Salvador Dali’s backyard

The Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia make you feel like you’re stuck half way between Mars and a Salvadore Dali painting. The landscapes are incredibly dramatic and  almost too surreal for the mind to comprehend. To explore this astounding place we jumped in a 4X4 for three days with a group of legends and an extra battery for the camera.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe team and our chariot. Our fearless driver was called Marius.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst stop was the Train Cemetery left over from the British miners of the the late 19th century. Cool and creepy old skeletons of days gone by.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There’s just so much salt!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ben wants one of these.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA All that salt shrivelled Alice down to a pinch…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …so Ben put her in the hat for safe keeping but she kept trying to jump out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Out of the hat and working it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Tired of getting his hand stuck in the Pringles can, Ben asked the salt gods to shrink him down for easier access.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What’s up Old Mother Hubbard!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We got miniature Alice to hold the 4X4 in place when the brakes gave way and the world started slipping sideways.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Alice wasn’t happy when Ben ate all the Pringles.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Can’t remember whether Ben was really big or Alice was really small here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter we stopped eating the Alice in Wonderland biscuits and got back to normal size we jumped back in the wagon and made our way towards our desert home for the night.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Desert Lamas on the outskirts of town. Still don’t know how they’re staying alive out here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Getting up close and personal with the friendly desert Lamas. They didn’t spit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Walking through the middle of a remote village in the middle of the desert.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The ghost of Alice’s desert shadow caught up with us.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Spying on the local school kids through a crack in the wall for a photo. But not in a creepy way.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Cool mud brick desert house next door to our salt brick hotel.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Al invites us into the salt hotel for some much needed rest.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAl restrains herself from licking the salt bricks to see if they really are salt.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Salt brick walls holding up salt roof that covers salt table and salt chairs that sit on a salt floor.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Mars in the morning.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurns out it’s not a mirage after all and we’re actually heading towards our first desert lagoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom the distance it looks like the lagoon is loaded with flamingos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Yep, lots of flamingos. Turns out they love the desert lagoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Flamingos are such posers too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis flamingo really knew how to work the camera.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFlamingo Hotel. Not sure whether a real hotel or a leftover from the set of a Wes Anderson film.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATime to head towards what always seems like nowehere in search of the next lagoon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Pretty good place to ponder.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATime for proper lagoon exploration.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe’d always wondered why photographers are forever bangin on about the “Golden Hour”. Now we know why.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Up early on the final day to check out the geysers and have a dip in the springs before making the journey back to La Paz.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Milk Bar looks pretty cool early in the morning.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe sun starts to show its face as we head for the geysers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Only the removal of gravity could have made this place feel more like another planet.

Alice jumpAl decides to test the gravity situation.

alice in springsAnd then there was this natural pool heated by the volcanic layers beneath it. Pretty good treat for a birthday girl.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ben explores the new world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Ben finds a spot.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen he find this little guy – a desert rabbit/possum.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast stop before we jumped in the 4×4 for the 6 hour drive back to town. Not a bad final memory to scrape in with the last seconds of camera battery left over.

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