Sorry Sucre but you are not deserved of an entire post. Yes it was cute but nowhere near as happening or as big as La Paz and they call themselves the capital of Bolivia! I read you could loose yourself here for days… All I can say is anyone that loses themself here clearly can’t read a map! They didn’t even have Bridget Jones in English at the cinema, we would have taken English subtitles we were that desperate, gutted. I ate a crisp sandwich, Charlotte went on a mad food binge and ate her weeks calories in one day… animal haha, then we searched for coffee all day and somehow had several failed attempts, one being we ordered a chocolate espresso in a chocolate shop but after discovered it was just an espresso shot of chocolate no coffee, it was amazing though! Contrary to what you may think, it’s actually been difficult to get a good coffee in South America. To sum it up we ate a lot (nothing new) did an uninspiring walking tour, went to a mini Eiffel Tower which is made by the same guy that made the real deal in Paris, then went to watch a dancing show which was fun. Don’t get me wrong I had a laugh but that was the company with the Irish girls and co not so much the place. I wasn’t drinking here too due to antibiotics still, bore off. Anyway so we quickly left here for Uyuni with our Cali friend Connie that we met in La Paz.
We took a local bus which was one of the worst we’ve been on, it was freezing and only semi karma and got there at 4am. Luckily I had booked the trek already and Waldo was there waiting to pick us up at 4am which was the best thing ever. It was bloody freezing and he had a car with heating so we were over the moon at not having to haggle a taxi in the early am! Waldo took us to Nonis coffee shop (she’s obviously his friend or family who he’s getting business for but we were quite happy to oblige) she’s like the cutest little old nan that put the heater on for us then we sat drinking the best hot choc, breakfast and had wifi from about 4.30am until 10am when we had to start the trek. Time flies when you’re having fun though.
Day 1 I’ll try to keep this as short and sweet as possible. We were in the car with 3 girls who had met people we knew travelling, small world for sure! First stop was the old train cemetery, basically train carcus’s and an old railway line. I had to get a new hat seen as though I lost my old one, it’s cold but hot at the same time and the UV rays are super strong, you definitely need sunglasses too because the light is too bright with the reflection of the salt.
Next stop was the actual salt flats where everyone spends hours getting THE perfect salt flats photo. It’s an amazing place and the scenery is just surreal. It just takes a while for everyone to pose for their pretty pictures…as you can see ours were the best obviously🙂 Oh and obviously there are giant Guinea pigs and T-Rex’s ;)
Day 2 We had to get up at 5.30am then strangely went to a small village where there was just a shop and a toilet and we sat for a while to wait for the guide. There was a doll on the gate to the village and apparently it’s to warn thieves that they will kill them if they intrude. 2 months prior 2 guys had attempted to rob them so they shot them, it’s so deserted that there’s no police. Citizens arrest at its finest! Then we went to the rock canyon and climbed a few rocks for a while… avidly named. Luckily we had an aux lead and me and another girl also named Grace (grrr, just kidding) had music on our phones so we were entertained on the long drive. We had a few stops at a few lakes which were really pretty with lots of flamingos. It was bloody freezing so we didn’t stay at each stop long. Our guide was really nice but didn’t speak English so luckily Connie translated as much as she could and I understood a lot of it. He would stop and make us get out to take photos even if we didn’t want to haha. It was worth it when we did it was just a bit cold and we were tired. Most of them didn’t rate the food but I enjoyed it, it’s classic trek food and I am easily pleased with regards to food, I was chuffed we got avacado and an orange, I’ve not had one of them for weeks! We stayed in a bed made of stone with mattresses on, luckily we had super warm North Face sleeping bags and quilts and I slept in my jumpers, hat and gloves and eventually got warm. I didn’t sleep much though due to the altitude which causes an anxiety feeling in the night like I can’t breathe! Darn altitude causes so many problems.
Day 3 The final day was a 4am wake up, so I was pretty tired but we did get the best pancakes for breakfast and got to see the sun rise over the mountains. The views are just unreal and I loved the whole trek, the people were lovely and the music well, singing Adele, Tinie Tempah and Britney who could ask for anything more in life! We went to the gaizers which are bubbling springs with steam coming out and they smell like egg…We stopped at the hot springs but it was pre 9am and bloody freezing so none of us got in we just watched and laughed at people getting out running for their towels!
My favourite lake was the last of the day which was lake verde (green lake, very creative I know) I also made a stacked stone tower which is a Buddhist tradition. The stacking of stones signifies the coordination, balance and concentration needed to control the mind and body.
Much love OTA xxx