|Tropic of Capricorn Marker on the Inca Trail|
|Old Inca Trail|
|Snow Covered Road|
|Vicuna along the road|
|Putting Chains on to get to the lakes|
Oh and one other thing – the last 4-5 kms of the climb this replace van had transmission issues, but thank goodness they were able to fix it. What a day regarding transportation. However throughout the whole day we had wonderful views of the snow covered Andes Mountain in this part of Chile. At the elevations below the snow covered peaks it is desert, but not as barren as we saw around Calama yesterday. Today there was some sage brush and other desert plants – some even had little pink flowers.
|Lake (Laguna) Miscanti|
We are now enroute to the area of salt lakes. There is a large area with salt deposits. Due to there not being rain, the salt deposits are not flat like we think of then in Utah. (see photo) There are three species of flamingo who love this area, as well as other birdlife. It was an extremely interesting area – however not what we were expecting.
Flamingos at Salt Lake
|Salt Crystals near the Slat Lake|
What an interesting day. Tomorrow we are beginning our day at 5:00 am. Again we have to drive a distance and need to be there at daybreak to see geysers erupting. Warm clothes will definitely be needed again.