There was a long preparation time to be able to navigate through Bolivia on my own. I opted to go during the rainy season to experience it with less tourist crowds, to have water on the Salar de Uyuni and get clouds in the skies. All these premises were met, although sometimes I wondered how Bolivia must look like when the tourist crowds are there, as even in low season there were spots that were completely overrun.
Second, I chose not to take always the obvious path. It was my choice to take the less known roads. This took us sometimes to unique places and sometimes it put us in some predicament. One of these predicaments were accessing the Salar de Uyuni and being getting stuck in mud and high water. I planned getting from Sajama N.P. to Salar de Uyuni in one day. It took us three days.
At the end we saw places and experienced moments that we might otherwise not have seen at all and probably very few tourist, if any, have ever seen.
Present image is such a place. We were at the wrong place, but we were definitively there at the right moment! My faithful companions were always following my car and this time they got the honor to be included in the frame.
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Absolutely stunning Peter! Reading your note was surprising , I still think of Bolivia of being one of the pure untouched by tourist countries, I would imagine a handful of adventurers traveling there but not the hoards that you refer to. I think that it becomes harder and harder to get off if the beaten track anywhere in the world. In Asia it’s becoming extremely hard especially as Chinese start to travel. At the moment there are only 7% are Chinese with passports, I can only imagine how it will be with an increase to 30%.
Your knowledge and resilience to travel, (shown in the CI) certainly paid off and as I said the main and even more so the panorama are stunning.
Please continue to show us more Peter.
I think you should be disappointed when you go into the wild and discover that 100 persons are still there to take THE image. We don't fancy that when we see the result but sometimees thsi should be embarrassing. So I clap hands dor you to look for some new tracks, even if some queer adventures can happen. Gorgeous sky over the landscape, the car at right says "take it easy, we are coming but wait a moment to enjoy this place and moment!"
It's the wrong place because you don't intend to go there, but it's the right place for this stunning deserted landscape
What a sky! Looking at the clouds on the left it seems they are depositing precipitation. Raining clouds coloured by the setting/rising sun, must be something rare.
Quite an adventure Peter! I wonder what would have happened if your jeep engine got full of water.
Eu não sei se existe esta palavra em inglês mas isto aqui é um verdadeiro "skyscape" !! Além dp prazer de dirigir, desbravar o desconhecido, deslumbrar-se com o novo, nada como capturar um momento como este. Um verdadeiro presente dos céus. O panorama é totalmente apreciável. Você nos colocou dentro do cenário. E aquele carro na lama, wow! Que adrenalina! Lindíssimas cores e formações neste céu belo e conturbado. Linda foto!
A great image with so much drama in the sky and the landscape. One has to take some risk for such condition, and with a little luck it is just awesome. Otherwise it will just be like everyone else's. I guess with your multi language skill and careful planning, it is doable to do your own tour and what an adventure that must be. For most people, and myself included, a tour guide made it convenient and safer. Most of the time as long as it is not overly our budget, we do private tour so we don't have to deal with other tourists. We stop and go when we want.
The sky was clearly on fire on this day, what a brilliant sight, you can't get enough looking at it. Absolutely great that you have the Jeep in the image, it underlines the adventure you went through. I even think something would be missing without it. The car lights and how one beam thinly goes across into the landscape just a little is a very very good detail. You should sell this image to REI or TransA outfitter :-)
I am very surprised that Bolivia is overrun? I have never met anybody that traveled in this part of the world so far other than seeing images here and there from the salt flats.