The ten hour bus ride from San Pedro de Atacama in Chile across the border to Salta in Argentina was by far one of the most spectacular bus journey’s we have ever taken. The bus made its way over high altitude lunar landscapes, passed flamingo filled lakes, volcanic peaks, and rolling Andean mountains. As the bus navigated its way down the windy roads on the Argentine side of the Andes, we were mystified by the rainbow coloured mountains and quaint little mud-brick villages. It was certainly worth every penny of the AUS$56 we forked out for the trip. Sadly our faces were too busy being stuck to the window, in awe of the view, to bother taking photos, unlike the guy in front of us who was snapping away constantly the whole trip. Click, click, click!
Our arrival into San Pedro de Atacama came with a bit of a come down ending in a bump – a bump the size of a Volcano. After the confusion we had gone through with Oscar and Dennis, at the Bolivian-Chile border at the end of the Salt Flats Tour, we finally found our ride to San Pedro, only to learn they had one less seat than we needed. Travelling in a group of four (including our tour buddies Laura and Phil) there was only 3 seats left so one of us had to make do with a cool box/esky as a seat, Phil volunteered for the cool seat.
At 3600m above sea level, the Salar de Uyuni is the highest Salt Flat in the world, and at over 10,000 square kilometres it is also the biggest. The Salt Flat was formed many moons ago as a large ancient lake dried up leaving behind the whitest, flattest expanse of salt you have ever seen. The only way to experience the Salt Flats is by jumping in a 4x4 with a bunch of fellow travellers and driving across it. We organised our trip to launch from Tupiza with our new friends Laura and Phil. You can read more about organising the trip in our Tupiza post.