, etc...


Leaving the desert, we would arrive in the National Park Eduardo Avaroa

Leaving the desert, we would arrive in the National Park Eduardo Avaroa


Flamingos

Flamingos


El increible árbol de piedra (the stone tree), a volcanic rock formation shaped by the strong winds

El increible árbol de piedra (the stone tree), a volcanic rock formation shaped by the strong winds


Coloured lake, with flamingos, the colours are amazing

Coloured lake, with flamingos, the colours are amazing


Mummy and baby alpacas

Mummy and baby alpacas


Who's tickling me??? <img class='img' src='http://www.travellerspoint.com/img/emoticons/icon_wink.gif' width='15' height='15' alt=';)' title='' />

Who's tickling me??? ;)


The desert by night

The desert by night


Geysers at almost 5000 meters high

Geysers at almost 5000 meters high


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And we would arrive around 7am at a lake with thermal waters...

And we would arrive around 7am at a lake with thermal waters...


Where there was a small swimming pool! Temperature outside: <dfn title='32°F'>0 °C</dfn>; Temperature inside: <dfn title='95°F'>35 °C</dfn>!!

Where there was a small swimming pool! Temperature outside: 0 °C; Temperature inside: 35 °C!!


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On the left, the road to Argentina, on the right, to Chile

On the left, the road to Argentina, on the right, to Chile


Our fantastic Brazilian/French group!

Our fantastic Brazilian/French group!

This featured blog entry was written by manolo84 from the blog Around The World in 370 days.
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By manolo84

Posted Fri, Dec 06, 2013 | Bolivia | Comments