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Day 69 Poor Man's Dakar - Special Stage #3

semi-overcast 15 °C
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Slightly hungover, we hit the breakfast and then the road.
It had rained heavily all night, so the "roads" are muddy and slippery, it shows, as we see a bunch of trucks and cars flipped over, on the side of the road. IMG_4819.jpg
Soon enough, our jeep gets stuck in the mud, trying to avoid collision with another car. Our companion jeep maneuvers, and pulls ours out of the mud pile. We will be driving a little bit more cautiously from now on, we hope.

IMG_4817.jpg An hour later we arrive at the Train Cemetery just outside Uyuni. This where all the decommissioned trains and cars are dumped to decay, but tourism managed to turn this sight in to a junkyard playground, they make great props for all sorts of pictures. IMG_4818.jpg

Next stop is Salar de Uyuni, world's largest salt lake and possibly the largest depository of lithium. ECB355572219AC68171AAAC02CB02680.jpg Due to heavy rain in the past couple of days, the water levels are relatively high and even some parts of the lake are inaccessible, this means we can not cover the whole lake, bummer.
We cruise the shallow waters of the lake in our jeeps and reach a dry part to take a break for lunch. IMG_4814.jpg Lunch is served from the back of the jeeps and had on the hoods. People are out making all sorts of fun photos, because the 3 cm water depth provides a great visual illusion by reflecting the pretty clouds and negates the horizon. IMG_4815.jpg
Filled to the brim with sights, nature and joy for the past three days, we bid farewell to everybody, some depart back to San Pedro, some to Potosi, we on the other hand spend the night in Uyuni in search of a hot shower. IMG_4813.jpg

Posted by ayca ozer 09:33 Archived in Bolivia Tagged desert train cemetery lake mud bolivia jeep illusion uyuni salar salk lithium

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