Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Rock Formations, Bolivia

"Stone Tree" Rock Formation, Bolivia

Lynn and David at "Stone Tree" Rock Formation, Bolivia

Mountains near Rock Formations, Bolivia

Mountains near Rock Formations, Bolivia

Lake near Rock Formations, Bolivia

David at Laguna Chiar Kkota, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Flamingo, Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Flamingoes, Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Desert Fox near Laguna Hedionda, Bolivia

Panorama Chile/Bolivian border Mt Ollague

Mt Ollague - with lava field in front, Chile/Bolivian Border

Lynn in Salt Hotel Dining Room, Bolivia

Sunday 13th July 2014

Laguna Colorado to San Juan, Bolivia

Up at about 7:00am for breakfast and we soon found out that not many people had slept very well last night and some had been quite ill with headaches (including us to a lesser extent) due to the altitude (almost 5,000 metres above sea level). The water we had left in the 4WD overnight was partly frozen due to the cold overnight temperature - probably about -8C. We set off again at 8:30am through the beautiful Bolivian countryside - very bare with high mountains - the roads are just tracks really and the 4WDs push on regardless. We stopped a number of times to view lakes, volcanoes, rock formations and other interesting places. At lunch time we stopped at Laguna Hedionda where there were many flamingoes and even a desert fox, light brown with a bushy tail. We sat inside a dining room to eat the lunch and have a small break in the slightly warmer air. We then headed out across a large salt flat, past Ollague Volcano (5,866m) on the Chile/Bolivian border. It had a smoke vent high up that you could see from kilometres away. We finally arrived at a small Bolivian desert town where we are staying in a hotel with salt walls and salt floors, even salt tables and benches. Interesting! Although not as cold as last night when it got down to 2C in our room, it is still pretty darn cold - about 10C as we write this. When we arrived and settled in, we went for a walk down to the little town and bought a drink and had a look around. Although very dusty and not particularly attractive, it seemed quite OK and had a number of new houses. We were told that there were 647 people liviing here, in such a desolate and remote place. After dinner we had a drink in our room and went to bed around 9:30pm (lights off at 10.00pm). Today was fine and quite cool. Every time we got off the 4WD, we put our coats, gloves and beanies/hats on and, once again, slept with all our clothes on.

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