Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Bolivian Border Post

Desert Fox on Bolivian Border

Desert Fox on Bolivian Border

View near Bolivian Border

View across Laguna Blanca, Bolivia

View across Laguna Blanca, Bolivia

View across Laguna Blanca, Bolivia

View across Laguna Verde, Bolivia

Panorama, Laguna Verde, Bolivia

Mountains in Bolivia

Thermal Lake, Bolivia

Geyser Field, Bolivia

Geyser Field, Bolivia

Alpacas, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Alpaca, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Flamingo, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Panorama, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Alpacas, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Colorado, Bolivia


Saturday 12th July 2014

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Laguna Colorado, Bolivia

Up early today and had breakfast in the hotel. Today we leave Chile and head towards the salt flats of Bolivia. We were picked up by a minibus and taken first to the Chile border post on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama where we waited for an hour and a half and were finally stamped out of the country. We then proceeded through no-mans-land for 70kms to the Bolivian immigration post. During this part of the drive, we climbed steadily upwards from about 2,500 metres above sea level to about 3,700 metres above sea level. After being stamped into Bolivia, our drivers in three 4-wheel drive vehicles picked us up and loaded our bags on top of the vehicles. We then drove to various lakes in these highlands on dirt roads. The first one was Laguna Blanca (White Lake) and it was totally frozen - even had small frozen waves. The next lake was Laguna Verde (Green Lake) - the surface of the water was a green colour which was caused by arsenic in the water - there as a result of a chemical process. We then drove to a place where we had lunch and there were also hot springs that ran into a lake. After lunch, we climbed to 5,000 metres above sea level where there were a series of geysers, hissing, spitting and bubbling away. There were no fences to protect sightseers - we used common sense though to not get too close to the boiling liquid. We then travelled down lower to Laguna Colorado where we saw llamas by the shore and hundreds of flamingoes on the lake. The scenery by all of these lakes was mountainous and stunning, impossibly beautiful. At about 5:00pm, we stopped for the night at an accommodation where these trips stay. The rooms were fairly comfortable but very cold. We stayed with four of our fellow travellers in a room with six beds. After we set up, we went to the dining room for a coffee and biscuits, then walked up to a little basic shop nearby and bought a coke to have with our rum. Then back into the dining room for dinner (in our coats and woollen hats) and to bed around 9:30pm. The lights were turned off at 10.00pm and we all attempted to get warm enough to go to sleep. In the morning we found that we had all lain awake for hours, Lynn had even made the trip up the corridor to the toilet 3 times before she finally went to sleep. She managed to get warm enough by wrapping her coat around herself in the bed and wearing her gloves and hat - and of course, we all slept with all our warm clothes on. The overnight temperature in the room had been 2C.



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