After 1 day and 1 night on the Salar de Uyuni, we spent 2 days in the Uyuni (Lipez) region, close to the Chilean border.
Very nice sceneries even though we had to change the plans and to stay below 4.300 meters as it was snowing above that altitude.
It looks red… Yes! We could reach « Laguna Colorada ».
Who would expect to meet ostriches in Bolivia at very high altitude…? Not us… but SURPRISE, we managed to find it!
Sunrise in Uyuni before boarding in the plane to La Paz
Nuestra Señora de la Paz
Arriving in La Paz from El Alto… Impressive!
Bolivia Presidential Palace on La Paz Main Square « Plaza Murillo »
National Congress :
If you love pigeons, you should definitely go to Plaza Murillo! Thousands of them there!
Very nice hotel bedroom… We would recommend that hotel for sure.
Ask us the name of the hotel if you are planning to go to La Paz
Like in many other places, delicious dishes in La Paz
Quinoa desserts… Quinoa ice cream, quinoa cheesecake,…
Titicaca – Bolivia
On the way to Copacabanaaa! Titicaca lake is so BIG!
Leaving PERU… for a few days
This brings luck! Si si!
Let’s go on cruise!
No, not on this one! On that one :
In fact, we were on both boats: the bigger one for main journeys and for the night. The smaller boat made of totora reeds was (only) for a short fun cruise on the next day.
Nice view from the bed, isn’t it?!
SUN ISLAND on lake Titicaca :
Wonderful! We love it! What a scenery! Beautiful mountains.
Sun rise on sun island on Titicaca lake
Will you find out what it is…? We saw it next to the village at the start of one 3-4 hour hike.
On one Inca trail
We met one shaman. Youpie!
Clouds look so low and so big!
Back to Lima
We are back to Lima, this time in its downtown to discover the city and enjoy 2 relax days before flying back to Europe. Then to say Adios to Latin America, which is wonderful.
But first, one picture showing the effect of 4000 meter pressure difference on one empty plastic bottle
On the shore
Government palace on Plaza Mayor
Other official palaces
The beautiful (too) archbishop’s palace
Big works. We will have to come back to see the results
Delicious Belgian cookies in a Lima supermarket!
Next to INCA KOLA
Excellent food in a gastronomic restaurant :
So delicious! Mmmmh we are hungry again
We got there : UYUNI
One city very far from Brussels and Slovakia 4 flights needed to get here.
After 3 days on Titicaca lake among which one night on Sun island, we passed by La Paz to fly to Uyuni.
Like in many other cities and towns in Peru and Bolivia, there is a big kid’s playground in Uyuni, too.
Getting to the main goal of the journey to Uyuni : the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat.
More than 10.000 km², like 1/3 of Belgium or a bit more than 1/5 of Slovakia!
It contains 50 to 70% of the world’s lithium reserves!
If you go there, do not forget to bring a Slovak flag. It is not there, yet.
Incahuasi island in the center of the flat.
Impressive to see 60-70 km or more far on all sides.
Impressive, too, to see the +/- 6000 cactuses that are on the island.
Very comfortable bedroom in the salt hotel
You probably know this flag…
It was quite surprising to see on the top of several public buildings…
But very logical, too, because it is Cusco city flag!
Titicaca – Peruvian shore
We got here The highest navigable lake in the world : almost 4.000 meters!
MACHU PICCHUUUuuuuu : CONQUERED! YES!
Spent one whole day there. Among the first visitors to get in (6 AM!) and the last ones to leave (5 PM)!
It is such an amazing place! The most wonderful site each of us has been able to see until now!
The bonus : admiring Machu Picchu from the top of the mountain next to it, Huayna Picchu.
Still, you have to deserve it. It is an impressive climb up (and down)!
Did you notice…? There is a surprise if you look at Machu Picchu 90 degrees on the side…
They probably used Photoshop for this one Still, if you are lucky and at the exact right place, reality can almost look like it.
View from Chinchero
Salineras de Maras
Getting to Apu Lodge in Ollantaytambo
I look like a real backpacker! No?
Some more pictures :
First altitude test while discovering the Colca Canyon :
- Wonderful sceneries! Very deep canyon and very high mountains and volcanoes!
- We saw condors!
- Night in Cabanaconde over 3.000 meters!
- View point around 4.900 meters! + one hour walk around 3.800 meters
All went well!
Here are some pictures…
Coca and mixed herbs tea = no problem with altitude
Probably the highest point of our trip
Colca Canyon and Valley
Meeting the locals…