The most remote place I have ever been to
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
89Trip End Mar 31, 2013
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Over the day we saw 5 different lakes of different compositions. One was full of borax, one arsenic. We drove through the Valley of the Incas, where the rock formations were amazing and all natural but looked like they had been built by people. We were right on the Chilean border there.
About 4.30pm we were approaching a hotel in the middle of nowhere. Amused, we wondered who would stay somewhere so remote. It turned out it was our hotel for the night! It only had electricity from 6pm to 9.30pm, and the showers were solar, so if it was cloudy, you had a cold shower. There was obviously no internet or phone reception, so not much to do except drink tea (no milk) and chat to other travellers, and have a shower while there was still some hot water.
Dinner was quite good. We asked the hotel owner for a small bottle of wine on the house because we had let him hitch a lift from the rock hotel to this one in our tour vehicle, and share our lunch. He was very obliging. There was broccoli soup for starter, then what we thought was beef but it was actually llama. It was lovely, though slightly tough: like a cross between lamb and beef. We had the usual too many types of carbs, and not enough veg. Dessert was a strange sort of parfait, I suppose you could say, a tiny triangle of it with a bit of tinned peach and coffee sauce, sort of. It was OK. Then it was pretty much time to go to bed as Carmelo wanted to miss the snow and see things in the morning light the next day so wanted to set off at....5am. Hideous.