when i was in the jeep i had the great change to see vicuñas, they are animals simillar in the shape as alpacas, or llamas but the difference is their wool. they have the best wool. because it`s finest one.
so, the government have been protecting this animals.
I have been to Uyuni twice (Oct 03 and May 06). The first time I took a 3-day southern tour with Colque Tours to Laguna Colorado, Laguna Verde and all the places between. The second time was a 2-day loop north to Volcan Thunupa and back with Thunupa Tours. Both did an excellent job. The vehicles were reliable; the food was good and ample, especially with Janet cooking on the Thunupa trip. One warning though. Neither driver spoke much English. If you are not bilingual, then you better have a guide with you. For me it was David Fernandez (Fremen Tours) on the first trip and Mario Nina (Zig-Zag Eco Tours and Treks) on the second. The tips that follow this one are in the order that the southern tour goes with some local Uyuni tips at the end.
The way the 4WD tours work is by vehicle (usually a Toyota Land Cruiser). There will be a driver and maybe a cook. Rooms are assigned by vehicle, i.e., first one to arrive gets first choice, so drivers try to beat each other to where they stop in the evening. This not always a good thing. On my first trip we arrived at Chuvica at 3 PM to spend the night; we could have spent much more time at Incahuasi. There can be as many as six passengers when the season is high. If you are a smaller group, then you could be paired with anyone. All the supplies are packed on top of the vehicle. You will probably want to take your own water to keep from paying premium prices on the trip for it. Just remember you are going to really remote areas and take whatever personal items you will need. I must say that the baby wipes I took came in really handy since sometimes there were no showers.
A visit to the train graveyard is a must most of the locomotives here date from the turn of the last century and many originally came from Britain, written on one of the wrecks is "Necesito un mecanisto con experencia" experienced machanic required
get in close as there are some wonderfull colours in the Rusty wrecks
The gaint Cacti ,Trichocerus grows in abundance on this weird Island, Isle Pescado in the middle of the salar de Uyun,i it grows to over 20ft high and lives for over 200 years and to see a area so flat and without any plants or wildlife suddenly change to this !
On the third day, after passing the night in a place called San Juan, the last of the spectacular and surrealistic sights is reached, the Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt lake in the world, most of the year a solid dry giant flat in the average 10 meters thick bit of salt, perfectly white and reflecting almost all light which comes from the cloudless sky in about 4000 meters above sea level. Dont forget your sunglasses when you are doing this trip!
Obviously no speed limits or other traffic rules are necessary....
This lake which is home to thousands of flamingoes attacted by the rich Plankton which gives it it red colour also you will notice the shorline is fringed with a white foam , which is caused by deposits of Borax,,sodium and magnesuim
When my partners of the tour were having lunch. This nice animal appeared close to us. He was trying to find some food from us. We tried to feed him giving some meat and bones.
All because he was a good model with my lent of my camera. LOL.
En conclusión simplemente puedo decir que fué hermoso poderlo ver tan cerca. puesto que no muchos animales como él se te aparecen. por que ya están en proceso de exterminación. (sniff)
From San Pedro de Atacama in Chile a reasonable road climbs up to more than 4000 m into Bolivia where first overnight stop is near the extinct volcano Licancabur with the Laguna verde below it. There are also nice thermnal pools around and it is a special fun to relax in the warm water in the cold more than 4000 m high desert. From this part of the trip I have no pics thanks to the thief in Potosi.
From the Laguna Verde onwards it is an off road tour. The next morning's first light is met in more than 5000 m at the highest geysers in the world.
The lagoons on the Altiplano are very rich of plankton. This is the reason for an unexpected and rich birdlife with 3 sorts of flamingoes. Unfortunately they were a bit shy this day so it was not easy to come close enough to them to make good pictures.
The Altiplano is rich in volcanoes but the tour passes them all in a safe distance. Ollagüe is just one of them, it is at the border, already on Chilean territory.
The Altiplano is mostly a desert but not without any life. Where water and grass can be found one can always see llamas (tamed and marked by their owners) and their smaller savage relatives, the vicunas. They are often grazing in the same areas and drinking from the same water holes.
What is a lake should have also islands - and there is an island ironically called the island of the fishes. You might call it an oasis. At least there is some vegetation here, 3000 years old cactus. And the island is overcrowded by tourists because all tours stop here,
After having finished the crossing of the Salar de Uyuni and short before the arival in the city of Uyuni the "Salt Hotel" is reached. All the building except of the roof, of course, is made of salt, even all furniture like tables, chairs and beds are made of salt.
En medio del Salar está la isla de Cujiri ( llamemoslo isla ??) Para llegara ella desde Colchani hay que atravesar 70 kilómetros por un mar de sal , pues está en el centro del salar
Se la llama isla del pescado pues dicen que tiene forma de pescado
Está llena de cactus de más de cien años y es es de una belleza impresionante
Pasear por ella antes de comer , pues es aquí donde paran las excusiones a comer , es inolvidable
In the middle of the Salar is the Cujiri island ( let´s call island ???). to reach it from Colchani you must cross 70 Kms. by a salt sea ,because it is just in the Salar center.
It is called the Fish Island because they say that has fish shape
It is full of cactus with more than 100 years and it is an impressive beauty
To walk it before lunch , because here stop the the tours for lunch , is unforgettable
if you get to uyuni you'll probably here for the lagunas, so this tip could be almost useless.... BUT.... you never know, maybe one can decide to just visit the salar and stop.
You can see flamingos, geiser, white water, purple water, green water, stone trees, tourist bunches.... It's quite hard and I'll write something in the warning and danger section about it but definitely worth while !
When I visited the salt hotel back in 1998 this old Chevy? pickup was parked at the hotel the owner was keen to move rubbish of the roof so i could take this Photo, he then drove off in it ,so it obviously was still running, Has anyone seen it since?