4 days Salt flakes tour – lovely! Day 1 & 2

I’ve had such an amazing time on the tour, the itinerary was great, the sights and places breathtaking beautiful and our group so funny, I enjoyed every second of it (except the freezing nights, but that’s also an experience…so). I thought it was going to be hard to be without internet – meaning no talking to Duilio, but having such a great tour and people around me made it much easier, and I started to feel the travel spirit inside of me again.

This is going to be a quite long entry with loooots of pictures,…. it was sooo beautiful. And cold. Apparently internet SUCKS here so I’ll only upload day 1 and 2 today!

Day 1: TUPIZA – SAN ANTONIO DE LIPEZ.- 
Me and Anne were supposed to get picked up at 8.30, but we didn’t leave until around 13. We had lunch at our hotel first with the two other people, David and Jessika from England. Then we finally started our tour, we passed by the Quebrada de palala and then the Sillar, that has a fantastic moon landscape. It was sooo windy too! But actually quite hot in the car. Then we went to the mining areas of Nazarenito, Chilcobija, Cerrillos, Polulos, Rio San Pablo until we reaced the village of San Antonio de Lipez where we slept our first night. It was soooo cold. The flush in the toilets didn’t work because the water in them had frozen to ice. We had some tea and then a good dinner, and two kids from the village sang and played some music for us (or something like that, it was sweet though). Then we all went to sleep since we were going up at 5 next morning. I put everything I had on me, It was -7*C outside, and 2 degrees inside… people would think I should be used to the cold, but I’m not used to have it so cold inside!! I had 2 thermal tights, 3 long sleeved shirts, 1 fleece jacket, a pair of socks, a pair of leg warmers, a hat, gloves and two scarfs…. Still it took me a couple of hours to fall asleep because I was so cold, my feet hurt.  I woke up a couple of times during night because I needed to pee, but I reaaaally didn’t want to go up.. so I didn’t, haha.

Quebrada de Palala, this was all in the bottom of the ocean before!

Quebrada de Palala, this was all in the bottom of the ocean before!

El sillar/Valley of the moon.

El sillar/Valley of the moon.

Day 2: SAN ANTONIO – LAGUNA COLORADA.-
Next morning we woke up at 5, and it was still dark outside. We had breakfast and then started our journey,we visited the colonial ruins of San Antonio, also known as Ghost Town… 200 years ago people actually lived there, but it seemed much older. It was so cold that we just ran trough the ruins and took some pictures, then we kept on to the Torreón and the Laguna Morejón.. then we went to Quetena where they have aguas calientes, hot springs…. Oh and it was sooo great, the water temperature was 35 degrees!! We never wanted to get out.. and I feel soooo sorry for the people who didn’t dare to jump in because it was cold outside. It was totally worth it! So nice to be warm again. We had lunch there, and Anne had put her bikini to dry in the sun, but instead it froze, haha so fun. After lunch we headed to some other lagoons and volcanos
(Laguna Polques to Laguna Verde, at the foot of the Volcano Licancabur 5960 m.a.s.l.).

Then we cross the Desert of Dali which I didn’t really fond so much… then we went to 5000 m.a.s.l. and visited the ¨Sol de Mañana¨ geysers, volcanic craters with effusions of sulfur vapors and heavy water. Then we went to the village where we were going to sleep. We went to the little shop in town and I bought an extra pair of socks, then we spent the afternoon having tea and talking and after dinner we played cards in our room.
This is the highest and coldest place, around -15*C outside, but it felt warmer inside then yesterday, we actually had two doors into our room, so we were happy :)

Beautiful scenery along the way. There has snowed a bit here too!

Beautiful scenery along the way. There has snowed a bit here too!

Our group jumping in front of Laguna Celeste and the volcano Uturuncu

Our group jumping in front of Laguna Celeste and the volcano Uturuncu

A small little lagoon

A small little lagoon

Some vicuñas running

Some vicuñas running

Beautiful scenery..

Beautiful scenery..

Me and Anne at the thermal baths - so happy to be warm again! 35 degrees inside, but probably around 5 degrees in the air.

Me and Anne at the thermal baths – so happy to be warm again! 35 degrees inside, but probably around 5 degrees in the air.

Sometimes you get stuck!

Sometimes you get stuck!

Playing cards at our second place.. we all sit in our sleeping bags and in a lot of clothes to not freeze to death :p

Playing cards at our second place.. we all sit in our sleeping bags and in a lot of clothes to not freeze to death :p

 

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