Salt Flat Tour - Day 2 - Lakes and flamingos galore

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Juan seemed to tinker with the engine every chance he got, the jeep made the distance so I'm not complaining!

I was allowed a turn in the front of the jeep today, and first stop of the day was in an area near an active volcano which is always nice, some very interesting rock formations to wander around on. 

Then it was an hour or so drive to oufirst Laguna, we were warned to not get too excited since it didn't have too many flamingos (or in the words of a Japanese note at the salt hotel, bootiful framingoes ).  Louisa had a bit of an incident here, in the actof jumping around the edge of the lake, her foot went straight through a particularly soft part, and what is below the surface just ain't pretty!  Her shoe and foot were coated in this black sulphuric smelling sludge,and there really weren't a whole lot of bathroom facilities out here strangely enough :)  She just had to wipe it off and push on with a dirty foot.

A quick wander around a semi-active volcano area

At the next lake we stopped for lunch, and this one was chock full of flamingoes (don't worry they weren't our lunch).  Emma went missing for a while up in the hills, but the rest of us just wandered around the shore taking in the spectacle.

With our bellies filled up, it was on to some call rock formations, there was this particularly weird one that looked like a tree, how the hell does that happen ? I assumed these were what is commonly referred to as Salvador Dali's rocks, they certainly looked odd enough, but with only a Spanish speaking guide I couldn't be sure.

Next it was on to Laguna Colorado which can only be described as a really red lake.  I'd always heard it described this way, and expected a significant red tinge, but it just plain red.

More views from the volcanic place (you can tell I need to look up the names ;) )
  Apparently it is only this way while windy since the wind churns up the algae (or a simlar bacteria-type thing).  Someone should market that, a lake that changes colour based on the weather, seems like someone would buy that ?  Many llamas munch away on the grass in the foreground just adding to the beautiful scene.

We spent the night in a small village with all7 of us ppulled in to a dorm which had an incredibly noisy spring base.  It was to the point where I didn't even want to move for fear of waking everyone else up! Xavier found a tiny shop, by which I mean a room at the back of someone's house that looked nothing like a shop, which sold 6-packs of beer, so we happily traded with the kind man.  We were joined that night by a GAP tour group, so we chatted away with the GAP leader Apurna as our groups merged and shared wine with an iPod belting out over the speakers.    It's always good to be able to look up and see the Southern Cross in the sky, it's a nice little conneciton to Australia.  some of the most beautiful stars I've seen, it's great out here with a chill in the air, a clear sky and no cities anywhere near, just a perfect night for star-gazing :)

 

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Juan seemed to tinker with the eng…
Juan seemed to tinker with the en…
A quick wander around a semi-activ…
A quick wander around a semi-acti…
More views from the volcanic place…
More views from the volcanic plac…
Our first sighting of flamingos, a…
Our first sighting of flamingos, …
We learnt that Louisa shouldnt be…
We learnt that Louisa shouldn't b…
These foxes dont look as cunning …
These foxes don't look as cunning…
Now thats a few more flamingos
Now that's a few more flamingos
Flamingos with a bit of lake refle…
Flamingos with a bit of lake refl…
A pretty good setting for lunch re…
A pretty good setting for lunch r…
Then the landscape starts to turn …
Then the landscape starts to turn…
Tree rock
Tree rock
Emma and Louisa clamber over rocks…
Emma and Louisa clamber over rock…
More rocks to climb over, Maria ma…
More rocks to climb over, Maria m…
Laguna Colorado is incredibly red …
Laguna Colorado is incredibly red…
With many a llama to play with by …
With many a llama to play with by…
I think its redness is worth anot…
I think it's redness is worth ano…
OK, last red lake shot, I promise
OK, last red lake shot, I promise
Salar de Uyuni
photo by: Morle