Published at last! – Well sort of! Bucket list publications. The Salar de Uyuni and the Cordillera De Chichas – South West Bolivia

Dear all,  my first published article.   Check out bucket list for more info on adventure and destination holidays at


If ever there was a place where one could imagine being on a different planet, it has to be the in the surreal high altitude landscapes of Southwest Bolivia and the spectacular blinding white salt plains of Uyuni.

Mud bubbling geysers, volcanoes (active and extinct) towering over vegetation bereft desert puffing smoke signals out into the ether or displaying multi-coloured half exploded craters and stunning bright red, yellow and green chemical laden lakes, so toxic that the only wild life able to roam freely on them are the flamingos, are just some of the sights to be seen in this remote area.

As far as destinations go, this has to be one of my best experiences whilst travelling around South America. We arrived in Uyuni from Potasi after a long bus haul and, once settled in, immediately started polling other backpackers about their tourist operator preferences. Three hours later, having found a room, taken a turn around the small town, checked out companies, eaten in the small mall of restaurants and listened to fellow traveller stories, we booked a 3 day tour for the next day.   The journey covers the Salar de Uyuni , Laguna Colarada, Sol de Mana geyser basin, Termas de Polques, Laguna Verde and the dramatic Volcan Licancabur.

This is not a trip for the faint-hearted or picky eater. The round trip is long and extremely bumpy, nights are freezing and the days are hot, accommodation is shared, the bedding dubious and the showers ice-cold. So go prepared, take food and drink supplies, warm bedding and clothing, tissue wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and plenty of batteries for the camera …… and book a room for when you get back because boy are you going to need a shower! But the inconvenience of all these things palls into insignificance when sitting under the cold silent star laden sky at night with a bottle of wine and newly made friends, being steamed cleaned by the geysers at dawn as the sun rises, or having lunch by multi-coloured lakes dotted with hundreds of pink bobbed flamingos.

This is a bucket list destination that you don’t want to miss.


60 thoughts on “Published at last! – Well sort of! Bucket list publications. The Salar de Uyuni and the Cordillera De Chichas – South West Bolivia

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  2. I was in Bolivia several years back – how did I miss this?!?
    What incredible photos. Thanks for sharing them. Hopefully, if I ever get a chance to introduce my husband to Bolivia, we’ll get to see these amazing things too!

  3. Stunning landscape, true beauty in desolation! Spectacular pictures. I tend to agree with you that the experience visiting such a place is worth all the troubles. This is going on my bucket-list too :). Also, congratulations for being featured on Lesley’s blog!

  4. Congrats. Lesly Carter’s blog is a standout blog and getting featured to her blog truly is an accomplishment.
    I really need to meet hardcore hikers to be able to see maginificent sights like you had.

  5. Congrats on getting published – the place looks incredible. Seems like it was worth the discomfort

  6. Reblogged this on SeamlessStyle and commented:
    I happened to come across A Word in Your Ear – a blog by skinnywench – and I’m so glad I did. Check out her stunning pictures from Bolivia, South America – absolutely breathtaking, so magnificent that it is hard to imagine that such places actually exist on this planet. I’m still reeling from the beauty of these photos. South America is officially on my bucket list.

  7. Congratulations on publication, beautiful places, is always an adventure going where you have never been, meeting people you don’t know, and especially making new friends and capturing great images.

  8. Very brutal and beautiful landscape – flamingos is one my favorite birds .. after penguins. *smile Nice to see a photo of you, I guess it you. Once again stunning photos and reading. My pick of the day is the top one.

  9. BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, WONDERFUl! What more can I say. I love your photos and descriptions. Thank you for showing us these sights. I’ll put this on my bucket list.


  10. omg omg! Fantastic! How great! Such amazing fantastic photos and love the experience! Look forward to reading more! Warm regards Caroline

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