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* Monday, February 16, 2015 *

Day 4, 5, 6 - Uyuni / Salar De Tunupa

Taking a bus in SA is the most cheapest ride. Not only it saves
you from a night of accommodation, it travels from one place to another ~
But of cos not all bus journey are pleasant. But at least the ones that
 i took are still all right.

What is the most 'disappointing' thing that you dont wannt hear from
after booking a tour from this tour company. Its when you are at the bus station
waiting for the overnight bus journey to another destination and the person
in charge came up to you and tell you 'Sorry, something happened during the
tour today hence we need to stop the tour for a day' and then you will need
to find another tour company when you reach your destination.

Finally, after a wobbly journey ride, we reach the town of Uyuni 
that seats on the edge of salt desert at an altitude of 3670m above sea level.
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt lake / flat ~
The most stunning place which is so captivating in Bolivia / SA ~

Covering an area of over 10,000 square km, it is estimated
to have a reserve of 10 billion tons of salt.
The Salar was formed as a result of transformation between several 
prehistorical lakes that dried up.

So here we start our 3D2N tour in Uyuni.

First stop is the Train Graveyard ~
Found at the outskirts of Uyuni, a small trading region high in the Andean plain.
In the early 19th century, Uyuni has been an important transportation hub for 
trains which connect major cities.
Due to the abandoned projects and collapsed mine, the train were left to 
fade and rush out of memory.

Second is the Salt Mines ~
Where miners wake up at 4am and heads to the plain and start digging
till they break through water and mould the salt into piles so it dries up ~

Thirdly is the Incahuasi Island name means "Home of the Incas" ~
Standing on this endless white horizon, when it used to be a lake,
there's almost no vegetation or shelter, except for Incahuasi
and the "islands" with rocks that look like dead coral.
Imagine an island of coral can support life. Huge, thousand-old cacti 
dominate Incahuasi, sprouting up whenever there's room that amazes us.

We spend our first night in a Salt Hotel ~
Its very beautifully decorated up with pink curtain that makes it very cosy.
Night are cold here and everyone hit the sack before the sun goes down!


Woke up early the next day in darkness as there was no light in the room ~
Everyone just had to bring their own torch light.
1st morning destination is the at a Desert where we can watch the volcano
from far away, cant really remember what is the place call.

Follow on is the Altiplanic lagoons ~
Located 90kms from San Pedro, 4000m above sea level,
this lagoons attract a great variety of animals like flamingos.
One of the 7 sectors that conform Flamingos National Reserve.

Our stop at the Arbol de Piedra (Stone Tree) had us all in awe ~
With this particular rock projecting out of the sand dunes of Siloli desert 
has been whittled down into the shape of a tree over time by the sand and the 
winds speed that whips across 4000m high Bolivian Altiplano in colder months.
Looking much down at the Colorado River from the rim of the Grand Canyon,
it is incredible what simple elements like wind, sand and water can sculpt out of the earth!

Second night stay was bad, i was down with severe headache due
to the lack of water and slight fever so off to the bed i went right after dinner!


Last day of tour, Solar de Manaña geyser basin (4850m) ~
The highest elevation Geysers in Bolivia,a collection of bubbling sulfur pools 
and a geyser, normally visited just as the sun is rising. There are no railings here, 
but we had all the fun jumping over a small spurting geyser ~

Hot Spring was the best part for everyone but well not me ~
Termas De Polques was a natural hot spring with the backdrop of 
the blazing sun and mountains!

Salvador Dalí Desert, also known as Dalí Valley 
(Valle de Dalí), is an extremely barren valley of SW Bolivia, in the Potosi Department

That end the 3 days of tour! 
Whenever you are in SA, you gotten expect delay and wait!
Yes, so we waited another 3hrs for the bus to come and pick us up and head
into San Pedro de Atacama!!!!

reacHlng oUt @ 3:37 PM

* Monday, February 02, 2015 *

Day 3 - La Paz in Bolivia

Took a flight from BA and straight into Bolivia ~
Well as a noob in SA, i didnt expect the flight to delayed so long for 3hrs!
So we arrive midnight into our hostel ~

Based on the fact that Bolivia is one of the continent that epitomizes 
the authentic South America than any others continent. 
It is also one of the poorest and under-developed countries in the region
but most importantly, SA has all the beauty ingredients that defines it as a whole.

La Paz, Bolivia's capital sitting at a breathless altitude of 3360m
 (12000 feet) above sea level is the highest capital city in the world!
Nicknamed the 'city that touches the cloud'. 

The must-see places here are the famous Witches Market, Plaza Murillo,
Mirador Killi Killi and Plaza San Francisco can be well explore on by foot.

La Paz is a great city filled with old cobbled streets, 
winding alleyways  and colourful knitted item. 
As the local advice 'camina lentito, come poquito...y duerme solito',
(walk slowly, eat only a little bit and sleep by your poor little self) to
avoid feeling the effects of scorcher (altitude sickness). 
Indeed, we get so breathless by just climbing few stairs and walking up slope.

Plaza San Francisco is home to San Francisco Cathedral and notable
for its carved facade of indigenous symbols and is one of the finest
example of baroque-mestizo architecture in the Americas.

The Witches Market sells the most interesting and unusual items. From 
charms and cure from rituals, dried llama fetuses for offerings and 
different kind of magic, there is definitely something unique found here.

In the bustling streets, i love how the bolivian ladies sit in front of 
their stalls dressed up in the traditional bowler hat and colourful 
petticoats as they sell you all kinds of stuff. However, the knitted 
alpaca items, wood carvings, jewellery etc... are not cheap. 

With all the buildings sprawled out from the city and upwards 
along the mountains, La Paz look as if it is a never ending city. 
With the many lookouts around the city and the well known 
Mirador Killi Killi which is one of it. The first glimpse view 
from it is absolutely incredible and you will never want to leave 
the lookout point at any time.

Plaza Murillo is a place to chill with friends, people watch & feeding the pigeons.
The area is a good location to take photos of the colonial architecture which are all around it.
Overall this city that touches the cloud is a beautiful city that is worth a visit!

reacHlng oUt @ 8:55 PM