Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Salar de Uyuni Tour Day Three

So, this is the biggie. The day we had all been waiting for (*Self-promotional alert* Day one and day two) The day worth waking up before sunrise.

We were going to see the salt flats.

And we couldn't wait - so much so, that I left my Kindle at the salt hotel. I used a few choice words upon realising this (I get it, cry me a river, first world problems etc. etc.) but this did not matter in the slightest. Gilman our guide drove us over the flats in pitch darkness with the inspired choice of remixed Bolivian folk music in the background. Just as dawn was about to break out, we stopped and were able to watch the sun rise over the flats.

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It was one of those moments that you couldn't truely capture and do it justice. The sunrise was probably one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen.

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We then headed to the Cactus Island for a little bit of exploring and breakfast plus we were able to see the salt flats from high and the impressive view we were left with was this:

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Then the fun began. The all-important defining shot of the salt flats. Yeah you know the one I'm talking about.

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The biggest fail of a jump photo

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All posed out (it's more difficult to do such photos than it looks!) we headed for lunch but on the way we stopped off to watch the salt workers shovel salt into neat piles. All the workers were chewing massive leaves of coca leaves which Gilman told us was because it suppresses appetite and is a natural energy source. This means that the workers are working 10-12 hours without stopping.

Annoyingly, this was the day of all days that my camera decided to have a massive hissy fit and completely break down so this is where my photos end. Regardless, the sights I saw on the trip are not going to be forgotten in a while!

Have you been to the salt flats? What was your favourite bit? Which other natural landscapes are must-go in your opinion?

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