Leaving Bolivia

Our last morning started stupidly early. A 4:30am departure so we could be at the Sol de Manana geyser field to watch the dawn.

The geysers were the highest point in the trip, depending on what source you read, they are at anywhere from 4800m to 5000m. That's high.

Walking around them was interesting. You can hear them and smell them, but it was still pitch black. I had a torch and I'd shine it to one side and suddenly discover we were standing on the edge of a bubbling crater. We really should have been able to sleep in for an extra hour and see them in the light.

We then drove down to Laguna Collpa which has a thermal spring that flows into it. We huddled around the spring, questioning the sanity of the people who braved the cold air to hop in, while we watched the sun rise.

We had breakfast there, then headed off for Laguna Verde. The drive is very desolate, but a sort of stunning vista of nothing.

Laguna Verde was the next stop. A stunning green lake nestled at the foot of two volcanos. Another Bolivian icon. A popular spot on the tourist circuit I'm guessing.

I did love the Bolivian Chilian border. It is just a building in the middle of nowhere. There is a slight trench that runs across a gravel plain. Your car drives up, you walk in, get a stamp in your passport, then step across the trench and into a waiting car and you're in Chile. I suspect for the people who work there, its the Bolivian equilivant of being sent to a weather station at the North Pole.

And by 10am, our four wheel drive trek had come to an end. Driving down into Chile did feel like returning to civilisation, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Bolivia.


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The Sol de Manana geyser field, it was 5am and at 4800-5000+m depending on what source you get
5:59pm 13th March 2012
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Laguna Collpa just before dawn
6:32pm 13th March 2012
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Laguna Collpa at dawn
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The sun coming down the mountains behind the lake
6:46pm 13th March 2012
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Everyone sitting around with their feet in the thermal spring at Laguna Collpa
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Mountains and the Jara Pampa (plain) on the way to Laguna Verde
7:42pm 13th March 2012
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Mountains on the way to Laguna Verde
7:46pm 13th March 2012
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Mountains on the way to Laguna Verde
7:52pm 13th March 2012
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This is more a hill than a mountain
8:00pm 13th March 2012
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Licancabur volcano over Laguna Verde
8:28pm 13th March 2012
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Laguna Verde and Licancabur volcano
8:29pm 13th March 2012
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Juriques volcano by Laguna Verde
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Looking back up the shallow end of Laguna Verde
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A tourist pose at Laguna Verde
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Jana, Heather and Ralph at Laguna Verde
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Licancabur volcano
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The other side of Juriques volcano
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This is the bus that never made it
9:14pm 13th March 2012
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The Bolivian/Chilian border
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