|Parque Nacional Lauca|
|1 hr later - the fog has rolled in|
|Rising up onto the Altiplano|
|Stunning dusting of snow!|
|I love that you can't really see the whole mountain...|
|Just mainly these frozen waterfall foothills|
|Pink flamingo at Lago Cotacotani|
|The Conaf refugio|
i guess i'm pretty lucky - i don't seem to suffer too much, and acclimatise well. my heart rate keeps pretty low, and my oxygen high. Philipe however is not so lucky - his heart rate is much faster, and oxygen lower, and takes him a lot longer to acclimatise. this evening after not showering for 3 days, and being quite cold and wet, we thought we'd um. go to the hot springs. but coming out of that water, at 3700m, does make even me woozy! it reminds me of my father - we were at about 3000m near arequipa - and there he is doing butterfly in the hot springs... crazy!
|Getting some of the local history of the parque from Jorge - the Conaf Guardaparque|
|Inside the parque|
|Adobe church (1500s) in Parinacota|
|On our way out of the parque - still 4000m|
|Navigating the 30km diversion - with oncoming truck traffic on 1 lane|
Tomorrow we head back down to hot and dry Arica. Someone is coming to see my bike as I am trying to sell it, so fingers crossed I can pass on to someone good! After 1 week, i'm happy to be going somewhere dry and sunny, though... well I guess after 1 day I'll be thinking fondly of the lush green hills of slushy red landsides!