Salar Tour, Day 2

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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.
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Geyser at sol de Manana-was actual…
Geyser at sol de Manana-was actua…
no gaurdrails to keep little Timmy…
no gaurdrails to keep little Timm…
Mudpots, but no dinosaurs
Mudpots, but no dinosaurs
Rudy, our guide playing in the ste…
Rudy, our guide playing in the st…
Eric attempting to command the gey…
Eric attempting to command the ge…
thermal pools, geysers, and mudpot…
thermal pools, geysers, and mudpo…
Eric in his model shot.
Eric in his model shot.
Eric in the hot pools, while we wa…
Eric in the hot pools, while we w…
Justin and Eric were the only 2 of…
Justin and Eric were the only 2 o…
A look at the hot springs.
A look at the hot springs.
Laguna Verde reflecting the volcan…
Laguna Verde reflecting the volca…
Vicunas!
Vicunas!
Flamingos on Laguna Verde
Flamingos on Laguna Verde
Piedra de arbol
Piedra de arbol
yeah, middle of nowhere people
yeah, middle of nowhere people
whats up foxy?
whats up foxy?
Viscacha!!!!  Kinda looks like a c…
Viscacha!!!! Kinda looks like a …
LLAMAS!
LLAMAS!
looking around at the different ro…
looking around at the different r…
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