Day 2 in the desert.
Today we started early again, I didn't sleep very well as I struggle to breathe at altitude, all those years of smoking catching up to me I guess. Fortunately all we had to do was drink coffee and jump in the 4×4 vehicles for more amazing site seeing.
As we were driving the desert became more and more spartan, devoid of even the tiniest bit of green, until suddenly off in the distance you spot something moving and it ends up being a fox or a llama. Or you drive over a rise, and there between snowy peaks and endless sand is a blue blue lagoon with flamingos dotted around. It seems life finds a way! We stopped at a few lagoons surrounded by white (borax) to flamingo watch, and then later at an outcrop of rocks in the middle of this desert, with weird looking super curious rabbit creatures and mice bouncing around between the rocks, one of which bit me!
Then it was off to the tree rock before more driving through beautiful desolation to reach the red lagoon. Another oddity in this dry landscape. As night fell we made our way to a geyser field which although cool to see, it was so cold at this altitude (about 5000 meters) with the wind howling, I didn't stay out of the car for more than a few minutes. Then on to our hotel for the night, but still more to do!
After dinner with night having fallen a few hours before, we changed into our bathing suites and wandered down to the 40 degree Celsius hot springs in minus degree weather. There we jumped in before extremities could go numb, and sat under and incredible display of stars, the milky way clear in a sky without light pollution. Truly beautiful and worth freezing a little bit on entry and exit.
Another great day in the Bolivian desert.