The next morning we got up early and prepared for our desert crossing. We got a bus up to the Bolivian Border where we met our 4 wheel drive transport ad drivers for the crossing. Apparently the border sometimes randomly is not open and this then entails a 10 hour drive round to the next crossing point, so you can imagine our relief when we saw that the crossing was open.
|Heading up to the Altiplana and the Bolivian Border|
|Better get out of the way ....|
Our last stop for the day was at a place where there was lots of geological activity with steaming vents and bubbling mud pools.
|Sunset from the hostal|
Throughout the trip it has been very dry - not surprising as it is the Atacama Desert - so there has been very little signs of greenery or plant life, Accordingly we did not see much animal life either. By the lakes there were the flamingos, small dipper type birds and some ducks. On the land all we saw were llamas and vicunas (like smaller, slightly less wooly llamas)!
It is a strange and harsh place, but nonetheless very beautiful.
|Our vehicles and our tracks ...|
Again we packed the vehicles early in the morning and set off into the desert again. This was our final day of the desert crossing.