Bolivia part 3: Uyuni, on the road eats

A trip to Bolivia wouldn’t be complete without visiting Uyuni.

In the south-western part of the country are it’s fascinating salt flats, the world’s biggest.

The pristine salt planes stretch on seemingly forever covered in fascinatingly geometric salt cubes sat within perfect hexagonal shaped forms.

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The next part of our trip was spent almost entirely on the road, on a tour of the flats and the fascinating national park Eduardo Avaroa to the very south and then swiftly off to the opposite extreme, the stifling Amazon.

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Where we went there are no restaurants but we still managed to eat very well. The main trick to that being picking your tour company carefully. In both cases we felt that we’d done very well.

For the Uyuni tour, you can’t go wrong with Red Planet (1350bs for a 3 day tour/195$). For the full 3 days we had with them they took superb care of us. Our brilliant English speaking guide, Luis, was also our cook and prepared most of our meals. During the day when we were mostly driving (there are huge distances to cover to reach the national park) he prepared us a buffet lunch complete with proper plates, cutlery and glasses. Not only that but he was happy to prepare it wherever we wanted, whether that be beside a stream watching flamingos or atop a hill overlooking a lake.

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As you’d expect, it’s not gourmet but compared to a lot of loveless meals we’d eaten in Bolivia, the food was great, and the view made it taste even better.

Here are some of the incredible views we took in on the Uyuni tour:

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