El Grupo / The group
El grupo que íbamos en el 4x4 fue muy agradable , nos lo pasamos muy bien . Eramos 9 personas , el conductor ( Leonardo ) , la cocinera (Adriana ) , su hijo ( Diego ) y seis pasajeros : Maja y Matei de Slovenia , un chico de japón y nosotros tres
The group that we were in the 4x4 it was very nice , we had a good time . We were 9 persons , the driver ( Leonardo ) , the cook (Adriana ) her son (Diego ) and six passengers :
Maja and Matei from Slovenia , one boy from Japan and we three from Spain
Flamencos - Flamingos
Esta zona del Altiplano es conocida como el “Nido de los Andes”, ya que ahí viven más de 30.000 flamencos de tres especies diferentes que nidifican en el (andino , chileno y james )
This area of the "Altiplano" is known as the "Andean Nest" , as more than 30.000 flamingos of three different spices (Andean , Chilean , James ) are living and nesting there
Cristalización - Crystallizing
Es curioso pero la sal cristaliza en grandes figuras de cinco o seis lados , que se ven en todo el salar
It is curious but the salt crystallize in figures of fiveor six sides , that you may see when you walk in the Salar
Mummified - Momifie
Next to the salt hotel of Atulchi, you may visit a small cavern where some mummies were discovered. Among them, a bucket, in which the mummified skeleton of a baby is resting. Yeah, kids should always be shut in buckets !!!
Pres de l'hotel de sel d'Atulchi, on peut visiter une petite caverne ou des momies ont ete decouvertes. Parmi elles,un seau renferme le squelette d'un bebe momie. Ouais, j'ai tujours pense ausi que les gosses devraient etre enfermes dans des seaux !!!
what can grow in the shade
Perhaps the strangest sight out here is a brilliant green moss that manages to exist by growing on the southern "shady" side of the rocks. This cool and assumingly damper environment is conducive to the vegetation's growth in the most unlikely of places.
hm, not really cultural guidance, but I want to share this with you although I don´t have any numbers anymore. I had the chance to visit Bolivians in the salt production. It´s a very very hard work and very very very bad paid.
Imagine, all of you are consuming salt every day and paying very few money for it!
Nevertheless there´s a high value of salt for the people. Saw once a report about "salt producter" who travel with their Lamas from the salar de Uyuni to the Yungas (behind La Paz) to sell the salt. But it´s more a kind of changing, they give salt, others have got some vegetables for example. Monthes later they regress to their village with food for the rest of the year. It´s a very hard life.
Cooking in the open
Our guide prepared a meal of hot sweet potatoes, baked in the ground, which were prepared whilst we bathed at sunset in the hotsprings, oh and were they nice!
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