Geyser at sol de Manana-was actually made by man drilling.
Got up this morning at 5 am, and headed out to go see the sunrise and the geyser activity at sol de Manana geyser at approximately 5000m elevation. Reminded me alot of Yellowstone, except that there was no walkways or gaurdrails. If you wanted to, you could jump right into one of the mudpots or thermal pools. We made our way back to the termas de polques, which was on the edge of a lake. This is a natural hot springs that had been artificially closed in to make a pool that tourists can be seen playing in at all times. Eric and Justin were the only 2 from our group brave enough to get in. There was ice on the ground, and the water wasn´t warm enough for me to risk never warming up from. We had breakfast on the beach overlooking the hot springs and then packed back up.
no gaurdrails to keep little Timmy out here..
Continued driving south to the border of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. This was our longest day, for we traveled 400 km. We went by the piedras de Salvador Dhali, which are big clusters of rocks strewn across a perfectly flat desert. We then came to laguna verde, which due to the bacteria and minerals in it, would put off a perfectly emerald glow in the afternoon. In the morning, the colors weren´t that spectacular, but it served as a mirror, reflecting the surrounding volcanoes, including volcan Licancabur at 5,930m tall. We walked around, took pictures, and hopped back into the Land Cruiser. We turned back around to go north, heading towards Laguna Colorado, where we saw hundreds of flamingos, ranging in color from white, light pink, dark pink, and black.
Mudpots, but no dinosaurs
We had lunch here, and continued on, passing by a few other small lakes. We didn´t stop until we came to the famous piedra de arbol, which looks like a tree with a large bushy body and a skinny trunk. Rudy put the pedal to the metal, and we raced across the desert. We saw a zorro (fox), who was very used to being fed, and despite Eric´s and my protests, a piece of bread was thrown to him. The scenery was still amazing though with active smoking volcanoes on the horizon. Yet pissibly the most bizarre sight was driving through a bed of coral, which had fossilized into a hard sea of rocks which we were winding our way through. After the sun went down, we arrived at our final nights lodging (San Bernardo), which was way better than the night before. It had showers, and was relatively warm. At dinner we entertained ourselves with challenging each other to the cracker challenge-7 soda crackers in1 minute with no water.