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It is hard enough for anyone to yank themselves out of bed at 4:30am, but crawling out from under warm, llama wool blankets after two days of off-roading adventure across southern Bolivia was nearly impossible.
Impossible, but only for all of about two minutes until we realized that today was the day! At 5am sharp we would finally be heading out to see the sunrise on the Salar de Uyuni salt flats – the experience we had been waiting for the entire trip.
Our jeep raced the sunrise and parked in the middle of the vast salt flats just as the blue night sky turned red just above the salty, white horizon. The salt crunched beneath us as we watched the sun rise, slowly painting different shades of red, orange and pink on the ground around us.
When the sun had risen far enough into the sky, our driver sped us off to the Isla De Incahuasi, a cactus-filled island surrounded by the salt flats. Here we hiked and had breakfast with hundreds of giant cacti behind us and salt sprawling out in front of us as far as the eye can see.
Considering this trip? Stay tuned for more detailed posts on this adventure soon!
Have you taken a trip across the Salar de Uyuni? We would love to hear your story and what company you went with.