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Salar De Uyuni

A huge dessert of salt, once a sea and raised by tectonic activity, the scenery in and around the salar was simply amazing. We spent 4 days on a jeep tour of the area, which included not only the huge salar, but deserts scattered with stacks of rocks (something out of some Dali painting), coulered lagoons with flamengos, mountains of tousands of colours, amazing stars, amazing sunsets, and a spiritual sunrise. The stretching scenery also makes a great backdrop for "wacky crazy" perspective photos, in which one can apear to eat a car, or be bigger OR SMALLER than one really is, mental i know.

On the first day our jeep broke down, we had to spend 2 hours in the desert (actually quite cold!). But, it was a blessing in discuise - that night we slept in a tiny pueblo with no other tourists other than the 8 in our group of two 4x4s. The stars were absolutely incredible, the altiotude and freezing air must be near perfect conditions. Somehow i contracted the name monster. . The ffod on the tour was good, everything was really quite excellent. We were lucky and went with an amazing group, which makes everything better.

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Posted by josh denne 12:27 Comments (0)

Tupiza

sunny 28 °C

Tupiza, a small town a few hours from the border with Argy, is the setting for some of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". A cute little town, with treking and horseriding a plenty. We went Horserideing through the canyons, which was pretty awesome. My orse was slow and grumpy - untill i got a stick in my hand. We cantered through canyons and along traintracks.

We also booked a tour of THE tourist shit to do in bolivia, the salar of uyuni. 4 days in a jeep.

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Posted by josh denne 11:06 Archived in Bolivia Comments (0)

Crossing the Border

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Crossing the boarder from Argentina to Bolivia was the least official thing i have ever done. you stand in a "queue", although this descends into mayhem as South Americans just dont understand queing - God save The Queen. You pass a couple of people who look at stuff and stamp stuff, then walk across a bridge and you in Bolivia. There is absolutely nothing stopping you walking straight across the border without any formality, and the locals seem to make use of this fact. First Impressions of Bolivia - untidy, next question . . . .

Argentina, the land of wine, steak, and Beautiful Girls was fun. Walking in the lake distict was definately the high point. A future trip will definately include going further south and climbing a few mountains. People who go to antartica say it is the best thing they have ever done. Maybe another time.

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Posted by josh denne 10:56 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

Salta

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Salta would be my last big town before leaving Argentina. I stayed with Tony and the Canadian family in a quiet hostel near the centre. Suz met us there. We took a gondela up a hill on the edge of town, I ate empanadas, which was nice. We went horseriding with some "gauchos". Walked about a bit, bot much else really.

In salta you can really feel the aproaching bolivian, more indigenous influence. This basically means that everything is more dirty!! Well i guess that isnt all. But the people look alot more indian . . . Change is good i suppose.

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Posted by josh denne 13:19 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

Cordoba

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Cardoba is (i think) the second city of Argentina. There is not LOADS to see, i went to a couple of art museums, the natural history museum. But the hostel i stayed in was awesome, met some really great people. Including a young Canadian family travelling from central america right down to Argy. Just generally had a really great time. I went mountain biking with Edd an English in alta gracia. And i went to explore a town fabled for ufo sightings, nothing out of the ordinary that day.

The city has seven (count em) universities, so we went out a bit. The crazy Argentinians dont even think about leaving their houses until midnight, and often dont go into a club untill 1.30 or 2.00. They counteract the posiability of tiredness, by taking any and every opportunity to sleep. They will quite happily have 1 or 2 hours before going out drinking. Silly Folk.

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Posted by josh denne 12:18 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

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