You Think You can Run with the Llamas???

Trip Start May 15, 2006
Trip End Jul 06, 2006

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

So, we went to bed with freezing weather and thus arose with freezing weather, but its okay, because Carlos keeps our blood flowing with his driving! After a healthy breakfast of bread, we headed out for the day. Actually, I take that back, Carlos sent us to the mummy museum in San Juan while he "figured out the cook situation". So, we got to see some bones, which was about 5% more interesting than I thought it would be. Then, after about an hour of that, Carlos was ready to go for the day. So, we drove and we drove, 3000 soon became 4000 meters, and soon enough we were at a volcano viewpoint. I could have spent all day here just walking through the old volcanic rocks staring off into the sky, but we only had about half an hour. Ive already decided that next time I come to Bolivia Im renting a car and taking my time. Anyway, after that, we drove up some more "superb" roads on our way to the lagoons. The first lagoon was beautiful, but dint have much to offer in the way of wild life. However, the second lagoon was home to many a wild James flamingo. They were really pretty, but I soon found myself wishing I had a telephoto lens handy. We ate lunch here before heading out for the rock tree. The rock tree is a rock shaped like a tree, imagine that, that was formed naturally millions of years ago due to volcanic activity in the area. After seeing the rock tree we headed out for Laguna Colorada, where we would spend the night. Laguna Colorada was definitely the high point of the day. It is a lagoon that is blood red from about 11 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, because of the suns reaction with the algae inside the lagoon. There are really no words to describe what it was like except maybe biblical! It really looked like it was stained with blood. Anyway, after a good bit of time ohhing and awing over that we headed out for our primitive lodge. It might as well have been a cardboard box it was so cold. When we got there, I made Mike film me running with the llamas, so that was a lot of fun. Then I lost a hand to frostbite and that was a lot of fun too! jk. All in all it was a superb day, and Ive decided that Bolivia has to be one the worlds best kept secrets. Eat more llama!
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