Potosi to Uyuni
06.10.2018 The girls seemed oblivious of the paysage. I could not blame them. Mountains and valleys do not affect them that much. Though the presence of llamas does. There were ooohs!! and ahhs! everytime both of them see the llamas grazing. This ride was short compared to the previous ones yet displays the vastness and beauty of Bolivian nature.
We took a taxi from our hotel to the Potosi Ex Terminal for an Uyuni bound bus. As usual, we did not reserve our tickets. The girls paid full and there’s also a terminal fee collected by a woman who stood infront of the bus scheduled to leave. With some fruits, chifles and sodas, we were ready to go.
- bus : Turismo 11 de Julio
- uso de terminal : Bs. 1.- (the girls did not pay)
- ticket to Uyuni : Bs. 25.-/person (no reduction for the girls)
Some might find this less important yet when you’re tired, all you wanted to do is find your seat number (unless the driver said that it’s asiento libres) These numbers could sometimes be found where the lights and a.c. are.
We reserved a room in Uyuni for one night. Our accommodation, kidded Carlo, is a preparation for Japan’s capsule room. The girls were in one room with a bunk bed and ours is just 5 steps away. We are for windows and well-lit rooms but in case it’s the opposite, I’m still grateful that we have a room for the night.
Erin’s 9th birthday celebration
We celebrated our youngest birthday in Uyuni and went to a resto called Cactus,where we had a free cocktail c/o a flyer found in an agency.
There was no cake or brownies available in the mercado so she chose banana with chocolate as postre. And with some candles and sprinkles bought earlier her “cake” was then complete. It’s true, happiness can be found in pink and blue cake sprinkles just look at her face. 😉
Cost of the 3 day tour for a family of 4: Bs. 3000.-
Tour includes: transport,food and accommodation
Not included: Isla entrance fee(30.-) Nat’l park entrance fee (150) Aguas termales (6), shower/C.R. en route
The departure was at 10h30. We replenished our “snack bag” after depositing our baggage we’d leave behind during our 3 day tour. The german couple who would be in our group turned out to be a french couple in their early 20’s.
We spent the night in Los Lipez. One has to pay Bs 10.- for the shower which is usually locked. Someone would hand the key and would say “10 minutos”! Hmm, was hoping to stand in the shower for a day…Zut, alors!
We left the hostal before 8h and headed to another attraction. Our stops varied from 5-30 minutes and the drive were quite long.
“Imagine how many slimes we can make w/ those borax. ” Ate said,seeing the borax on the lake.
At night,we stayed in another hostal, which was more basic compared to the the one in Los Lipez. It was so cold that 3 blankets were not enough. Though we had an option to rent a sleeping bag, we skipped it thinking that with our alpaca socks, bonnet and sweater it would be okay. And we were wrong!
We were to wake up at 4h in the morning and should leave between 4h30-4h40. We decided not to wake the girls up at 4am and instead let them sleep until it was time to go.
I woke up early, too early in fact! 🙂 It turned out that I still have the local time in PERU in my cellphone. Imagine Carlo’s face when he found out. So my 4am was actually 3am and Peruvian time. I was ready to go, our bags as well. 🙂 Anyway, Carlo and I went back to sleep. Telling myself that at least I do not need to hurry changing coz I already did, but we woke up 15 past 4h. We quickly grabbed some coffee, munched a pancake and managed to leave 10 before 5h. As we headed to out, the other groups were also starting to leave for the day’s excursion.
Carlo and his llamas in images
By 9h on the third day, we were on the border of Chile and left Tim and Laura to board their vehicle which will take them to Atacama. We stopped for lunch and then to the Valle de las Rocas. Before 16h30 we arrived in Uyui.
We were given list of our 3 day tour and snack was not included. I was worried that there won’t be any tienda along the way. Yet, in some stops, there were possibilities to buy and get bottles of water or other snack.
We have been really lucky having french couples in our group. First in Cuyabeno, then in Salar tour. The latter didn’t return to Uyuni after our tour but continue to Chile.
The tour has showcased Bolivia’s amazing landscape and we were in awe of it all. Gracias, Bolivia!