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San Pedro De Atacarma to Salar de Uyuni 3 day crossing.

A classic way to get from Chile into Bolivia is by the 3 day Salar De Uyuni crossing, A 4x4 jeep with 6 people. We booked our trip and expected it to be ok but nothing exceptional. How wrong we were, we had superb travel companions, a Dansih lady Diete and her Husband Virgil ( pronounced Berhellio ) and a French Couple Maria and Herve. We couldn´t have wished for better. Our Driver Javier was also first class.

The first day takes you across the Chile border and into Bolivia, the Atacarma never fails to impress. We were soon at our first stop a fantastic Lake called Laguna Blanco, a backdrop of Volcanoes and a lake full of Flamingoes..
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Next up was another lake this time the Green lake which in reality was more vivid blue.
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A drive through more desert and at a height of over 5000mts we arrived at a strange lunar landscape full of smoking fumeroles.
The colours and the landscape were breathtaking ( well at 5000 mts what would you expect )

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After a short lunch stop we arrived at yet another fantasic lake.snaps_168.jpgsnaps_002.jpgsnaps_007.jpgsnaps_008.jpgsnaps_009.jpgsnaps_012.jpgsnaps_015.jpg

Our first night was spent an a 6 bed shared dorm with our new found friends.
Outside loads of Llamas were also settling down for the night.
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The next morning we drove to a stone forest, quite bizzare.
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Another lunch stop this time to a backdrop of mountains lakes and flamingoes. Amazing.
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Another totally amazing day and the highlight was supposed to be the next day, could we be so lucky ?

A 2 hour drive from our overnight stay in a Salt Hotel and we arrived at the vast Salar De Uyuni salt flats. Some great photo opportunities and more staggering scenery.

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We arrive in Uyuni around 3pm to a welcome beer and a hot shower, the last 3 days have been the best since we started travelling through South America..

Posted by malnlinda 09:49

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