The Highland Lakes

The next stop was Laguna Chulluncani where we saw the first of our flamingos. Small orange-pink blobs way on the other side of the lake. So we had to take lots of photos of them. Walking around the lake was a breath taking experience, probably something to do with the altitude, we were up around 4200m at this point.

We stopped for lunch at what I believe was Laguna Pastos Grand. A very large lake nestled between multiple volcanos. There were some ruins where we were, I have no idea if they were recent or old, but it would have been a pretty isolcated place to live.

The last lake on this leg was Laguna Kara.

The lakes were all interesting. Each one was a different colour and had a completely different feel to them. Being that high the air is incrediably clear, everything feels so crisp and clean.

In between the lakes is like another planet. Not much in the way of vegetation, most of the things are these bizarre green bubble like plants. I think they look really cool. It is technically a desert, although there are patches of snow here and there. You can see why NASA likes testing their robots there.


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We got abandoned at Laguna Chulluncani and had to walk
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Spectacular views though
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Laguna Chulluncani and Cerro Caquella
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Still walking to the car
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Butterfly on the shores of Laguna Chulluncani
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Birds on Laguna Chulluncani. I still have no idea why they didn't freeze
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Cerro Caquella seen across Laguna Chulluncani
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Our cars on Laguna Chulluncani
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Looking Laguna Chulluncani towards where we were heading
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Coming over the hills
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Hitting the gravel flats with our lunch spot in the distance
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This might be called Laguna Pastos Grand - It's where we stopped for lunch
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Everyone took lots of photos
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Lots of amazing reflections
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Little wading birds
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And out first look at flamingos
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This is a very trippy photo which can take a while to figure out
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Ex volcano on the other side of the lake
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More flamingos
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A cute LGB (Little Grey Bird)
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We came through a pass in these mountains
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And this plant must be almost unkillable
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Heather stalking the flamingos (The flamingos won)
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More amazing reflections
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I think this was some type of kiln originally
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And I'm guessing this was an old lodge of some sort
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More nice reflections
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And looking back the way we had come again
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Stopped for lunch at Laguna Pastos Grand
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Everyone having lunch
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The different ruins and the lake
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The flamingos in the corner
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Another old ruin
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Back on the road, heading for the next spot
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One of the formations on the way
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Our rivals... the other 4x4
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The base of Cerro Chascon and the rocks you have to pick through
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Some of the rocks are rather large
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The scree slopes
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Looking out over Laguna Kara
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That is where were headed after the lake
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Laguna Kara
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Driving through the highland flats
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The border with Chile is just over those mountains
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More of the landscape
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Some more of the mountains
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That's our rival car, they took a quicker route, I'm sure that's cheating
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