03.28.2013 - 03.28.2013 55 °F
After being in first world Chile, in Bolivia it was like driving through an empty desert.
A few minutes from the border we got into the Parque Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avarda, which was expensive surprisingly and had pay bathrooms, bummer, we quickly left humanity behind. First we stopped at Laguna Blanca, an amazingly beautiful greyish lagoon with a few vicunas and flamingioes on its shores, of course surrounded by volcanoes, this is the Andes after all!
We continued to Laguna Verde with nearly 6000 meter (19800 feet) Volcan Licancábur where we took a photo of the six of us in the jeep.
After that, we entered a land of desert, volcanic sand, and colorful formations. This stretch is called the Salvadore Dalí Desert.
It felt like a different planet. We stopped for photos in the desert and our driver and guide, Felipe posed for this photo. He seems to be a nice guide who loves driving (it must be crazy to do this everyday!).
We kept driving onto Laguna Salada where there was another thermal spring. Feeling better and being in the sun (it is not warm at 13000 feet) I bathed.
After that we stopped at Sol de Mañana Geysers. There were boiling pots of colored water and a rooten egg stench of course.
We reached our lodging for the night at around 1 PM and had lunch. It is rustic and located at nearly 15,000 feet!
After lunch we visited the most beautiful lagoon of the day (in my opinion) Laguna Colorada. It is not good to describe this one in words.
Day one in Bolivia and I felt like I could be on Mars!