The next day trip in the desert, which we saw via Jeep
- the Jeep is a great means of transportation to travel the dirt roads.
First we went to the Salar de Atacama.
The salt lake is located near the Bolivian border.
40,000 years ago, the sea covered the whole valley,
now he has a size of 100 km in length and 50 km wide.
The salt lake is surrounded by a volcanic series, one of the most famous volcanoes is the volcano Licancabur (5920 high and inactive).
The view on the salt lake is huge, wide and full of color.
And indeed, full of salt – I’ve tasted in a stone, I can testify.
We visited the famous Laguna Chaxa.
A lagoon that is the home for many nesting flamingos.
Chilean flamingos are usually white / black, but under the wing they are pink.
Pink, because they feed on algae with a specific dye.
I seem to remember the incredible silence. Only the whistling of the wind could be heard.
Occasionally we passed small oases. Alpacas and guanacos live there, mostly belonging to the farmers and their paths to walk without fencing.
In the afternoon we visited a place (I don’t know the name anymore), which lavastone is mined with dynamite.
The workers hewed blocks by hand from the stone. So they built their houses.
And in the evening, after we eat at our favorite pub with Maria, we went once more to admire in the Valle de la Luna, to the gigantic sunset.
We walked over huge sand dunes. There was a strong wind, sand swirled through the air and stung like needle pricks in the skin.
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