Laguna Colorada

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Volcano behind ¨stinky lagoon¨

Left about 8am today, long after the other cars.  They always rush off and leave us because we have the cook who needs to pack away her gear, but our driver (Juan) is the best and knows all the cool short cuts so we usually arrive before the others anyway, and get some exciting sand driving on the way.  Furthermore, the other two cars got flat tyres, but not ours because Juan knows his car (na, na, na, na, na!!)  First stop was the ¨stinky lagoon¨which we think is actually the Laguna Verde but no-one was very clear on that!  Saw lots of flamingos here, very pale in colour but lovely in flight with their black-tipped wings.  Had lunch here and had to use the open air toilet (ie: find a big rock!).  One thing about tours organised by the fellas, they forget that women can´t just turn their backs and pee standing up! 

Next stop was the stone tree, which is a rock that looks like a tree, found in a small rocky outcrop jutting up from the desert.

Flamingo flock on stinky lagoon.
  Got to climb a few boulders and run through the little tunnels, then back in the car to drive on to the Laguna Colorada.  We think the lagoon is reddish because of algae, but no-one could really tell us.  We went for a walk to get a closer look at the lagoon and the flamingos, but it was absolutely freezing with a biting, piercing wind.  Walking back to the lodge was like trying to walk through a brick wall.  Luckily the shop took US dollars, so got a bottle of red wine to thaw us out.  Dinner tonight was spaghetti with llama bolognese sauce, delicious.  No washing facilities here, just two toilets (using the bucket of water flush method) for about 50 people.  Needless to say, after about two hours, they were both blocked and extremely unpleasant.  Bolivia would be a prime market for a savvy environmental toilet manufacturer, or another project here for a good works group.

 

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Volcano behind ¨stinky lagoon¨
Volcano behind ¨stinky lagoon¨
Flamingo flock on stinky lagoon.
Flamingo flock on stinky lagoon.
Flamingos on Laguna Colorada
Flamingos on Laguna Colorada
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photo by: Morle