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Dec 4, 2013 - Salar de Uyuni tour - Steamy Geysers

We had an early 5am wakeup. I felt like berating the staff as breakfast wasn't ready til 5:10am, but couldn't be bothered. I'm sure there was a rule I wasn't aware of allowing them to sleep in. At least we did get pancakes, freshly made the night before..... We drove onwards to Sol de Manana, a steamy collection of geysers with no fencing or barriers and the freedom to walk amongst them all in a creepy steamy unearthly landscape. Very cool and completely different to a laguna. We continued onto a hot spring with about 20 4WD's and its...

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Jun 8, 2013 - day 3 - rea to the next country

Day 3, still got that headache, lagunas blabla, volcanoes blabla, geothermals blabla. Lou Lou loved it which is great as made it worth the time cold and expense, but when you've done it warmer and a million times better in nz nothing can really compare. Glad as fuck to reach the border (though LOVED Bolivia and will miss it, would go back with joy in my heart, just not on that last trip) and get the fuck out into Chile and get adventure number 3 underway.

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trippin out

Oct 7, 2009 - Day 3 - Salar de Uyuni - The Great Salt flats

The night didn’t turn out to be as cold as we expected. Partly because we are over cautious and put on many layers of clothing on top of a lovely warm sleeping bag and two blankets. I had 6 layers on while Marcus had 3. I think the night probably did drop to sub-zero but it wasn’t as cold as the -8C to -15C suggested by the tour guide. The outdoor was pretty cold though as this morning we saw the stream outside the hotel was completely frozen but indoor temperature probably was no colder than -5C. In fact, Marcus found it so warm with all...

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Aug 22, 2009 - Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni

We did a 4-day jeep safari from Tupiza to the Lipez in SW Bolivia and up through the Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. The Salar was once a giant inland sea that lost its water as it was pushed up to form the Andean Altiplano millions of years ago. Day 1: Driving west out of Tupiza, we passed by desert landscapes very similar to the US Southwest. We passed gold, silver, tin and antimony mines and spent the night in Quetana Chico. Day 2: We passed more and more volcanoes as well as llamas, vicunas and (one) condor. We even saw...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Salar de Uyuni tot de Laguna Verde

3 dagen samen met 5 amerikanen een stuk van de grootste zoutvlakte van de wereld, de woestijn en verschillende lagunes bezocht en uiteindelijk de bus genomen aan de grens met Chili naar San Pedro de Atacama. Om 10.30u vertrokken samen met de chauffeur en zijn vrouw, die voor ons gedurende de reis ging koken, naar het treinkerkhof van Uyuni. Op deze plaats worden al 90 jaar oude treinstellen en dan voornamelijk de lokomotieven gedumpt en dit tot in 1980. Dit kwam omdat Uyuni vroeger de centrale plaats was van waaruit de treinen werden...

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Mar 17, 2007 - Laguna Verde, Bolivia

March 17-18, 2007 A 4am wake up and leave was bright and early for everyone in the group, however there was a purpose for it, we wanted to be able to get up early enough to drive up one of the mountains to 5000m above sea level to watch the sun rise. Upon the first step out of our dorm we realized that at this sort of altitude at this time of day it was freezing, we had layers and layers of clothes on, and because that wasn't enough 4 of us piled into the back seat with a sleeping bag over the top just to try and get us warm. After a quick...

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Jan 6, 2007 - Day 3: Geyser Basin, Thermal Baths, and Laguna Verde, Bolivia

Up at 4:00 a.m., we packed and loaded the Landcruiser, and headed off into the star-lit darkness. Our destination was Sol de Manana, a 4,950 meter high geyser basin. We arrived to see the sulfurous fumaroles and boiling mud pots just as the sun began its daily rise. From Sol de Manana, we proceeded on to Termas de Polques hot springs, where we dipped into the warm 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) waters for a relaxing time at 4,200 meters. After breakfast, we continued the drive to Laguna Verde, an aquamarine lake at 5,000 meters with Volcan...

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Oct 11, 2006 - 4x4 Trip - Day 3 (Laguna Verde, Bolivia)

We're all feeling pretty disgusting this morning after no showers. As we continued on through the desert, I started to notice all of these very large rocks amidst the sand and I was wondering if this was still a volcanically active area. Just then we turned a corner and you could see hundreds of geysers in the distance. This was a total shock to me, I wasn't expecting to see these kinds of things - not to mention be able to walk right up to them! We were given simple instructions that the outer areas of the geysers were safe (ish) but not...

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Rob in the Andes

Sep 1, 2006 - Lagunas Colorado and Verde

Our tour of the Andean Altiplano, the widest area of sustained high plateau outside of Tibet, continued from the slat flats to the exceptionally high and active volcanos and stunning lagoons of the area. At night, the 9 us (7 toursits and the cook and driver) spilled out of the Toyota (Did Toytoa know that Bolivia would use its vehicles this way??) into the nearest refugio -- a term used loosley as "basic" accomodation. They are generous with the term "basic accomodation" in Bolivia. Seven of us shared a dorm room with a plastic roof. The...

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Aug 16, 2006 - Jeep "trekking" i orkenen.

Hej derhjemme. Det var med store forventninger at vi steg paa jeep'en, klar til 5 dages strabadser i oerkenen. Turen var en rundtur fra Tupiza til Uyuni via forskellige steder i oerkenen. Den foerste del temmelig ubefaerdet, den sidste del drejer ind paa samme tur som ture til/fra Uyuni saa der er vaesentlig mere traffik der. Det kan vaere svaert at finde de rigtige ord for gode oplevelser, hvoraf der paa denne rejse her vaeret saa mange forskelligartede og gode. Med turen i oerkenen er det dog nemt. Det har vaeret en formidabel tur. En tur...

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Aug 11, 2006 - Salar de Uyuni Day 2

The second day on the Salar trek was considerably more interesting. We started off the day by visiting the Laguna Colorada, which is fed by a hot spring and has a deep red color due to the minerals in the water. The hot spring keeps the lake warm enough so that it doesn't freeze and this makes it a favorite stopover for pink flamingos. As you can see from the photos, there were plenty of them there. From there we drove to a massive park that I never got the actual name for that housed the Arbol de Piedra (the Tree of Stone), at least one...

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Apr 29, 2006 - Salt flats day 2&3

The next we awoke early and back on the road, we visited loads of Lagoons and lakes full of noisy flamingos (which strangely reminded me of Laura and a shopping bag incident one lunch time at school!). We carried on through the desert and beside the borders of Chile and Argentina only for our fears to come true when our jeep snuffed it! Bless the driver, we had to stop about every half hour at which times he would pretty much get in the engine in order to fix it!!! The worst part was trying to find a suitable toilet spot in the middle of a...

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