Onto Part 15 of the Salar De Uyuni tour in Bolivia…The rocky terrain continued as the sun rose over south western Bolivia and I had perked up a bit. I still don’t know if it was altitude sickness or just a sore head that morning.
We pulled up in wilderness next to a laguna, where there were a few random huts, some llamas and vicunas and best of all people enjoying a dip. This was the hot springs! The entire trip was beginning to get a de ja vu of my trip to Iceland some 3 years earlier…
There was the blue lagoon, the hot springs, the wilderness, the terrain, the fact we were part of a group tour, and the geyser. However this place was hot!
The morning sun rose over our jeep as I put my Northern Ireland football shorts on. This pair of green shorts, from the 2002 away kit have doubled up as swimming shorts on many an occasion. And in we went for a dip!
There were loads of people in – and everybody was a tourist. The water was hot, fresh and the atmosphere was excellent.
The fact we hadn’t had a hot shower for 3 days made it better and a lot of dirt must have been released in that water.
A few Canadian girls rolled over, scared to get in due to the dirt! They were in bikinis however and a few of the lads tried to pull them in. Staring at the sun beating against the hot springs this was a cracking way to relax.
A curious Canadian asks Benoit and I “are you guys naked in there?” We laughed to ourselves about that because of the photos we had taken the previous couple of days! But alas we were clothed in shorts this time. We bared our bums, did a bit of singing and soon even this enjoyable dip was over. The Canadian girls never got in, nor did they get to see their naked guys.
It was a quick dry and indoors into a hut for breakfast. This was our last meal with 6 of us together, as Thomas and George (from Switzerland) and Alina (from Romania) were being dropped off at Hito Cajun around mid-day – they were headed out of Bolivia and to Chile.
We toasted to our last meal together and had time to reflect while we waited around to get changed. We had a heart cake to end things and it got a tad emotional…
So I took time to take some photos of the epic wilderness. And there were llamas everywhere and the terrain and landscape was a little bit too impressive for a quiet travelling Northern Irishman.
Me with the llamas, totally loving it.
From – Geysirs and Craters
To – Hot Springs
Nationalities Met- Canadian
Breakfast – Toast, jam, butter, tea and a heart cake
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