I have no words

South-west Bolivia is the most surreal part of the world I’ve ever been in, and I’m mostly just going to let the numerous pictures do the talking for this 4-day trip, because frankly I’m out of superlatives! So often you just don’t know which way to look, there’s beauty everywhere. I have an embarrassment of photos! Reminders: Still at very high altitude, hot inside the car, dusty, cold outside, huge frustration building due to absence of conversation option for me to really share the transcendent experience. Up at 6am. Let’s go!

Monday – Day 1

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Tiny little hamlet after roughly 2 hours of driving.

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Baby donkey!

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Ostrich! (First of many)

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First of many mini tornadoes

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Solar panels. If it can be done here in such a poor country…

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To me, these plants look alive, can’t put my finger on it but think of willo the wisp and ewoks and enchanted forest game…

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San Antonio, abandoned Spanish mining town

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And sleep, in tiny Quetena Chico. If you can. Through the Frenchman’s loud irregular snoring…

Tuesday – Day 2
Up before 5am

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Geothermally-heated water to relax your feet in

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Dali desert – again, surreal!

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Laguna Blanca and Laguna Verde, 4,400m high, in front of Volcan Licancabur, the other side of which lies in Chile, so here we’re extremely close to the border.

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Sol de Mañana, geysers, smelling very strongly of sulphur i.e. rotten eggs

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Laguna Colorada, 4,300m high, blood-red coloured from algae

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This night was the coldest, as we slept nearby, therefore well over 4km up in the sky. We’d been lucky to see the geysers and the lake in this light, as other less reputable companies had numerous 4×4 breakdowns in the late afternoon. An English-speaking group stayed at the same hostel, I desperately conversed for about 2 hours! 🙂 Difficulty with sleeping due to low temperature and Frenchman’s loud, irregular snoring…

Wednesday – Day 3
Up at 5am, morning views of Laguna Colorada

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Siloli desert, and a famous tree-shaped rock. For five minutes, I met Kelly, Klair and Yolanda who convinced me to jump!

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Lunch stop for the local Vizcachas too – eating our fresh fruit. But please, feeding them cooked/processed food is surely ill-advised!

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Active volcano

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First glimpse of the Salar, with its mirages

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Another smiling Bolivian! I’m documenting them. Still pleased cos he discovered these caves 10 years ago, complete with petrified cacti.

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Tomorrow we go on the Salar, but for now welcome to the salt hotel! The walls are salt, the floor is salt, the tables are salt, the chairs are salt… the guide rubbed salt into my lonely no-conversation-for-days wounds by constantly turning his back to me and only explaining stuff to Ariane, who jumps in quicker than me with Spanish. I’m overtired and feel a bit like I’m invisible. Negative thought patterns take over and I lose my temper! Have to be up at 3.40am but get another sleep-restricted night due to Frenchman’s loud irregular snoring…

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2 comments on “I have no words
  1. Rach says:

    Looks amazing!
    The baby donkey is very cute…but of course the shot of the ever present Llama wins 🙂 lol
    Damn the annoying french man snoring! x

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