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Towards the end of day 1 of our Salar de Uyuni tour, we reached this lake. At nearly 4875 meters, we had gained an elevation of almost 1 km in a day!

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At the end of day 1 of our Salar de Uyuni tour, we stayed in a tiny village inside the national park. As we drove towards our hostel, we saw the sunset into the mountains of the wide expanse of the wild southwest Bolivia. Very close, a few kilometers away to the south was Argentina and to the west was Chile. In front was this volcanic mountain, with its peak over 6000 meters.

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Just one of the alien like landscapes we saw on the Salar dau Uyuni tour. It smelled of rotten eggs, the temperature of the water was around 90 degrees, the wind made it hard for us to stand there and the altitude of nearly 5500 meters made it tough for everyone to breathe!

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The sunrise from the top of Incahuasi on the Salar de Uyuni was totally worth the 4AM start in the dark and the cold. We stood on top of an "island" seeing but the salt as far as our eyes could reach. Seeing the sky and the ground go from shades of pink and yellow to blue and white, it was a pretty special morning.

Desaguadero - Lake Titicaca - Alpacas

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Potosi - Antora - Llamas - Mamas darling

 

Nikon F2 / Kodachrome 64

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Huge rocks and howling winds went together on day 3 of our Salar de Uyuni tour. This combination has led to some interesting and sometimes strange shape of the rocks.

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Isla del Sol is an island on the Lake Titicaca which is spread across Bolivia and Peru, forming a border between the two countries. This was on our boat ride from the town of Copacabana to the port of Yumani on the south side of the island.

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These women are referred to as "Cholitas" . They are of the Aymara descent. Big skirts, hair tied in two long braids and a hat are marks of their identity; as are these colourful "backpacks". Here they are carrying their wares up the port of Yumani of Isla del Sol on TIticaca island up o their houses at the top of the island.

Andes Bolivianos

 

Black Rocks Bolivian andes

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The second day of our tour was dominated by lagoons of colours as varied as white, blue and red. Our day ended with a visit to the

Laguna Colorodes, the red lagoon. The algae in the water here gave the lagoon its red colour - which the Andean and the Chilean flamingoes we saw preferred.

Laguna Hedionda is a saline lake in the Nor Lípez Province, Potosí Department in Bolivia. It is notable for various migratory species of pink and white flamingos. Laguna Hedionda is one of the nine small saline lakes in the Andean Altiplano. It lies at an altitude of 4,121 m., with an area of 3 square km:s. Salt flats and bofedales (wetlands) are spread over the periphery of the lake. It is in a very remote area where human habitation is negligible. However, llamas and alpacas are seen grazing in the area.

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Bolivia, Hedionda Lagoon

 

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From my trip to the Bolivian altiplano in 2007

Photo is taken from El Choro Trail.

During this trail you will go down 57 km. from La Cumbre at 4,900 m. to Chairo at 1,400 m. over Cotapata National Park and Yungas Region. Usually trail is made in three days.

 

The Yungas is a narrow band of forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains from Peru, Bolivia, and northern Argentina. It is a transitional zone between the Andean highlands and the eastern forests. Like the surrounding areas, the Yungas belong to the Neotropic ecozone; the climate is rainy, humid, and warm. The Yungas forests are extremely diverse, ranging from moist lowland forest to evergreen montane forest and cloud forests. The terrain, formed by valleys, fluvial mountain trails and streams, is extremely rugged and varied, contributing to the ecological diversity and richness. A complex mosaic of habitats occur with changing latitude as well as elevation. There are high levels of biodiversity and species endemism throughout the Yungas regions. Many of the forests are evergreen, and the South Andean Yungas contains what may be the last evergreen forests resulting from Quaternary glaciations.

 

Bolivia, El Choro Trail

 

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Chilean and Andean flamingoes flock the lakes in the desert region of South-West Bolivia. This is the white lake, Lake Blanca, one of the many lakes we saw on our Salar de Uyuni tour.

James’s Flamingo, also called the puna flamingo, is native to the Andes and the Altiplano area. Although they seem plentiful on the shores of Colorada, they are in fact very rare. During the mid-1950s, scientists had all but written them off as extinct, until a pack was found roaming South America. Today their habitat is continually threatened, and they are classified as a endangered species.

The most incredible landscape I've ever seen.

James’s Flamingo, also called the puna flamingo, is native to the Andes and the Altiplano area. Although they seem plentiful on the shores of Colorada, they are in fact very rare. During the mid-1950s, scientists had all but written them off as extinct, until a pack was found roaming South America. Today their habitat is continually threatened, and they are classified as a endangered species.

Laguna Verde (Spanish for "green lake") is a salt lake in the southwestern Altiplano in Bolivia, close to the Chilean border.

In the backdrop of the lake is the inactive volcano Licancabur of 5,868 metres (19,252 ft) in elevation, which is a nearly perfect cone. Wikipedia

This photo was taken in a ski ‘resort’ on a mountain outside La Paz. The view in reality was slightly more dramatic then what the photo suggests...

White lagoon and colorful mountains...

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The Yumani village, at the southern end of the Isla del Sol. The top of this island has a number of hostels and restaurants along with the houses of the locals. Everyday we would climb to the top, watch the sunset, then have a meal of fresh trout.

Calm waters and the reflection of mountain in the Bolivian Andes

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A 60 km de la ciudad Sucre está ubicado Tarabuco, un pequeño pueblo donde hay cada domingo un mercado campesino reuniendo la gente local de los pueblos en los alrededores.

Saliendo del bus se camina por la calles anchas pasando los estantes donde se vende todo para la vida diaria, pero tambien artesania regional. Como el mercado es para la gente del lugar el ambiente es todavía muy auténtico.

Just one of the alien like landscapes we saw on the Salar dau Uyuni tour. It smelled of rotten eggs, the temperature of the water was around 90 degrees, the wind made it hard for us to stand there and the altitude of nearly 5500 meters made it tough for everyone to breathe!

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The biggest salt flats on the earth, the Salar de Uyuni was the grand finale of our tour. It was the perfect end to what had been the most incredible travel experience!

 

Photographer: Chetan Karkhanis photos.sandeepachetan.com in association with TravelMag.com

 

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Salar Uyuni, Bolivia

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While driving along the southern Bolivian cold desert of the high mountains during our tour of Salar da Uyuni, we saw such rock formations in the midst of howling winds.

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The painting like landscape seems inspired by Salvador Dali. In fact, that is where Dali desert, the name of this high altitude cold desert comes from.

Oruro - Chipaya - Shy girl

 

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The Uru Chipaya is one of the most ancient people of South America, originating from 1500-2000 B.C. In the 16th century, the Uru Chipaya represented a quarter of the Altiplano Andean population. Nowadays, their territory represents a mere 920 km2, and the Uru Chipaya population counts little more than 2 000 individuals.

 

The Uru Chipaya live in the Bolivian Altiplano bordering the salt desert of Coipasa, at an altitude of 3640 m.

 

The Uru Chipaya have their own traditions as far as architecture, religion, music, hunting, fishing, dressing, feeding and agriculture are concerned.

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Pueblo Fanstasmo translates to ghost town. This once flourishing mining town is now deserted. Decades ago, every single resident of this village died. It was the first afternoon of our Salar de Uyuni tour and we had gained almost 1000 meters in altitude. Everyone was feeling the effect of high altitude walking through this ghost town.

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