|So close, yet so far. At the end of the|
three day journey, we ran out of gas
25 minutes from Uyuni. There
are absolutely no gas stations, so you
have to travel with your own supply.
Just as we stopped vibrating from the bus ride (seriously, words cannot describe just how much we rattled and rolled on the kilometres of unpaved roads), we jumped into the 4x4 along with Johnny, the driver, Anna from Germany, three adventurous gals from Norway, Cathrine, Rut and Tonje, and our cook Clementina. We then started our (long) road trip (between the bus to Uyuni, the tour of the area and the bus back to La Paz, we clocked 46 hours in vehicles) that brought us to some magnificent natural sights and over barren landscapes and kilometres and kilometres of absolutely nothing but space and more space.
|Yup. Just salt. Dry and hard. |
|One, two, three, jump. Our friends Rut, Tonje and Cathrine|
doing it with style. (Yes, Jan did get this one perfectly!)
|View from Isla Pescada|
across Salar de Uyuni.
These cacti grow 1 m per
100 years, and some are
9 m tall! Quite something
to see something living that
is 900 years old!
|Isla Pescada is covered with these giant beauties.|
|Cacti in bloom. Pretty awesome to see.|
|When surreal meets |
surreal - Jan takes a pic.
|First night accommodations in |
Santiago de Agencha. Brand new
"tourist complex" complete with salt
floors, salt blocks for bed frames, and
electricity from 7 to 10 pm.
|Our abode for the night. Architecture|
is inspired by a local peoples´ housing.
|Jan likes rocks. She can climb them!|
This is one of many volcanic formations
in the region.
|Jan also likes yoga - especially after|
4 hrs in the 4x4 going cross country.
|And now playing with the wind at|
Laguna Colorada. The red is due to
algae and the white is borax.