114 - 24th March 2006 - Salar de Uyuni - Day 1


the train cemetary


kindof like scrapheap challenge


with lots of old parts of trains


irun


but with some good views


pip and david by the train


bit of a train


adam, gary, nicole, pip and david go for a climb


yeehaa!


gary on top of the train


view from the top


and the other direction!


chris playing on the train


local wildlife


more cool train shots


the road to the salt flats


Ofri and Bhanu at the market


the market in uyuni


heading out to the salf flats


Our guide Browlio explains how the salt gets from the flats to the table


the factory where the salt is heated and bagged


the fire for heating


refining the salf


bagging the salt


salt goods market, everything from dice to ashtrays


david made a friend in the salt sculpture museum


salt sculpture


pip in the salt museum


salt sculpture


nicole also made a friend


baby Llama


the salt wasn't that stable and sometimes you lost your foot


Chris and Nicole


Chris


Kim


David


Adam


Chris


the salt flat


the workers make these salt pyramids, which then are left to dry


before a truck somes along and collects them all up


salt pyramid


washing the salt from his shoes!


chris and pip on the salt flat


the “eye” where sulphur bubbles through the salt


bubble, bubble


Ofri decides to take a spin on top of his jeep


driving across the salt flat


the salt hotel we stay at for lunch


exiting the salt hotel


flags outside the salt hotel


irun doing a karate kid pose


all the boys pose on the pyramids, chris, david, adam, jamie, gary, ben and irun


all the girls, sharon, pip, bhanu, trish, sarah and winnie


no traffic problems out here!


no lanes really either!


the salt makes cool hexaganol patterns


blue and white


Chris and his Salta beer


Chris and Adam


Ofri


Chris and Sarah


The group - Trish, irun, jamie, bhanu, gary, winnie, ben, ofri, sarah, pip, chris, adam, nicole, chris, kim, david and sharon


no horizon


car advert


salt flat


Playing with perspective is fun


upside down shot


Chris, adam, ben and david decide some country dancing is in order


chris


close up


salt close up


the water was quite deep in places


so there was a road of sorts


cacti island


road to the salt hotel


sort rest stop


cacti


devils cave and tourist attraction


Chris catched a skittle whilst waiting for the others


devils cave


Devils Cave is an Ancient cemetary


mountains surround the salt flats


so the scenery is quite spectacular


sunset


galaxy cave


inside the galaxy cave


galaxy cave


close up


view from outside the galaxy cave


chris ponders where the nearest bar is


from the top of the island


sunset


and again


we watch the sunset from the top of the jeeps, ofri and chris


i'm sure it will be back tomorrow


but it is pretty


bye!


the salt hotel only has electricity from 7.30-9.30pm, otherwise it is candlelight and torches


the stars are amazing - orion on the left


the stars and the salt hotel