Salt flats day 2
We were woken at 4 in the morning and were fed breakfast which consisted of a few rolls and lots of hot chocolate! The temperature was very cold and we set off all huddling in the back of the jeep. Our first stop was a ghost town, abandoned when their 'devil' (a priest of the town for 60 years) died... It was abandoned 200 years ago and was still fairly intact, I could have wandered around for hours but unfortunately we only had 15 minutes. Our next stop was at a lake with hundreds of flamingoes and amazing views. However if I thought that lake was impressive I was blown away by the next one. Surrounded by colourful mountains and White salt, the water was a bright turquoise green, died by the oxygenation of copper. This whole scene was one of the most amazing I have ever seen. Just before lunch we took a dip in the natual springs, heated by lava to 25 degrees. After lunch we drove up to a volcanic field with geysers blowing out smoke at 120 degrees c, sometimes they can blow out lava but (un)fortunately they didn't this time. Next stop was another lake, this time the water was died red. Much bigger than lake verde it was also populated by loads of flamingoes. Between each stop was a breath taking journey in a jeep along very rough tracks that sometimes didn't even look passable. Even though we were cramped in the jeep for hours the never ending unbelievable scenery made this seem unimportant. In one day we went through rocky mountainside, walked across lush wetlands, drove through vast deserts and made our way across salt plains, all the while surrounded by constantly different mountains. The hostel tonight has much comfier beds, a spring matress on top of a concrete block, and the food was very good. Up at 6 tomorrow morning for some more of the same.