My South American Travels

•Saturday, 22 October 2016 • Leave a Comment

A final post to show a map of my travels … awesome!

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Chile Salt Flats and home …

•Saturday, 22 October 2016 • 1 Comment

I am well and truly home now but haven’t quite finished the blog posts for the final weekend away … There was one final outing for me before I headed home. Very different to the Bolivian Flats but equally awesome …

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Yet more beautiful flamingoes

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… and then it was back to the hotel for R&R before the big trip home

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Leaving Bolivia … next stop Atacama desert in Chile

•Saturday, 15 October 2016 • 1 Comment

Bolivian border controls


Choices …


We turned right … finally civilisation to continue the birthday celebrations

From the Salt Flats to Chile

•Thursday, 13 October 2016 • 1 Comment

The final leg of our journey in Bolivia is across the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa – a Bolivian national park with unique landscapes of deserts, coloured lagoons, mountains, volcanoes and hot springs – headed all the way south to the border with Chile. We have a guide, Alan, and driver, who share our journey (they have been with us since Sucre). Much of the journey is in a Toyota Cruiser 4 wheel drive with rough terrain and high altitudes. Knowledgable, funny and caring, Alan makes the trip a really special one for his ‘girls’!

We have a long drive across the desert to our hotel – stunning scenery ..

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We are staying in a hotel at 4400m … and we start to celebrate Fran’s big birthday!

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The real birthday starts the next day – leaving at 6.30am for the Chile border visiting the Red Lagoon en route

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And then onto the Blue Lagoon

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The Bolivian Salt Flats

•Sunday, 9 October 2016 • 3 Comments

This is one of the highlights of our trip – we stayed in a salt hotel – Palacio de Sal. The hotel was stunning and driving across the flats awesome. The pictures don’t do it credit but I had a go!

Entering the flats …


Just being there …


Seeing the salt being mined


Sunset …

Travelling overland to Potosi

•Sunday, 9 October 2016 • Leave a Comment

We begin the next stage of our travels through Bolivia – driving to Potosi and then onto Uyni and the Bolivian salt flats. Potosi is a silver mining town. We visited the mine – think ‘Poldark tin mining’ – shocking, bleak, unsafe but a reality of Bolivian life.


The town is typically Bolivian – narrow streets, beautiful balconies, wires everywhere …


And always a bustling, crowded town square with table football for everyone  …

Discovering Sucre

•Saturday, 8 October 2016 • 1 Comment

A city tour to learn more about the culture and history of the capital city of Bolivia. Narrow streets with intricate balconies – the size and shape of the houses denoting servants and masters. 


Beautiful hidden courtyards 


A city for local people rather than the tourists … a line for the local hospital services …