Dennis the Menace
Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
224Trip End Ongoing
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Driving through a few farms and paying their entrance fee we began our climb up to the mirador. The hike was very hard, due to the altitude. It's amazing that you think you're fit and healthy, but start hiking at a high altitude and you feel robbed, huffing and wheezing the entire time. Rick powered on to the front and at one stage piggy backed Megan up a part of the climb so she could get her breath back. At the mirador the view of the volcano was great. Looking back towards Coqueza and the bright white slat flats, the view was fantastic.
Climbing back down we detoured to the Alto Chullpas Momias
Moving onwards we then drove to a cave that contained fossils of fish and shells, proving that the salt flats were once part of an inland sea. We decided not to go in as all the additional costs of the "all inclusive" tour were eating into a budget a little. After the other guys had checked out the cave we drove onwards through the dust to a small pace called Altoa Town. This is where we met Dennis the Menace! He was the hostel owner's young son that for some reason adopted us as his surrogate parents for the evening. We played ball with him and took him for a walk down the road where we found some sea-saws for him to play on. He laughed and was a pretty cute kid. He did get more of a kick out of throwing his ball at the alpacas grazing around us though.