Monday, January 19, 2009

Salar de Uyuni and around

Stephe crouches on the Salar de Uyuni (Salt Desert of Uyuni).
Virginia holds a salt block. These blocks are used to make fences, houses, dining tables and chairs - basically everything you might need.
This clock is made of salt.
V crouches infront of a giant cactus.
Stephe points out how the rock is covered in fossilized coral, indicating that this salt desert near to 4000 metres above sea level was once covered in ocean waters.
V leans against a giant cactus to give you a sense of just how giant it is.
V lies on the desert floor, which you can see is virtually pure salt.
The ocean waters helped contour these rocks.
Vicuña are perhaps the largest wild animals around Salar de Uyuni.
Large rocks like these are only found in a few locations around the Salar de Uyuni.
V and Stephe stand infront of a rock formed before the ocean waters subsided.
Our guide takes a brake.
V climbs a rock with our fellow traveller Terry, from Australia.
Many thousands of Flamingos make the lagoons in this area their home.
Our guide is about to repair a flat tire. Before the trip was over, our truck broke down twice and had three flat tires, usually there was nothing but sand or salt for as far as the eye could see.

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