Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My Playground.. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia :)

To play at the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.. the largest salt flats in the world..

Do not be deceived.. it took a lot of endurance, patience, and pain to get those pictures almost right.. if not right.. from both the photographers and subjects! :) But it was so much fun!!

We did a 3 day 4WD tour which included lagoons, deserts, volcanoes and hot springs. The salt flats area was actually just a part of the first day. And that's it. 

So when the tour guide told us it was time to take pictures.. we were all rushing to execute our ideas.. which we ran out of after a few minutes! haha :) 

Dinosaur at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Can you guess how many times I had to run back and forth to get these shots?

Dinosaur at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

I can't even remember! 

And at 3,656 meters above sea level.. the lack of oxygen and thin air didn't stop me! hehe ;)

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

We could not choose the people who would be in our 4WD vehicle for 3 days.. unless we booked a private tour, which was more expensive.. 

So all we could do was to hope that they were nice, and fun, and awesome, and amazing.. 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Thank God they were!! 

They would be singing and dancing in the car.. and ok.. oui, me too! ;)

I almost cried when we had to say our goodbyes / au revoir's :(

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Kneeling on salt? 

Now I understand why naughty kids in my country used to be punished by making them kneel on salt.. it looks inviting but it's actually hard, sharp, and painful! Even with my jeans on!

Summer at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

But then when you're tired from jumping and running.. the butt knows no salt! haha :)

Summer at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

We all had to wear our sunglasses because in the pictures, it is not obvious.. but the salt flats was really bright and glaring..

Summer at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

And it was also very hot.. with no shade anywhere, at all.. so I was hiding inside my hat ;)

4WD Land Cruiser at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Behind the scenes..

Red Planet at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

And our tour guide from Red Planet Expeditions, Luis.. who also served as our photographer!

Red Planet at Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Always not ready to leave.. Always the last one to leave..

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The team :)

Our guide handled two vehicles.. and this is all of us!

Just a very, very short clip to show you around ;)


As I have mentioned, the salt flats area was only done on the first day of the 3 day tour. 

But I wanted more.. I wanted to see it one last time!

Since we had 3 hours to spare before our bus ride back to La Paz, Bolivia.. I insisted to go back!

We quickly walked around town to scout for a tour operator who could drive us back to the salt flats and found Atacama Mistica..

David only spoke Spanish, but as long as he could drive..

And take pictures! ;) 

Unleashing all my rusty Spanish vocabulary.. I asked him if he knew how to take pictures..

He proudly answered that he was muy bien! very good! 

Indeed he was! This was his idea! :)

And lying down like this.. was ouch here, ouch there! haha! :)

Now although this shot didn't come out right.. I am sharing it just because it was the most exhausting pose of all! :P

He was figuring out the camera's automatic focus, and we were leaning on air for sooo long!

By the way, some friends were asking me if this was the mirror of the world.. 

Yes, it is.. but the reflection only happens during rainy season when the flats is covered with water :)

Finally.. the sun is setting..

So beautiful.. I really loved this moment.. 

It was just us.. and salt.. (and David)..

Who asked us to make a Corazon.. a Heart..

Cheesy.. but I think it came out.. hhmm.. cute ;) 

A sunset date at the Bolivian Salt Flats.. Once in a lifetime..

We almost missed our 10-hour bus ride back to La Paz..

But whatever happened.. it was all worth it! :)

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