Full Moon over the Hostal Hualla Jara, Western Bolivia

Full moon near the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

More accurately, it was the night before the full moon, looking towards the mountains of western Bolivia from near the Salar de Uyuni, the planet’s largest salt flat.

This was snapped from outside of the modest Hostal Hualla Jara where my group and I spent the first of two nights during a three-day trip across the Salar. At 4300m/14,107ft above sea level, nights will be cold; we felt the chill immediately upon check-in when we were first introduced to our concrete slab beds.

Full moon over the Hostal Hualla Jara, near the Salar de Uyuni
Full moon over the Hostal Hualla Jara, near the Salar de Uyuni

The hostal is the tour stop nearest Laguna Colorado in the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve where those on a multi-day trip to the Salar de Uyuni will spend most of their time. I posted a couple images galleries from the reserve previously: the first focusing on Laguna Colorado and another on the Lagunas Honda, Hedionda And Canapa. Check ’em out. It’s an area of unearthly landscapes, inhabited by llamas, vicunas and rare flamingos.

Oh: here’s a snap of the beds. (I told you they’re on concrete slabs.)

Andean Altiplano elegance: Hostal Hualla Jara, near the Salar de Uyuni
Andean Altiplano elegance: Hostal Hualla Jara, near the Salar de Uyuni

And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,103rd straight, was snapped on on 26 March 2013.

 

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  1. paula graham says

    Beautiful scenery.

  2. sustainabilitea says

    I love the beautiful, delicate color at the top of the peaks and clouds. And, of course, the moon.

    janet

    1. Bob R says

      Thanks, Janet. That was my favorite part of the image too. I really wish I’d have shot in RAW during that trip, really would have helped make the images pop a bit more. Lesson learned.

  3. nomad, interrupted says

    Beautiful photo. And that hostel looks packed and very uncomfortable! I hope it was heated! 🙂

  4. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    Great memories… Uyuni Salt Flats and the 3-day trip that one takes to cross them are soooo amazing. Your picture is a fabulous reminder.

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