The three-day Jeep tour from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia was hands down one of the best experiences of my life. Ever.
The company; the surroundings; the locals; the adventure.
I’d highly, highly recommend if you need to get from Point A to Point B – don’t fly, don’t take the bus. Take a Jeep. But, of course, choose a reputable tour with a good safety record. (I’ve actually forgotten what agency we went with but I’ll pop it in here if/when I remember.)
On the way we passed Laguna Colorada, Laguna Misteriosa, Laguna Verde … lagoons so clear, lagoons full of thousands of flamingos. I know I’ve said it before but I’d never experienced anything like this before. Forget the lack of wifi, plumbing (take two rolls of toilet paper everywhere). None of it matters when this is what you’re looking at.
We got to dine with the locals, watch football with them (something they take very, very seriously). The experience was very humbling. Everybody welcomed us with open arms and did the best to make us feel comfortable, despite the language barrier.
We stayed in this salt hotel on our last night, before seeing the salt flats. I can’t say whether I was any more relaxed because of the nature of the hotel (or if I was just really tired), but it was undoubtedly cool. I mean, look at those bricks of salt! The beds are also made of them – for real.
And here’s something I’d been dreaming of experiencing for years: Salar de Uyuni. The world’s largest salt flats.
We woke up at the break of dawn to experience the sunrise and it was just incredible. There was nobody else in sight (which was slightly scary when our guide had to leave us for an hour or so). Just 10,000 square kilometres of salt. And no, I did not try any.
And, one of the last stops: Isla Incahuasi. More hiking was involved (it’s actually easier to name activities that don’t involve this).