Once our world record goal was achieved, we left the village of Quetena Chico to head north, passing through the control of the Eduardo Avaroa national reserve, to go to Uyuni.
On the road, the machines constantly have to improve the road conditions due to the inclement weather and passing vehicles. Great speed. This time it was the turn of the grader.
We stop for dinner and charge the ID4 at the native hotel in the city of San Cristobal on a 380v three-phase connection with the help of the hotel’s electrical manager who connects the CarConnect.
The next morning we leave early for the notary’s office in Uyuni, where the seals of the boxes are opened in video conference with Natalia Ramirez, lawyer of Guinnes Record.
The GPS technician, a Garmin representative, who travelled from Santa Cruz, checks that the equipment is working properly and downloads all the contents onto his laptop to certify the altitude reached.
Once the notarial process is over, we head north and stop to visit the majestic Uyuni salt flat, which with 2,000 km² of salt is the largest salt flat in the world, as well as having large reserves of lithium that are being exploited for the production of batteries. Here we charge the car again, this time at the EnelX station of the Hotel de Sal.
We buy some handicrafts and take pictures of the vehicles and the team in this marvellous salt flat.
In the evening we arrive in Challapata, a small roadside town with an EnelX charging station where we charge for a few hours before continuing north.
In Oruro, we find a local 22kw Evlink charging station, where we charge all night and the next morning we arrive in La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia. Here we are welcomed by Sven Steinhauser, manager of the Hansa branch in La Paz, who helps us with the maintenance and cleaning of the ID4 with his entire team, leaving it spotless again.
The next day Sven guides us on a city tour of the city and its most iconic sights, several viewpoints along the way and, of course, the cable cars, a means of transport in this city of constant ups and downs due to its mountainous geography.
We load the car again at the Evlink charging station in La Paz, then we continue through the local fruit and vegetable fairs where the people and the weekend musicians come to brighten up the streets of the city, where the old public transport vehicles contrast with the modernity of the VW ID4.
The next morning we are expected at the house of the German ambassador in Bolivia for a reception and press conference with the local media, where the Guinness World Record certificate is officially handed over by his representative Natalia Ramirez.
In the afternoon a donation is made to the SOS Children village together with their staff for the purchase of school supplies in order to strengthen the education of the children and improve their chances for the future.