There is a place on the verge of Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and Peru, that is known under variety of names. For some, this is a Tibet of South America, because it´s the world´s second largest mountain plateau after Tibet. Dry and overwhelming. In Spanish speaking world, this is Altiplano, so literally a „high flat”, mostly known for Salar de Uyuni – a vast field of pure salt that used to be a sea. In Bolivia only, this place probably has more than 36 names – because that´s a number of official languages here, inlcuding Aymara and Quechua. For me, Altiplano is like I would imagine a surface of Mars – rocks, sands, distant mountains in unwordly colours… with some small exception – minus 4 x 4 jeeps filled with Brasilians, Uruguayans and Poles having fun together!

This time we´re writing in English, because we´ve just had a great 3 days around Salar with an advanturous international crew.
@ new friends in Montevideo, San Paulo and Brasilia and other remote places which names I can´t rember – as soon as you sort out these hundreds of pictures we took together, let us know! Or if you wish to pop up for a bowl of Polish pierogi (unbelievable some of you already mentioned it) – just feel invited to Poland!

Altiplano in a nutshell: we took the route from San Pedro in Chile to Uyuni in Bolivia. The first day was about grey geisers, greenish hot springs, red and blue lagunas with pink flamingos and interestingly, trying to sleep through the night at 4200 m in a cold bunkhouse without a proper acclimatisation. The second day was about fighting the need to sleep, getting used to moon-like mountains, more lagunas and more flamingos and looking forward to Felix (our driver and papá for the time being) to pull a lunch of rice, tuna, tomatoes and cola. The third day was about waking up at 5 (thank you, Danielle!) for the sunrise in the Salar de Uyuni and visiting the unthinkable island of cactuses in the middle of the sea of salt.

A great moment happened unexpectedly in the Salar in a place with flags of various countries on a display. You can be suprised looking at the photos, how come there was also a Polish flag among just few flags from South America. The thing is, there wasn´t one – it´s just that our new friends from Brazil first checked how Polish flag looks like, and then they just perfectly folded the flag of another country to get the perfect red and white of Poland! It felt special to be there and to celebrate all of our countries, in this remote, rocky and cold corner of the planet.

Border  Chile - Bolivia at 4300 m

Border Chile – Bolivia at 4300 m

Laguna Blanca

Laguna Blanca

Bogna with our driver Felix.

Bogna with our driver Felix.

The snake of jeeps

The snake of jeeps

Sol de Manana, a giant natural kettle.

Sol de Manana, a giant natural kettle.

Sol de Manana - the smaller kettles

Sol de Manana – the smaller kettles

Sol de Manana & mud geysers

Sol de Manana & mud geysers

Sol de Manana

Sol de Manana

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada

First glimpse of flamingos

First glimpse of flamingos

Flamingos, Laguna Colorada

Flamingos, Laguna Colorada

Hordes of tourists.

Hordes of tourists.

Vicunias on Laguna Colorada

Vicunias on Laguna Colorada

The Altiplano rabbit

The Altiplano rabbit

King of Perritos. First moments on salar desert.

King of Perritos. First moments on salar desert.

Sunrise on Salar de Uyuni

Sunrise on Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi on Solar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi on Salar de Uyuni

Isla Incahuasi

Isla Incahuasi

Cactuses on Isla Incahuasi - po polsku dla wtajemniczonych Hatifnatowie

Cactuses on Isla Incahuasi – po polsku dla wtajemniczonych Hatifnatowie

Team Brazil

Team Brazil

Team Uruguay

Team Uruguay

Team Poland

Team Poland

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

Cemetery of trains in Uyuni

Cemetery of trains in Uyuni

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4 Responses to The Tibet of South America

  1. Heitor Colangelo pisze:

    Hello Bogna e Radek!
    How are you? How is your trip going?
    Love the post about the Salar! The photos were amazing!
    I’m sending you our contacts below, so we can exchange photos!
    heitorcolangelo@gmail.com
    akemimgagliardi@gmail.com
    Take care!

    • Bogna pisze:

      Hey, it’s great to hear from you! It’s all good on our side, we’re now in La Paz and tomorrow off to Isla del Sol. We promise we will send you the pictures in full resolution, but it might take a couple of weeks until we find a suitable connection…! Take care 🙂

  2. Jasiu pisze:

    Znowu super! I znowu bezhmurnie, w przeciwieństwie do naszej umiarkowanej (właściwie czemu umiarkowanej?) strefy

  3. Wooky pisze:

    Wyrąbiste, bawcie się dobrze! Pozdro z Kampali

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