We arrived to uyuni after yet another terrible night bus from tupiza (albeit a bit warmer due to our new and improved clothing!). Despite having arranged a hostel in uyuni as we knew we were due to arrive in at 2am it did not work in our favour! We arrived to the door of our supposed hostel to find "no vacancies, do not ring bell" printed on the firmly shut door! Panic set in as it being 2 in the morning and well below 0.c, we had no where to stay!!!! Luckly we found a hostel just as the owner was coming to lock up for the night! I think I could of kissed him! -----.
Day 2 : we arranged to go on the salt flats tour (two nights, 3 days) that morning. Luckily we landed a savage group! Two English girls and two Swiss lads. Firstly we went to see a train graveyard which consisted of a whole load of train wrecks, sounds boring but it actually turned out to be ok. Then we left for the salt flats and arrived there about half an hour later. It was unbelieveable, like nothing we have ever seen before. It was completely white as far as the eye could see. Here, we took a load of funny photos with the rest of our group (well at least we thought they were funny) and had some lunch. After lunch,we left for "the cactus island" which was a lone island in the middle of the salt flats with loads of hugh cactus on it. It was crazy looking. From here, we finished the day and left for our hotel. When we arrived at the hotel at the edge of the salt flats,we got some shock.it looked more like one bedroom bungalow (made from salt). Me and one of the English girls went in to see what sort of shambles we might have to stay in, however it turned out to be a beautiful little place made completely from salt. We bunked in with the two English girls. The "hotel" was absolutely freezing. The Bolivians don't believe in central heating or fires!!! We had dinner that evening then the two Swiss lads introduced a bottle of rum as desert along with an interesting card game which kept us and half the hotel up half the night!!!