After checking out many of the tour outfits we settle on ...................for our trip across the salt flats. Our driver, Pedrito, was very nice tho spoke little English.
Others in group included Maria & Sabacian-Uruguay, Mario & Ignacia-Santiago, Chile.
Eduardo Avaroa Natl Park
Our trip was really fantastic:
Salvador Dali Desert
Sol de Manana
I am suffering from dust, wind, cold, headache...otherwise, trip going GREAT!
Flamingos lay eggs into the water, in 2009 there was no snow so no flamingos born. In 2010 fifteen cm of snow ie very little...who knows what will happen w/ flamingos. Even up to 5 years ago there would be 40 cm. From Nov thru March there are 90,000 flamingos. Up until 10 years ago there were 1,500,000 flamingos with 40 cm of snow. In the summer winds reach 100 mph and evaporates everything.
Vizcacha Little Animal Almost Extinct
This Plant Very Important in Altiplano. Because of the military being located in this part of Bolivia to protect the water supplies which have been diminishing, the small, rabbit like fellow (Vizcacha) is being killed and eaten in great numbers. Likewise, the yareta plant, important for it's flower which is used to control diabetes, is losing ground as well due to diminished water.
We drove by the Volcano of 7 Colors, where 185 years ago an asteroid hit and 10 years ago NASA came and carted away the remains.