Loaded Truck onChile-Bolivia Border

From Chile to Bolivia Through Desert

There is no road from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Uyuni, Bolivia, but there is a way – dirt road through the Atacama Desert. One should be a genius of GPS to navigate if decides to go by himself. Tour agencies organise 4×4 tours from San Pedro to Salar de Uyuni.

There are two things to think about before going – the Bolivian visa and a Dinosaur toy. Look at that barn in the middle of nowhere. If you are US/EU citizen, then fine. The others, who need visas, will pay $95. Yes, US dollars, not bolivianos. Well, in our international group “the others” was just me. I read that no need to go to the consulate, you can buy visa when cross the border for $10. The officer told yes, $10, but not in the desert, and pasted a stamp into my passport.

 

Photo Album

 

Migration Bolivia Office in the Desert

Migration Bolivia Office in Atacama Desert

We were driving through the volcanoes, geysers, and pink-flamingos-lakes. On the third day we reached Salar de Uyuni and that was a place when you need your rubber dino. Our drivers did not, but our driver did kept the whole box of monsters in his trunk, so we could take funny pictures, playing with prospective.

Playing with prospective at Salar de Uyuni

Playing with prospective at Salar de Uyuni

What you see on your way:

Geysers and Hot Springs down to Laguna Verde

Geysers and Hot Springs in Laguna Verde

Geysers and Hot Springs in Laguna Verde

Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

That where you will see a lot of flamingos. Further, next day, you will see them closer.

Isla Incahuasi

It’s a very special island in the middle of Salar. Those going from Chile to Bolivia meet sunrise there and those going opposite direction, from Bolivia to Chile, come to sunset.

Sunrise at Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Sunrise at Isla Incahuasi, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

 

…and a lot of salt

Salar de Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni

A special thank you to Estrella del Sur tour agency

Estrella del Sur tour agency

Estrella del Sur tour agency

 

Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.