From Lake Titicaca to Salar de Uyuni.
by Bérenger Zyla
This episode is part of a journey in South America that took place during May-June 2012.
After visiting Peru, I travelled to Bolivia by bus, stopping first in Copacabana and Isla Del Sol («Island of the Sun»). The little archipelago got its name from the Inca mythology, which says that the Sun was born here. This island is the birthplace of everything that exists. Today, 800 families live there, making a living with farming, fishing and showing tourists around (there are approximately 80 Inca sites to be seen). They live with an amazing and beautiful simplicity: no roads, everything is carried by donkeys who are guided by young or old people through a very harsh landscape, and based on an agenda that follows boats arrivals and departures.
From there, I continued to La Paz and later Uyuni. This city is the departure point for a 3-day trip to the Salar de Uyuni, one of the largest salt flats in the World.
On the first day, you discover the arid landscapes of the Salar; endless, salty, white desert and Isla Incahuasi, a small rock "island" covered with 12 meters height cactus's.
On the second day you'll trek through dust deserts on high volcanic plateaus and stop by the most impressive lagoons to be seen in Bolivia.
The last day is for the geyser fields of Sol de Mañana, the Salvador Dalí Desert, an arid and lonely place out of reality, and Termas de Polques, the hot springs of Laguna Chalviri, where you can rest in the hot water of most beautiful natural pool I've ever seen.
This is truly a journey to make at least once in your life.
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