We started our Bolivian Salt Flats tour exactly one month ago. While I’m not ecstatic to be so far behind in blogging my travels, having that break in between taking and uploading these photos has given me a new appreciation for the incredible landscapes we saw.
We’ve been travelling non-stop for almost 7 months now and unfortunately it’s kind of easy to become complacent and not fully appreciate what you’re seeing at the time. So I constantly remind myself to look around (not just through my camera lens), breathe deeply, take mental photographs and take in the sounds and smells as well. Moving on.
The Bolivian Salt Flats was up there with Macchu Pichu for me. I’d seen a million photos and couldn’t wait to get there and experience the place. I wasn’t disappointed.
Andrew, myself and our friends from England Ollie and Anna (whom we met on our Amazon tour) booked a four day tour around the Salt Flats and neighbouring areas with La Torre Tours. I’d been recommended La Torre and had seen positive reviews on other blogs but I wouldn’t recommend them. The food was awful and our driver tried to convince us to forgo our final night because “it will be cold”, allowing him to finish a day earlier. Never mind the fact that we’d be missing out on a night of accommodation and two meals we’d already paid for!
We still managed to have an amazing time. Without further ado, here are a million photos:
Of course we took the classic perspective photos that everyone takes on the Salt Flats. We found ideas online and came up with some ourselves. We actually had to convince our driver to pull over so we could take the photos as we could tell we would lose light pretty soon. It was awkward.
When we were done we continued on to the aptly named Cactus Island, in the middle of the flats.
It’s really strange seeing nothing but white and then suddenly coming across a big hill covered in giant cactuses.
After the Cactus Island we pulled up to catch the sunset.
We took the opportunity to take a few more perspective photos:
And finished the day with the old jumping photo:
That evening we stayed in a salt hotel where the walls, tables, chairs and bed bases are all made from salt. We also waited a very long time for a pretty average meal while all the tables around us tucked into hearty spaghetti bolognese. You win some, you lose some!
More from the Salt Flats (including flamingos!) to come.