Salt Flat tour - Day 3 (to Laguna Verde and Chile!)

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The steaming geyser

Day 3 and we were forced to get up at 4.30am in some of the coldest temperatures I´ve been in (yes, colder even than Sheffield in winter!).  This time the jeep did start, but it didn´t last for long though as the engine failed a little way from basecamp.  Fortunately the copious amount of bottled water that Luciana and ´Che Ernesto´(the Argentinians) had brought cured the ill and we were off to encounter a geyser.

This plume of gas was impressive, emerging with a powerful noise and force from below the earth´s surface, as if the area was due to explode.  Nearby there were some pools of bubbling mud and water, heated by the same underground thermals, but surrounded by signs warning of the dangers of stepping too close to the fragile crust´s edge and suffering massive burns or worse!  This was another amazingly contrasting landscape, but the pools and steam were nowhere near warm enough to allow us the comfort from the cold to admire them properly!

So it was off to our next destination - breakfast at some thermal springs!  Now I don´t remember ever really spending any time in hot springs - certainly I´d missed all possible occasions on this trip (see Baños entry!) - but with the cold we were being subjected to I decided to give it a go.

Boiling mud pools and accompanying steam
  And what a missed opportunity it would have been if I´d said no!  The water was excellent, the perfect temperature, so warm you almost can´t get in but just lovely to be in once you´d taken the plunge.  And of course there was another beautiful view over another lake!  The only difficulty was getting out - they refused to serve us breakfast in the waters - but at least it had warmed up a bit by the time we had to.

Our final beautiful landscape was the Laguna Verde, another lke but this time one with incredible green waters, not the reflected blue sky of others but a wonderfully vivid colour quite unlike anything else we had seen in this landscape.

After this we made our way to the Bolivian border crossing where it was time to say goodbye to the excellent group I´d travlled with for the past couple of days, but also to a country I had seen too little of but which had amazed me with its beauty and constant variety.

The contrast of colours - Lagunda Verde to the right, and its neighbour next door
 

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The steaming geyser
The steaming geyser
Boiling mud pools and accompanying…
Boiling mud pools and accompanyin…
The contrast of colours - Lagunda …
The contrast of colours - Lagunda…
The oh-so-fantastic hot pool!
The oh-so-fantastic hot pool!
Me and the lake
Me and the lake
The water in Laguna Verde
The water in Laguna Verde
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photo by: jendara