We have spent the last four days on a trip to visit the Salar de Uyuni - the world's largest salt flats at over 12000 sq km. The trip included amazing scenery, winds so strong that it was difficult to stand up, sun so strong that you burn in ten minutes, snow drifts that caused our Toyota Land Cruiser to get stuck and temperatures down to -20 centigrade at night in buildings that have no heating! Last, but not least, we saw a huge array of animals including llamas, vicuñas, ostriches, andean condors, vizcachas, flamingos and lots of unidentified birds.
We arrived in Copacabana on Tuesday 28th May, after catching a bus from Puno. It's a relatively small town with only 50,000 residents at 3800m altitude - definitely the smallest town we had visited so far. We got off the bus in the main square - quite unusual, as usually the bus stations are a 15 min bus journey out of town. Driving into town, the first thing I noticed was it was such a pretty town nestled in the hillside over looking Lake Titicaca. Unlike towns in Peru, most of the houses / buildings appeared to be completed.
Yesterday we said goodbye to the first country of our trip, Peru, and entered our second country, Bolivia. We have had an amazing time exploring Peru over the past three weeks but we have also had time to think about a variety of things.
We had already decided we wanted to visit the Colca Canyon (one of the world's deepest canyons at 4160m) - the challenge was finding the right company to book this trip with. We did our research well and ended up booking with Colca Treks - who offered a slightly different experience to the other companies.