Refugio Laguna Colorada

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Refugio Laguna Colorada Uyuni Reviews

andrejav andrejav
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Refugio Laguna Colorada Aug 31, 2016
Talking about freezing… Refugio Laguna Colorada is an outpost on the edge of the Uyuni desert, a place that I froze my behind… again… The refugio is run by few families and it has grown to lets say ten large buildings. There are many “salt flats tours” in the area, and Laguna Colorada is usually the second day of the trip, actually second night.

We got there a bit before sunset and the reason is really bad road, or the lack of it. There are many paths that change depending of the time of the year and softness of the ground. Most of those paths are very deep and our driver had to make his own roads over sketchy terrain. It is fun to see three or four lend cruisers trying to find their path and moving closer and further away from each other. So, land rovers are trying not to get stuck in the mud and you are cheering that your driver has great insticts and outstanding luck… and we made it!

It was already very cold when we got out of the car. Wind was picking up and that brings chill factor to interesting lows. Our building was one floor, long corridor with many dorms that fit one car each. That is 5 or 6 people per car. Rooms are pretty big, but beds are solid concrete therefore you are not moving them anywhere nor rearranging it in your favorite position. Passage between beds is a bit narrow and there is no light anywhere so which out when you are moving around during the night or you will trip over someone’s feet. Our bedroom was in the corner of the building, kind of protected from the direct wind hitting the building, therefore it was not terribly cold inside. Anyway, they do have incredible amount of blankets to cover yourself with. Bathroom is a bit small, only couple toilets with one cold shower (which I dare you to use). Hallway is very acoustic so anything you say will be heard through the whole place.

This little camp has two “stores” that will provide you with enough alcohol to be warm during the night. Prices are close to the city’s prices therefore all is good. Everyone hangs out in the “kitchen area” which is in the separate building adjacent to the main one. Drivers and couple locals are working hard to prepare some dinner for the hungry. Tables and chairs are low and flimsy, uncomfortable, but there is lots of them and we just connected some tables and made a party. Kitchen has a small box that doubles for heater but it is not really heating more than 2 meters around it. They do not have much wood on this desert, so you’ll have to ask few times to get a bit more burning things. Locals have a bit of dried shit and small brush that burns fairly slow and gives some heat in return. We collected all burnable things that we had and wanted to part with and kept that fire burning as long as we could. After all we were kicked out of the kitchen area by the cold that was unbearable… Kitchen area has lights only for 3-4 hours and then they turn them out. I think that they have only solar panels and batteries that hold only few hours of power.
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