Friday 26 Mar
Salar de Uyuni Day 2 and the curious case of the Japanese Inca!
BITE SIZED ENTRY
Woke up in the salt hotel. Quite comfortable but understandably VERY thirsty!
Today we first ventured over some volcanic landscapes, overlooked by an active volcano spouting out sulphuric gas into the air. This is the first time I've seen an actual volcano shooting ANYTHING into the air so that was cool for me.
Flamingoes in the desert!
Next we did some lagoon-hopping over abnout 3 different lagoons, each with different attributes be it the colour or the type of wildlife on offer. Over the 3 days of the tour I was astonished at the amount of wildlife on display including the llama-esque Piquenas and, now, Flamingoes?!?
The Flamingoes were amazing to photograph in the reflective lagoon. Plus this was the only time when backpackers weren't crowding the photos (one of the most annoying things about the Salar trip is that all groups go to the same places at the same time, so you predictably get the annoying people that climb up on top of the rock formations you are trying to photograph etc).
Rock blown into tree...
Lastly we visited a vast section of the desert that had amazing rock formations that had been created through the force of wind-blown sand against rock. It was damn windy here. Hard to get good photos because of the others climbing on the rocks like curious children (what is the fascination with climbing all over the rocks?!?), but thankfully the main attraction (a tree-like rock formation) is fenced off so I could get some good shots there!
Stayed at a huge hostel complex with no showers...
On a side note, one unusual group of backpackers that were on our route were a bunch of Japanese tourists that are currently living in Canada on a working holiday visa. They seemed to enjoy wearing the komono-esque Incan clothes and thusly were dubbed the Japanese Inca (or "Japinca").