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My Journey Round The World

279 days on the road…


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Next day after stopping at a pre-Inca cimetery at San Juan de Rosario – interesting to see that at the other side of the planet, as the Egyptian, important people were buried with their belonging! - seeing llamas and vicunas ; we crossed the Salar de Chiguana and had a last look at the Tunapa volcan before arriving at the first lagoon Cañapa, Hedionda, Charcota and Honda again with vicunas all around and the amasing flamingos… We had quick lunch around one of the lagoon – cannot remember which one! - in front of flamingos :) before heading to Laguna Colorada at around 4 300 metres hight, with more flamingos on a beautiful color of water. Entrance in the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa was supposed to be 30 Bolivianos but from January 1st it is now 150 Bolivianos!!! Quite a big inflation – as they had the same price since 10 years and need to be at the same level as Chile! Luckily Nicolau was great in explaning that we were not aware of it! So we managed to pay 30 instead of 150 as it was the first day of the year. On our way we crossed the Desierto Siloli – where it was really windy and started to be cold – where we could admire the beautiful mountain with 7 different colors – sorry I forgot the name! and see the Arbol de Piedra. Fantastic :)

Next morning - after sleeping at 4315 metres hight! - wake up at 4:30am to head to the geysers Sol de Mañana. Water vapour is really hot but it was freesing cold! – lucky us it’s now summer here! Impressive! If you stay too long – even if not! – you’re cover with grey sulfur - my camero still have memories... It was great to see the sun on the mountains around and still the full moon behind the smoke… Then we head to the aguas caliente for our breakfast – yes Gregoire, we didn’t eat before leaving… But we were just sitting in a Jeep. Ok I had some bread left and everybody was happy to have a piece :) Except the guide, but we always wonder how they survive! :)while guides are preparing breakfast, you can have a short bath but I have to say that at 7am with such cold temperature, I just put my hands in it!
Breakfast settle we shortly stop at the Laguna Verde – which wasn’t verde as our guide told us it’s usualy emerald green in the afternoon… We went to the Chile border to drop off Rose & Nicolau before going back to Uyuni, nearly 8 hours drive – where I started to hate Jeep – with only 2 stops to see the so called Salvador Dalí desert and some funny rocks as well as a short natural break in a middle of llamas! Landscape were just fantastic!

After such a – jeep – trip I was happy to be back in Uyuni at the hotel Avenida with a good bed and hot shower to relax, where the friendly landlord asked me when I left, when I will be back with my kids! ;) I hope to be able to do it with them one day for sure! :)

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