Part dos of the Bolivian Salt Flats! On the second and third day of the tour, we saw the Atacama desert, including flamingos, geysers, boiling mud pits, endless expanses of sand, and wind-shaped rock formations.
Oh, the stories we could tell about bathrooms in rural South America. We have come to treasure those rare finds with toilet paper (usually have to pay for that), running water, AND a toilet seat… sometimes even soap! Many times I prefer just the hole in the ground type. This one had an ash bucket to disguise the scent, and two portions… one for numero uno and the other for numero dos. Some other ones have a big barrel of water provided for bailing buckets of water in to flush the toilet. Sorry for all the toilet overshare.
These rocks were shaped by the wind alone… and it was VERY windy.
These cute fuzzy guys are called Guanacos, and were hunted almost to extinction because of their fine fur, but now it’s illegal to hunt them, so there are plenty of them that roam free.
The geysers were so cool! …and very stinky. Had a smell of rotten eggs from the sulphur. Only in Bolivia can you get this close to geysers and pits of almost-boiling mud… you could so easily just fall in.
We came across a park refuge building, where they had lots of bones and things.
I loved seeing the cars kicking up dust in the background.
More coca leaves because of the 4000+ meter elevation. It helps with altitude sickness and acts as a mild stimulant and suppresses hunger, thirt, pain, and tiredness. This time, we tried it with ash as a catalyst to increase the effect (black stuff on the right).
The sunset was spectacular, and we ended our wonderful second day in some thermal hot springs by our hostel looking up at the bright stars. The next day, we were dropped off in the middle of nowhere to cross the border and wait for a bus into Chile.