The most beautiful place on earth

Trip Start Aug 17, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, December 2, 2013

We started the day at about 7am and were first greeted by a lady chasing her llamas down with and umbrella... Today is going to be a good day. We drove for about an hour and were greeted by the stunning view of the Andes that we were promised. My only regret is not being here in winter while they are fully snowcapped.

We came across a number of people who were riding push bikes across the desert. Absolute maniacs. We were stopped by one guy who was clearly dehydrated so we have him 2 litres and went on our way. I think he was French,. He must have been French. He was definitely French. We saw a heap of llamas on the way and even though I used to work on a llama farm, they are still awesome to see running around in the wild.

We saw a volcano from ages away and when we turned around the corner we could see it was smoking from a tiny hole around the other side. Smoking probably isn't the best word to describe it. I'd say it farted. Still cool to see tho. We stopped at a lookout to watch it and see some of the other mountains in the area and I did some rock climbing in thongs.

My new favourite things in the world are sand storms with willy Willys or mini tornadoes that pick up heaps of dust and whirl it around in a hectic vortex. More mountains followed until we came to a stunning lake which was surrounded by huge mountains topping nearly 6000msasl with crystal blue water. It wasn't until we got really close that there were huge pink patches scattered all around. I actually couldn't believe my eyes when I saw thousands and thousands of flamingoes. Everywhere! After Galapagos they moved up the list of some of my favourite animals into top 5 so this for me was just beyond amazing. We took heaps of beautiful photos and I took again one of the best photos I have taken in my life. The colours were beyond comprehension and I couldn't believe where I was or such a beautiful place actually existed. Just when nature couldn't get better a huge willy willy rolled in on the left side of the lake and just made one of those moments that makes you appreciate life.

We moved on from the lake and drove for about 20 minutes to another lake and on the way we were greeted by vicuņas which we had seen in Peru. They are like llamas but more beautiful and their fur is worth a stupid amount of money. When we arrived at lake number 2 I openly declared that it was the most beautiful place I had ever seen in my life, with no word of a lie. Thousands more flamingoes than the last lake, with mountains in the background and again perfectly clear water. It is too hard to describe in words the beauty of this place, but after being in complete awe for half an hour we moved on to lake number 3.

En route we saw a mummy partridge with a huge group of little babies which was cool and made me feel like it was Christmas, I bet that thing tasted better than the shit we've been eating for dinner. Lake three was the least impressive but proved an opportunity for us to take some silly photos so we did that for about 15 minutes.

We stopped for lunch at a place called valley of the incas where I had a toilet break and we were greeted by 3 chinchillas which are basically little rodents with wombat faces, that hop like kangaroos, look kinda like rabbits and have possum tails. Our guide started feeding them carrots which I wouldn't recommend but anyway they came super close which was good for photos. I did some more climbing here then we crossed a massive desert plain which had the 2 coolest willy Willys I have ever seen. So solid in colour and really high spinning right next to each other.

Next stop was the arbol de piedra (rock tree) in the middle of a huge plain surrounded by massive rocks everywhere. We were so close to the border of chile I really wanted to just illegally enter my second South American country for a little while but it didn't happen. I had a case of Bolivia belly so nature called and I found a little spot behind a rock and dropped my dacks but In the panic forgot to pull the little fella out which resulted in me doing a little wee in my pants. A full change was necessary so I whipped em off and sneakily mad my way back to the jeep after doing some more climbing

We drove for quite a distance again until we got to our spot where we were spending the night Laguna Colorado. It isn't often that the most beautiful place you have seen in your life gets overtaken by somewhere else, let alone in the same day, but I assure you it does happen. Laguna Colorado is the most beautiful place I have seen. Imagine mountains, a red lake, yep a red lake, with thousands and thousands and thousands of flamingoes with their reflections showing perfectly in the still water. Willy Willys, lookouts, green grass, gentle streams, huge rocks. Absolutely perfect, we went for a walk about 2 km cuz our driver was a dick and wouldn't take us, but the cold and difficulty breathing at 4300masl was well worth it. Perfect. Actual perfection. Now imagine this under one of the most amazing sunsets. Yep, that is what greeted us

We settled down for the night in our basic accommodation. Think no shower, no power points, no running water but still enough space for a store that sold beer, wine and chocolate. We had dinner, again very basic, talked for a while then all went to bed.

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