After leaving Peru, the last couple of weeks have taken me through Bolivia and into the Atacama desert in Chile… and I’ve had the time of my life with an amazing group of people!
We started off in La Paz, a very unique city with hustle and bustle, people everywhere, car horns constantly beeping and dead llama foetuses hanging outside stores in the Witches’ Market. I haven’t seen another place like it… a few days there were enough for me but it was definitely a place I had to experience (together with all its roast chicken)! We then moved on to Sucre for dinosaur footprints, salsa dancing and partying Bolivian style!
Llama foetus hanging in Witches’ Market
The highlight of my trip was the three day journey in 4 wheel drives starting from Uyuni and ending up at the Chilean border. Visiting the Salar de Uyuni (salt flats) was an incredible experience… with the clouds so low it sometimes felt like they were touching the ground… an absolutely breathtaking place! Taking funny photos in the Salar was quite entertaining!
Salar de Uyuni
It’s difficult to describe the sheer amount of natural beauty I’ve seen over the past few weeks. Natural wonders such as volcanoes, lagunas and geysers were mesmerizing as was the wildlife along the way. Some of the memories I’ll take away with me forever are watching the sunset in the freezing cold with volcanoes, lakes and flamingoes in the foreground, walking through Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley) in the Atacama desert, and above all, sitting in a natural hot springs looking out at the horizon with volcanoes and natural geysers in the distance.
It wasn’t always fun and games… it was painfully cold during the night, no light in the ‘hotels’ in the Salar… no hot showers in some places… stale bread at times for breakfast… and altitude sickness… but all that was worth it for the amazing places I got to see!
Having arrived in Santiago and saying goodbye to my tour group, my next stop is Argentina and the vineyards of Mendoza! This is the one country in South America I most wanted to visit… I can’t wait!