Making the most of a Friday feriado, we planned a spontaneous and ambitious weekend trip to Bolivia. Although the main reason for this had been to see the famous Salar de Uyuni, our 4-day tour surpassed all of our expectations and was so much more than the salt flats.
We started in the dry and dusty town of Tupiza, where we set off into the mountains in our 4×4. Tupiza is already at an altitude of 2850m and we kept climbing – as high as 4800m.. We didn’t give ourselves enough time to acclimatise, so struggled with altitude sickness for the first few days, but it was so worth it.
The landscape of Bolivia is mind-blowing; mountainous and volcanic, at times it felt like we were driving across Mars. We saw snow-capped peaks, red and green lakes, fields of quinoa and rocks sculpted by the desert winds.
We saw flamingos, ostriches and llamas. We bathed in 36 degree hot springs. The stars were like nothing I’d ever seen before. The sky was dizzy with them, so bright and twinkly that they didn’t seem real. It was exhilarating.
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