Saturday, March 24, 2007

Photo Catch Up: Bolivia and Chile

We didn't get to these in Santiago (ironically, we found it harder to do many things in the big city than we did in tiny towns in Peru and Bolivia). And then internet was too expensive in Easter Island and Tahiti (prices have ranged from US 30 cents an hour in Peru to $10 an hour in Tahiti). So here are some of the things we raved about in the past month.

Isla del Sol on Lake Titicaca:

The motley crew on the Bolivian Tour (look in the rearview mirror) and pictures of the Salar de Uyuni:

Our first Bolivian Altiplano Lake and flamingos!

The broad barrenness of the Altiplano:

A volcano smoking in Chile seen from Bolivia:

Lago Colorada and Lago Verde:

The colorful hills and houses of Valparaiso, Chile:

When flying into New Zealand this morning, the immigration form asked which countries we'd been to in the last 30 days. It was sort of amazing to realize we're already on our fifth country (Peru, Bolivia, Chile and French Polynesia) in about six weeks. Hopping between three countries (and three time zones) in one week was a little intense. We're looking forward to being in one place for a chunk of time again.


Tim said...

The Salar de Uyuni photos are amazing!
Were those piles of salt? Do you know what that was about?
Also, in you picture of Isla del Sol it looks like the island has been terraced. Or is that natural?

The General said...

Hey Tim, those are indeed piles of salt on the salar. When we first got there, we drove past a bunch of trucks and workers that were harvesting it.

Also, yeah, a lot of Isle Del Sol was terraced. A lot of the terracing actually dates back to the Incas (the Inca creation legend takes place on Isle Del Sol), but a lot of it is still used today.

Sarah said...

I've seen photos before of the salt piles and they always look so huge. Great photos, glad you're having such a great time.


The General said...

Actually, Sarah, the salt piles are only a couple feet high. :)