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Bolivia day 10 – Enroute to Uyuni town

Posted by on June 27, 2011

It was an easy day which was all about get up, pack up, and haul myself over with the rest of the group to the bus station to get on the bus. What I’ve noticed was that the buses were getting worse and worse in terms of looks, style, and seating conditions. I think that first bus trip from La Paz to Sucre really spoiled me thinking, “man, this is going to sweet if all the bus trips are like this!” Nope, you get what you get. The bus trip was quite long taking about 6 hours to get to Uyuni town, the start for any trip going to Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flats in the world. But in the meantime, sure, the landscape was great to look at but most of the ride to Uyuni was on dirt roads meaning it was hard to sleep on-board when the bus kept jumping and bumping from un-paved road. But still, like I said, the view was great to look at.

Bolivian countryside, Bolivia

More of the Bolivian countryside by bus

Bolivian countryside, Bolivia

More of great landscape in Bolivia

Once I got to Uyuni town, it looked like a desert town from the old wild, wild west movies. Not a lot of greenery to see but there were sure quite a bit of dust and dirt flying around at times. It was like someone dumped their vacuum cleaner’s contents out into the wind and it came out here. Just note that if you come off of the bus here, you’re going to get mobbed by people trying to sell Salar de Uyuni tours. If you’re interested, it’s worth doing but good thing Intrepid has that covered already!

Uyuni dirt road, Bolivia

Uyuni, the desert town

Uyuni's main plaza, Bolivia

Uyuni's main plaza - it definitely does look like a real desert plaza

You know what else I’ve noticed while being on this trip – that most of the travelers was female. Sure, there were guys here and there but it seemed like every group was all female or had 2-3 in a group of 10+. I just couldn’t believe it that when I went to dinner, I could only count 3 male travelers (including myself) and about 15 females. That’s a huge disparity that when I look back to the start of the trip in Panama and the majority of travelers were in fact, female! Hell, even that Japanese tour group that went to the Galapagos was female dominated! What’s up with the male population not traveling?

I guess if you’re male and traveling alone, you are in the special minority category. Have a lot of fun if you’re doing so because I guess most men are not interested or passionate enough to go adventuring on their own in foreign countries.