Uyuni Off The Beaten Path

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  • Extra Attractions in Uyuni desserts

    by goodmike Written Aug 5, 2010

    We are 5 guys and ad an awesome tour from la paz to Uyuni and the Three days! we booked trough a company called "Kings Travel" and they were just great , the rate we paid was 165 U$ each but it was money well spent! at first we had a just excellent guide named Gery, who speaks fluent english, is a professional archaeologist and a paramedic! he started the trip with us and came along the whole tour! giving us tons of really technical information far far better than any tourist could get from a normal driver /guide which all of the "standart tourists get" we had four "Extra" stops and visibly the driver did not like to make them, but he knew that Gery , our pro, guide was in control, we stopped in the middle of the salt flats to "get" our pretty souvenirs in "salt Cristals", then we had another stop far from any other car or person to take our "Crazy pictures" on the flats and then we stopped in a fantastic "Mummy ceremonial spot", plus we stopped to look for and actually watch the "andean fox", this tour and Guide is recommendable to any tourist who wants a guaranteed, safe and reliable tour!
    Enjoy it! May you need any additional info, I ´ll be very glad to share it, just drom an E mail to me : mikebrewers82@aol.com
    Mike

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    well judge for yourself

    by Pete.Gibson Written Sep 20, 2005

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    I'm not sure if it could be classed as off the beaten track, it certanly a well trodden road !! but its still so remote you feel you are the first person to ever see it, If that makes sense

    The start of a epic journey, one which i shall never forget

    My first stop the train grave yard climb amongst them get your camera out and fire away

    When i did this trip in 98 we only met one other group!! I wonder if that would be true today

    The dead trains at dusk
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    The Beaten Off The Beaten Path

    by lotharlerch Updated Apr 17, 2005

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    The title might sound crazy but this tour is extremely popular and you see plenty of cars with tourists all the way, at least 50 or more cars with 6 passengers each per day. I would not call that "off the beaten path" but it is great and interesting and highly recommendable.

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    valley of the rocks

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Though we were getting tired of the strange rock formations by now, this stop was a welcomed relief to get out of the truck on the way back to Uyuni. It was nice to walk around, get some fresh air, and of course, snap a few photos.

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    just catching the vicunas with the zoomie

    by richiecdisc Written Feb 25, 2003

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    You see a lot of llamas on your travels around Bolivia and Peru, and enough alpaccas too, but vicunas, their wild and undomesticated relative is a much more rare sight. I snapped this shot from the truck as they scampered from the road. The graceful animals' fur is the most expensive clothing material and reported to be the warmest too.

    vicuna rears
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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: End of a Journey

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Our tour ended at Laguna Blanca where we parted away with Nico. We then took a bus down to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. The Bolivian border was a breeze, but we were detained for over an hour at Chilean immigration due to inspections. It makes sense though, since Bolivia is so poor compare to modern Chile.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Laguna Verde

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We ate breakfast here before continuing on. After eating, we continued on to the Laguna Verde, a beautiful lagoon with strange foam on the water edge. The mighty Volcan Llicancabur overlooks this lagoon. I walked around part of the lagoon to enjoy the change in colors with the different light.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Thermal Baths

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    After the geyser, we drove down to the thermal waters at 4300 meters above sea level. On the way, we passed an amazing desert like scenery, which I was again looked more like a picture of Mars, then on Earth. Anyway, I was a bit reluctant at first, but after seeing the others relaxing in the thermal waters I decided to join them. So with freezing weather, I took my clothes out, put my swimming trunks on, and ventured into the thermal waters. The water was a nice 30' Celsius, which made for a sharp contrast with the near freezing temperature of the air. In fact, there was ice on the surface of the small lake, which lies not even 10 meters away from were the thermal water lies. Surprisingly, I didn't get cold once I left the bath.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Sol de Mañana Geysers

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We woke up really early on the third day. It was still dark outside so it was freezing cold. We drove uphill for about 1 hour to the Sol de Mañana Geysers. As always, Nico Schumacher made sure that we were the first there. The geysers were quite nice! We got to see the sunrise there. Since we were early, the sulfur fumes were going hot. Also, the mud melting holes were acting up like beasts. The view of the sun appearing through the vapors was amazing.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Laguna Colorada

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We finally got to the Laguna Colorada (elevation 4,278 meters above sea level), where we spend the night. We hiked to the Mirador to enjoy the gorgeous view of the lagoon with its many colors (red, blue, yellow, white, etc).

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Arbol de Piedra

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Our next stop was at the Arbol de Piedra, which is an interesting rock formation. The desert continued on. The view was amazing. Since it was so high, the surface lacked plant life so it looked almost like a picture from Mars. Shall we throw a conspiracy theory out there?

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Vizcacha Rabbits

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We stopped in the desert at some other rock formations, which was the home of a family of vizcacha rabbits. They look like a mixture of a rabbit and a squirrel. Who knows, perhaps a pair got horny and as a result the first vizcacha was born.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Flamingos above 3000m

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Afterwards, we drove through several lagunas, some of which had colonies of colorful Flamingos: James Flamingos (with their pink body and tails), Andean Flamingo (with the black tail and pink bodies), and the Chilean Flamingo (with white/gray bodies). We saw them all on our lunch stop at Laguna Hedionda (hedionda meaning smelly in Spanish, named after its sulfur smell).

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Lava Flows

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The next day was a busy one. We woke up early and drove to the most extraordinary scenery imaginable. It was almost as if each day was getting better and better. We started the day by crossing the less spectacular Salar de Chiguanai. Then we stopped at a lava flow rock formation to enjoy the view of Volcan Ollague. Anyway, the lava flow was amazing.

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    Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas: Town of San Juan

    by darthmilmo Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We exited the Salar and continued to the small town of San Juan (elevation 3800 meters above sea level), where we spent the night. The dorm room we got reminded me to the room of the seven dwarfs in Snow White since it had small beds all clustered together in a small room :).

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