Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Come freeze your ass off in Uyuni

Now I know a lot of people think I am living the dream and just chilling on a beach somewhere in South America. But you may be surprised to hear that it can get extremely cold in parts of South America. You need to remember that once you cross the equator, the further south you go the closer you get to Antarctica and the colder it gets during their winter months. 

Now add some altitude (3800 - 4500 meters) in the mix like the amazing Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) of Bolivia and it can get down ripe nippy. We are talking -10 plus degrees temperatures! So between death defying roads, hotels with no heat and freezing cold temperatures. 
I bring you these pictures of the Salar. 

The salt flats of Uyuni are the largest in the world and when they are under water in the summer months become the largest reflective mirror in the world. They still harvest salt on the flats to this date, but by far the economy is supported by tourism.

This salt hotel/museum is found in the middle of the flats.

Fred needed a good wash in town after travelling the salts flats to remove the fine salt dust.

Another place to go when in Uyuni is a quick visit to the graveyard of trains.

As far as the various challenges go, would I have it any other way? Not a chance as it is part of the adventure. I just wanted to make sure you didn't think it was all just chicks in bikinis and lying on the beach with a cold one.

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