Day 43 May 30

Countries 6    Hotels 18    Cars 35

Flights 11:flying time 46.07 hours

Rickshaws 4    Buses 3    Elephant 1    Boat 1

Cog-wheel train 2    Cable cars 4    Subway 4    Ferry 2

Minibus 20    Coach 2    Catamaran 1    Funicular 3

Pick up truck 1    Land cruiser 7


The first one and a half hours of this morning were taken up with trying to find somewhere to get my second injection.  The hospital staff were all having a meeting, a couple of places where they can give jabs were too busy and eventually we found a clinic which did the job.  All through this both the driver and the guide were smiles, nothing too much trouble, the driver lives in Uyuni and knows the place well so he was able to suggest places to go, when I finally came out of the clinic with Eusebio and gave a thumbs up, he was all smiles.  Audley guides/drivers, are. the. best.

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At 12, 100 square kilometres, Uyuni Salt Flats are the highest and largest salt pan in the world. The salt dries in hexagonal slabs and there is also an area where the water bubbles up, a bit like a geyser only it’s not hot.

We stopped off at a place where the salt is processed and then we went to Colchani, one of the many islands on the salt flats. It took nearly an hour and a half to drive to the island, showing how massive the salt flats are.

This island is covered in cacti, and one can climb to the top for great views over the flats, unfortunately I wasn’t in any condition to go hiking up rocks, but I did climb a bit of the way up and took some photos.  As ever Eusebio was happy to go ay my pace, he is such a sweetie.

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We stopped to photo more flamingos and llamas, but we didn’t do some of the planned tour because I wasn’t well enough.  I was happy I managed to do what I did though.

Now I’m not a fan of being photographed, one; because I know what I look like, and two; why ruin a perfectly good photo by putting me in it!  However there are times when I have to override these rules, and Eusebio had been saying he wanted to do some perspective photos of me on the salt flats, because he thought I would really like them,  even though he knew I didn’t like being photographed.  He had been so brilliant looking out for me over the last couple of days I agreed, and so I post these two shots, as a tribute to the guide, and driver,  who did that extra bit more than they had to.

My heroes.  Eusebio is in the red top.

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