The expedition started in Uyuni at the train graveyard. The railway system was originally built by a British mining company between 1888 and 1892. In the 1940s, the mining industry collapsed leaving the trains abandoned and decaying in the desert just outside of Uyuni. From there we were off to the Chiguana Salt Flat: a deserted spot with smaller salt concentration. From the Ollague Volcano view point there are marvelous panoramic views of the Uyuni Salt Flat.
From there we traveled towards the Amazing Lagoons: Colorada Lagoon / Red Lagoon (main flamingos nesting site), Canapa Lagoon, Hedionda Lagoon, Honda Lagoon, Shiarkhota Lagoon and Ramaditas. We observed three flamingo species (Chilean, James and Andino) as well as wild vicuñas and viscachas in their natural habitats.
We continued the journey to Pampa Siloli (Siloli Desert) and the Stone Tree a tree-shaped volcanic rock formation. From there we were off to the e Sol de Mañana geysers. We then traveled towards the Polques hot springs.
Continuing the trip through the Salvador Dali desert we stopped at the Laguna Verde / Green Lagoon. The intensity of the green color of the water depends on the wind in the area. If there is no wind, the reflection of the Licancabur Volcano in the water is also a wonderful sight. It was extremely windy the day we got there so the water was an intense emerald green.
By Dan Cieck
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