The thing about a desert is that it is very hot during the day, and it’s that much colder at night. At daybreak, we paced the street outside our hostel to keep warm, waiting to be picked up by the tour bus for Piedras Rojas (Red Rocks). The bus was late, and we ended up watching the sunrise over our street and the volcanos in the distance.
On the way to Piedras Rojas, we stopped for breakfast and to see an old church with multiple cactus wood features. This wood is made from cactus that had been dried for a year. The panels are connected with cactus fiber.
When we arrived at Piedras Rojas, the tour guide cautioned us not to let our emotions overwhelm our experience.
We could see why she warned us. The red rocks were created from volcanic lava and ash. The lagoon that had collected was frozen over and looked blue green.
The mountains in the back ground are either volcanos or piles of volcanic ash.
We gazed out over the lagoon…
Will felt so great, he thought he could take off.
But he settled for a little meditation.
Next, we headed to one of the highest lakes in the world. On the way, we saw a family of Vicuna, which are an endangered relative of the llama.
We had to walk to Lagunas Altiplanicus from the entrance because snow had blocked the road.
So Will took advantage of the situation.
We stopped in a small town for lunch and the bathroom.
Then we headed to the Atacama Salt Flats, created (of course) by volcanic ash and the evaporation cycle of these lagoons. How many flamingos can you find?
We got to hold a flamingo egg.
And see a number of flamingos.
We strolled along the salt flat.
And enjoyed the close of the day and the ride back to San Pedro.
Stayed tuned for more tomorrow!
Check out pics from our other days in San Pedro:
Day 4 Valle de la Luna
Elizabeth & Will