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Uyuni

Written on: Sunday August 5th, 2007

A journal entry from: Bolivia, Peru, and the Galapagos!

We arrived in Uyuni (elevation 12,037 ft) last night and quickly realized that we were on the edge of civilization. There was little vegetation and the area was very flat. Only about half the roads were properly paved with bricks, the rest were still dirt (though it appears they are in the process of paving more of them). The town is laid out on a small grid and all of the structures are made of adobe. Very few of the buildings have a second floor.

None of the hotels on our trip so far had been heated, but it was never an issue until we reached Uyuni where the night time temperature was below freezing. Fortunately, they did give us plenty of blankets so that we slept well, however, getting out of bed in the morning in the freezing hotel room was a challenge. Couple that with the barely luke warm shower and it makes for a pretty miserable experience (especially considering this would be the only shower for 4 days).

For dinner last night, we went to a pizza place that appeared to only be frequented by gringos. Our food was slow to arrive because they seemed to have only a couple pizza ovens, so our 14 pizzas came out in 7 shifts over about an hour of time. But the wait was well worth it, because the pizza was delicious! I forget the name of the place though...

After breakfast this morning, we roamed around the town in about 10 minutes (its a small town!). And, as is typical so far on our trip, we encountered a marching band. Then at about 10:30am, our four-wheel-drive Toyota Landcruisers arrived to take us on our 4-day journey on Bolivia's Southwest circuit...