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January 21, 2006 – A journey to Salar de Uyuni and Surrounds, Bolivia in South America

Crossing the Salt Flats

Uyuni, a little town right close to the salt flats of Bolivia, was quite warm and quaint. I enjoyed this little town even though I caught a cough-cold (I think it was a mild case of bronchitis, not sure, since it was only a very annoying cough and nothing else).

Signed up for the 3-days salt flats crossing from Bolivia into Chile. I wondered why they call it the 'Salt Flats Crossing', since we visited the salt flats only on the first day. After that, it was all different sorts of terrain. The salt flats were unfortunately underwater due to it being rainy season. Got some cool reflections for photos though, but that's about it.

Much of the terrain reminded me of road trips and some of the national parks in the United States. Passed a lot of land that looked similar to the terrain on Highway 5 from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Stopped at places where there were all these funky natural rock creations, which reminded me of Sedona. There was also this geyser area, which resembled Yellowstone (haven't been there, but have seen similar pictures). A few spots were quite unique. I enjoyed taking photos of the red and green lakes with flamingos in them. I couldn't believe how cold it was, though, especially on the last day. Major windchill factor too.

crossing flooded salt flats by 4x4

a hotel that's actually made of pure salt!

rock garden

flamingos in Laguna Colorada, the red lake

Laguna Verde, the green lake

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