Uyuni Train Cemetery

Uyuni Train Cemetery

Our four day trip from Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni ended in the centre of Uyuni at about 1pm, so from there we headed straight to Uyuni’s second biggest attraction, the Train Cemetery. About 3km outside the town, surrounded by a dusty wasteland filled with loose rubbish and stray dogs,…

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Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Four – Sunrise and Salt Flats

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Four - Sunrise and Salt Flats

It was five in the morning and we were racing through empty darkness, cutting across a blank desert of unlit white, the headlamps of our jeep flitting on tyre tracks in the dust which were the only road we had to follow. Overhead was a bowl of stars, still dazzling even as the…

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Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Three – Rocks and Bones

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Four - Sunrise and Salt Flats

After the fiasco with Sam falling through the ice the day before, we woke up on the third morning of our Salar de Uyuni trip to find his wet hiking boots frozen solid and stained white from the minerals in the hot springs we’d washed them in. As if icicle…

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Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day One – Wind and Snow

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day One - Wind and Snow

The Salar de Uyuni tour is easily the most popular tourist destination in Bolivia, and it’s easy to see why. The salt flats themselves are breath taking, and the three day tour from Uyuni takes in a ton of incredible sights around that part of the country. Being so popular,…

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Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Two – Lakes and Mountains

Salar de Uyuni Tour, Day Two - Lakes and Mountains

The four day trip from Tupiza to Salar de Uyuni was a constant journey. Most of everyday was spent in the jeep, with our guide Andres and awesome cook Dolores, watching the landscape slowly change outside the window, sliding from one scene from the next like a picture book, changing dramatically…

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Quebrada de Palmira in Tupiza

Quebrada de Palmira in Tupiza

On our second day in Bolivia’s Wild West town, Tupiza, we got up early and headed out to find the Quebrada de Palmira. Preferring to hike alone, without paying for a tour guide, means that we often get lost; especially as maps and helpful directions are hard to come by in…

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El Canyon Tupiza

El Canyon Tupiza

From our old-fashioned mine experience in Potosi, we headed down to Tupiza, a small town set in scenery that looks almost exactly like the Wild West. After the mine, it was like being in Disney’s frontier-land around the Runaway Mine train, although the mine experience was in no way similar…

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Potosi Mine Tour

Potosi Mine Tour

From Sucre, we began our journey south by travelling down to Potosí. At 4090m above sea level, it’s one of the highest cities in the world, so after the warm sunshine of Sucre the colder air and freezing nights were a bit of a shock. The site of an enormous and once-prosperous…

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Siete Cascadas

Siete Cascadas

I’ve already mentioned all the things we got up to in the beautiful Bolivian capital of Sucre – in between Spanish lessons, that is – but there is one place I left out of the previous post. On the Tuesday, we got up early and caught a bus to the…

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Stopping in Sucre

Stopping in Sucre

Although we spent ten whole days there – the longest we’ve stayed still on this whole trip – we didn’t actually do a whole lot in Sucre. We checked in to the lovely Irish-run hostel Celtic Cross, sleepy, peaceful and only two months old, and found ourselves unwinding so quickly…

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Torotoro Day Two – Canyons and Rivers

Torotoro Day Two - Canyons and Rivers

Our second day in Torotoro, one of the most beautiful spots in Bolivia, was every bit as good as the first. We headed into the plaza again bright and early to grab some breakfast, and hired the same guide as the previous day, the lovely Ugenio, for a third tour…

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