Despite the heavy rains that had been plaguing southern Bolivia for a few weeks, by the time we got to the Salar de Uyuni, most of the rain water had cleared – except for a layer of water on the actual salt flats itself. Roads were now completely usable, and we had very few fears of our jeep getting stuck out on the cold Salar somewhere.
We awoke at 5 am to get going on the day. During our slow drive, we were greeted by an amazing sunrise that reflected like a mirror on the Salar’s watery surface:
We stopped at the Hotel del Sal and had breakfast. The hotel itself is kinda crazy – it’s completely made of blocks of salt from the Salar! The ceilings, walls, furniture, and strange sculptures were all made from the salt flats.
Afterwards, we had a chance to hang out on the Salar and take photos. I wish I had more people to take weird photos with me, but I didn’t feel like doing anything too creative. I kinda regret that now. Some of other groups took some amazing perspective photos!
As dope as the experience was, it was a shame that the rains were too heavy to allow us to visit the “islands” in the middle of the Salar and the volcanos. That will have to be for the next time.