I went to Uyuni from where are organized three days Jeep trips to the colourful lagunas on the South of Uyuni and to Salt Desert. The standard trip includes few hours visit on the Salt Desert followed by a visit to the lagunas. But everyone said that the visit to the salt desert was the most impressive part. I did not wanted to stay only few hours on the salt desert. I wanted to stay there longer and to see either the sun set or the sun rise in this unique place. I talked with one of the tour agent and he told me that if there will be a group of six people interested, they could organise even the trip in the reverse order, when the first two days we would have gone to lagunas, South from Uyuni, and the last day we would have gone to the salt desert for the whole day to experience sun rise AND sun set. In the moment two Danish girls came to the agency: Laura and Mai. It did not take me long time to convince them to join me. Two next people I found through couchsurfing website. Marta and Kuba is a çpolish couple - first Polish long terms travelers that I met personally. The last person that joined was a Dutch girl, Dion.
|Flamingos in laguna.|
We reached our simple camp in the evening. We went to bad early since we were supposed to wake up around 4 o'clock in the morning. But I had one problem.... I was completely not sleepy, and finally I did not fall asleep at all!!! And what was more surprisingly, I was not sleepy also the next day. Coca leaves have much stronger effect on me than strong coffee.
|Salty rode like this for several kilometers!|
In this place, this time of the year, the snow is a very temporary thing, Salty was like a butterfly of the winter.
This day we started the trip from the visit to gazers, followed by the first to laguna..... And a bath in hot spring. After the breakfast we started our road back North, stopping next to lagunas and colourful lakes. The colour of every laguna was different!!! Some of them also attracts flamingos!!! This day was seriously one of the most diverse landscapes I have ever seen!!! Every half an hour, every fifteen minutes the landscape changed. Despite the fact that we were driving rather slow, and stopping quite often, it was still too fast for me. I hope that I will manage to come back to this magic place and to try to get saturated with the surrounded beauty and travel there on my own speed. I think biking would be a good mean of transport in this magic place.
This was only the second day, there was still the Salar de Uyuni in front of us.... about which you can read here.