Day 4 - Salar de Uyuni
Slept very good in the Salt Hotel in Atullcha (3700m). Did not feel as cold and coming down from 4600m altitude it also feels like beeing on "normal" hight.
We had to get up at 5am, pack our stuff and left at 5.40am to drive to Salar de Uyuni, to hike the "Cactus" Island to view a magnificat sunrise. We just made it in time.
From the top of the island we had a 360 degree view of the salt flat and surroundings.
The little island (volcanic origin) has more then 5000 huge and very old cactus which originated since 1200 years ago. We then had breakfast before heading deeper into the salt flats to take some loco (crazy) pictures.
The biggest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni is amazing. It compromises over 10000 km2 and is over 10m thick in the center. Below the Salt Flats contains the worlds largest reserves of Lithium, estimated to power all the electric cars and iphones for the next 100 years. Bolivia is sitting on a vast fortune and will not sell the mining rights to any non Bolivien company, but are instead working with a Dutch company on developing the exploration tools so in order to mine for themselves.
Just a little outside of the town Uyuni is the train cemetery which also was included in the tour. So many old trains.
We saw so much in them 4 days, so many different animals and landscape and how people live in this rural environment.
Just an incredible, extraordinary and unforgetable adventure! It is a real highlight!
Worlds largest salt flats
Train cemetery with trains going back to the 19th century
More spinich needed me thinks
Our route over the 4 days