I am going to start with the obvious – I cannot believe its October already! October is a good month for me – lots of birthday and autumn is here!
Start with my first post on the Salar de Uyuni, it will provide a better understanding and flow to the trip. The landscape changed drastically on the second day but it still looked very different from what I expected to see in a desert landscape. Its not a desert like I saw in Rajasthan in India, in Egypt or Dubai with sand dunes and little shrubs. The landscape here was almost what I would expect to see on Mars. Hollywood has taught me well. (I later learn this is not my unique perspective but very well known description for the Atacama).
The Railway to Chile
While driving Evar (our driver and guide, cum photographer and director) randomly pointed to a mountain in the distance and told us its Chile behind the mountain. From what he said the borders between the two countries seems very vague. Throughout the space (I can’t really refer to as a road) we were travelling, there was a railway line alongside which is for a train to Chile. You can even choose a tour that will drop you off in Chile if you want. After the painful Bolivian visa procedure I had already dealt with, I was not interested in going through that again so Chile was skipped for the time being.
We stopped for coffee and coca tea in the middle somewhere and saw a volcano behind us. It is easy to pick these out since its the dark, grey mountains that are volcanic.
Cañapa Lagoon to see ducks and swans
The landscape again changed drastically from the very dry land we were in.
Notice the snow capped mountains at the back. Needless to say it was extremely cold – I have to say it was quite an effort to take off our gloves to take pictures but the scenery was so gorgeous, I was really tempted.
Guys, it was really cold. Thats our excuse for looking like this.
We saw this herd of vicunas as well which was a fun treat!
Hedionda Lagoon to see Flamingos!
Don’t they look beautiful. (They also really really stink!)
Sorry – the pictures are taken from quite far away but we were not allowed to go further in to take pictures.
We had our makeshift picnic table and lunch here.
This was a really weird structure. So Evar told us this was basically made by the wind cutting out the rock.
Have you seen my post about the pink lake in Mexico? We found another one in Bolivia – its a completely surreal scene!
Our day ended with these geysers. The pictures look so gorgeous but trust me, it totally stinks! Almost as much as the flamingoes stink.
Our friends ended in the hot springs in the night but I was way too much of a scaredy cat about the cold so I skipped it.
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