Our second day out found us heading south into the land of endless miles of volcanic mountains, plains, and amazing rock formations.
|Look closely at this picture and you should see the steam coming out of this volcano (to the left of the big mountain in back).|
We paused for awhile to enjoy climbing in and on the various gigantic rocks!
|Paula posing for the camera!|
|On top of the world!|
|Elyssa, Lydia, and Paula|
|Lauren modeling the interesting rock for us!|
If you look closely you can see the volcano again behind Lauren's head. This rock that Lauren is standing behind is covered with what seems like moss. It is actually something that the people who live in this area (of which there are few) use to burn as fuel for their cooking and heating fires. We thought it was super interesting!
Then it was on the road again. The picture below is what most of the roads were like. If you liked the Indiana Jones Adventure ride at Disneyland, this trip is for you! Bumpiness for 600 miles!!
Another part of the trip that I found incredibly interesting was all of the natural mineral resources that we saw. This "mine" is where they "harvest" Lime. There are train tracks close by where they take it to the city to sell. I believe it goes to both Chili and Bolivia from this location.
We also saw some of the wildlife that lives out in this barren place. Can you spot the Zorro (Fox) in the picture below? Our car saw only this one, but the car behind saw three! It blended in so well with its environment.
Our next stop was the first lagoon of the four we were to see that day. The white at the far side of the picture is Borax. The boys walked out on it to bring some home with them. The lagoon is about a foot deep at the deepest part. The flamingos were so beautiful and graceful to watch. It amazed me that they live in water that is FULL of minerals. Whether it be salt, borax, sulfur, etc they thrive in these very odd waters were you would think nothing could survive.
|Flamingos at the Borax Lagoon (My own name for this lagoon!)|
|Prettier than the Flamingos|
Victoria, Lauren, Emily, Lydia, and Elyssa
The next lagoon we just drove by and took pictures, so that we could get on to our lunch spot before the afternoon winds kicked in. Our drivers knew exactly how to time things so that we arrived in the right place at the right time!
|The Rudi Boohers|
|And our Adorable Children!|
|Emily and Lauren in front of the Flamingos|
|WiFi in "Nowhereville"!|
While we took in the lagoon and the beautiful flamingos, our drivers put together a delicious lunch for us of Milenesa de Pollo (Fried Chicken), pasta, cooked carrots and green beans, raw tomatoes and cucumbers, and apples! Super yummy food prepared that morning at the Salt Hotel for them to bring with us.
|Drivers a la Chefs|
Check out the view from our lunch spot. It is hard to capture the breathtaking beauty with a camera!
Lunchtime in Style
And then it was on the road again this time our destination was to the "Rock Tree".
|All roads lead to the same place!|
On the way there we stopped to take a picture of this chain of volcanoes that were just spectacular. Once again my camera did not do it justice. The lava that comes out of these volcanoes is very different then the volcanoes back home. The "rivers" you see flowing down from these mountains is of lava that is quite silt like.
|Myles with miles of volcanoes behind him!|
|The Rock Tree|
|Not just rocks... Works of Art!|
|Perfectly cut piece of rock|
|The part that was "cut" out|
|Emily, Victoria, Elyssa, and Lauren|
|Emily and Myles|
|Paula, Ruth, Clara, and Clancy|
The Colorada Lagoon was for me the most spectacular sight of the day. It is a red lagoon that is gigantic, with three different species of flamingos. It is fed on one side by hot springs. The wind and the micro-organisms in the lagoon create this red color. On the edge of this lagoon is where the flamingos nest and lay their eggs. They lay only once a year. The white surrounding this lake is also Borax and it is in the Borax that the flamingos nest!
|First sight of the Red Lagoon|
|Clancy and Myles|
|Our Family in front of the Colorada Lagoon|
|At the Hot Springs|
|Braving the cold and wind!|
|Our nights lodgings at a distance|
Our nights lodgings were primitive, but we did have bathrooms, electricity and running water. I read that some of the lodgings on this tour did not have those things, so I was pleasantly surprised to find things a step above what I was expecting! Not a five star hotel, but adequate for sure!
|Lodging up close!|
|Clara with her Alpaca friend|
|Super Cute Alpaca Baby!|
|The Elegant Alpaca!|
|All bundled up for dinner!|
|Lauren all ready for bed!|
|Paula all ready for bed too!|
We all turned in early because we were supposed to be up and out by 5:30 in the morning to see the geysers at sunrise!