The Altiplano is a huge expanse of land the stretches from northern Chile across most of southern Bolivia.  It's an incredibly inhospitable place taking in the Atacama desert, one of the driest places on the planet, and the vast salt lake of Salar de Uyuni.  Moving across it feels like crossing a different planet, from towering volcanos to the red lakes inhabited by beautiful pink flamingos it really is like nowhere else on earth.

It had been a dream of mine to make the trip for a number of years, but putting the trip together took a long time.  We flew to Santiago in Chile, before heading north to the pretty town of San Pedro de Atacama close to the border with Bolivia, and a good place to get acclimatised before setting off into the deep Altiplano.  The town is at 3500 meters and we made regular trips out into the beautiful austere landscape to attitudes of 4500 meters, but even so, the 3 day trip towards Salar de Uyuni in a 4x4 was still challenging as the altitude, combined with strength of the sun and the incredible dryness really pushed us out of our comfort zone.  We ended our trip with a few nights on Lake Titicaca and in La Paz, one of the most fascinating cities I've ever seen.

My Altiplano travel blogs are here