Uyuni and the Southwestern Circuit, or the one where I can only describe it in photos

People often ask me how I am going to cope with a return to the cold of England. While it’s true that we’ve had more than our fair share of days in the hot hot sun, mainly Bolivia isn’t like that. The highlands are COLD. We arrived in Uyuni, a small desert town at 3656m altitude, at 5am without anywhere to stay, and wandered shivering around town for somewhere which was open, and that wasn’t even as cold as we’d get over the next few days…

There is basically nothing in Uyuni. The reason people go there is to visit the iconic nearby salt flats, so there is a handful of tourist restaurants and some accommodation and that is really it. You can visit the flats on a day trip, but the more common option is the do the 3 day ‘southwestern circuit’, a 4×4 trip which takes you across the salt, into the stunning Eduardo Avaroa national reserve which is full of bizarre landscapes, interesting wildlife, and high, high altitudes. We took this circuit and it was so worth it. We spent less on it than expected (for one we didn’t have an English speaking guide which was fine because we actually understood the Spanish, progress!) and took way more photos than expected, so to fit as much of them in as possible I’m going to do this in photos and captions… here we go:

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Not many words are needed to go with all this – it was a very visual few days. It really cemented our love of Bolivia, as there are such stunning and varied landscapes and such a lot to do. It also felt very strange as it was the last big thing on my list of things to do before getting back to England. Things definitely starting to wind down…

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