Now we are chilling in Chile for a bit, I have more time to put up a post catching up our travels. After La Paz in Bolivia we caught a bus straight to Uyuni, a nothing little town but close to the famous Uyuni salt flats. We booked on a 3 day tour of the area and it ended up being one of the highlights of South America.
Here is day 1, which entailed a stop at the train graveyard first, and then a straight drive to the nearby salt flats. The salt flats really are amazing, a huge expanse of white as far as the eye can see, we drove across it in a 4×4 with the sun reflecting blinding light from the surface. At one point we stopped so the guide could show us water holes which had blasted through the surface, sometimes from as deep as a couple hundred meters down. The water was freezing and the source of salt crystals.
From there we stopped on cactus island. An island in the middle of the salt flats covered in you guessed it, cactus. Strange bit of land sticking out of the white dry ocean and beautiful in contrast to its surroundings. Then we sped along to a part of the flats permanently covered in a thin layer of water, to watch a spectacular sunset reflected off the mirrored surface of the flats.
Really a beautiful day which ended with a sleep in a hotel made of salt!