The final day of the the Uyuni jeep trek did not disappoint. This day was dedicated to the famous Salar de Uyuni. The Salar is the world’s largest salt flat and one of Bolvia’s main tourism attractions.
The day began very early in the morning. By 5:30 am, our jeep was on it’s way to the “Floating Island” in the salt flat. When we arrived we climbed 15 minutes up the “island”. I realize I am not the world’s most physically fit athlete. But these 15 minutes were HARD. The extreme altitude made this 15 minute hike incredibly painful. It made me feel more out of shape then ever. But it turned out to be extremely worth it. I reached the top just in time to watch the magnificent sunrise over the salt flat. I took entirely too many photos, so I hope you like pictures of sunrises.
Next we drove for an hour across the salt flat. Stop and try to take that in for a moment… we drove across the salt flat for an hour, not starting or ending at an end. In fact, there was no end in sight. After that salty hour, we stopped somewhere in the middle of the field where the salt was particularly white for our “silly picture” time. It was stupid how much fun we had taking ridiculous pictures of ourselves. It is also quite amazing that taking funny pictures is one of the main draws to the salt flat. People are so weird (myself not excluded).
We concluded the trip on the way to the city of Uyuni at what is known as the “Train Graveyard”. And it is exactly what it sounds like. It was a fun place for a final photo-op before making it to Uyuni, having a final lunch together and saying our goodbyes.
I wish I could use my words to describe how I feel about the country of Bolivia after this trek. But words fail me. Bolivia is amazing. That’s about the best I can do. And this trek was only the Southwest corner of the country. I have now made it deeper into Bolvia, and the sentiment only continues to grow.