On this third day, we leave the Lipez desert and the national reserve pf « Eduardo Avaroa » to continue our journey toward north and the Uyuni Salar.
On the Google map below, our day trip is in green:
We drive along the Chili border (on our left) and as well along so many different volcanos that have shaped this area.
Our first stop is at the Stone tree (El Arbol de Piedra), large stone shaped by the wind and looking like a tree. Around it, all the rocks have been shaped but not as a tree or something else.
The colors around us range from red to yellow. The sulphur from the volcano sometimes pushes them to white..
We then cross successively 5 different lagon, all different. La Laguna Ramaditas, la Laguna Honda, La Laguna Chiarkota, la Laguna Hedionca and finally la Laguna Canapa which make for the traveller this special gem road.
At the end of this amazing road, a breathtaking view onto the Ollague volcano for our lunch break.
From there, we can see not one, but three volcanos. The Ollague is in semi-activity as we can see some fumaroles from the left top.
We getting back onto the road to reach the shore of Uyuni Salar at the end of the day following the Tunupa volcano as our landmark. It is located on the north shore of Uyuni, and we will reach the salar from its south shore.
Little by little, the landscape changes. We cross the small salar of Laguani, then start to notice Uyuni salar shore. Around it, the locals farm Quinoa which doesn’t require much water.
And finally we arrived in our salt hotel where we will spend the night.
We then climb the hill located behind the salt hotel. It will take us half and hour of effort to reach the top, just on time to admire an astonishing sunset on the side of the salar.
That is it for our third day and last night…
Below the last pictures of a great day (again):
Tomorrow, we will walk on the salar!!!
Blog you soon,
Links toward the other days of the road trip:
- Day 1: The Lipez desert
- Day 2: Discovering the national reserve “Eduardo Avaroa”
- Day 4: We walked on the Uyuni Salar
Tagged: Arbol de piedra, Eduardo Avaroa, gem road, Laguani salar, laguna canapa, laguna chiarkota, laguna hedionca, Laguna honda, Laguna Ramaditas, Ollague volcano, Quinoa, salt hotel, Siloli desert, Tree stone, Tunupa volcano, uyuni, uyuni salar