The world's largest salt flats located here in Bolivia... is called The Salar de Uyuni. Uyuni is the name of the town where all the tours are based out of. Javier and I took a three day excursion through the tour company owned by some brothers from the Uyuni Congregation.
These are the photos of this crazy place. The most diverse and other-worldly sites I've ever seen.
The mustached hero himself. Senor Elmer Lemus. The ride to Uyuni was LONG. When you are traveling here in Bolivia by bus, you need to be prepared to sit there for hours and hours. From Villa Serrano, it's a 5 hour ride to the big city in Sucre. Then, from Sucre it's another 3 hours uphill to the world's highest city, called Potosi. Then, from Potosi... another 5 hour bus ride to Uyuni. Yea. A lot of life wasted on the bus. You'll see why it's worth it though.
Halfway through the bus ride. You start getting ancy (how do you spell ancy?) Couldn't sit that long. So on the bathroom break, I started running around like a nut.
First stop on the salt flats tour. The Train Cemetary!
I found some dude rockin away.. looks like he was trying to make a music video.
The train cemetary is a playground of rusted metal. Javi begins climbing to his heart's content.
DAKAR - it's an offroad, all terrain motor vehicle race. And in January, they pass through Uyuni, Bolivia... Pretty neat. Everyone is pretty excited about it in Uyuni cuz of all that money it's gonna bring in.
"asi, es la vida"
The Train Graveyard Plank #planktheworld
Javier Unleashed. He chases down a small group of Vicunas. These animals are in the llama family I believe. They are like the Bolivian version of deer.
Finally arriving to the Salar de Uyuni. A pure horizon of white. You would think the ground is dry and arid... but interestingly enough, the salt always stays moist and wet. It is also as hard as a rock...
So, after the hand stand, I fell and got scraped up. Salt hurts. A lot.
The harvesters rake up piles of salt such as these. And ship it out. Never a shortage of the stuff.
Javier. Looking majestic on this salt-block wall. Looking out into the pure white distance.
Of course we are neutral. But it was funny how Bolivia left out the anglo-american world power's flags. USA and UK.
The island's most prominent inhabitants are the cacti. They are huge and they are everywhere.
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into some of the wild spots of Bolivia. At some points, looks like they could be from another planet. There are an endless amount of places to explore here. The country is so diverse, it never gets old.