I woke up with a splitting headache, like I had drank an entire bottle of red wine. Only there was no wine last night. And my face was puffy swollen. Both compliments of the altitude of the altiplano.
Last night we camped on the shore of Lake Chungará. There are over 140 bird species that make their home in the Lauca National Park, making it one of the best national parks for birding in Chile. It was quite peaceful to wake up, watch the sunrise over Parinacota, and listen to their chatter.
Sunrise on Parinacota Volcano:
We had a beautiful ride around Lake Chungará this morning. There was less wind than yesterday, so the mountains were reflecting off the calmer waters.
Entering Bolivia was easy after we figured out where to get the Chilean exit stamp and Bolivian entrance stamp. The buildings are not actually at the border and are a couple of miles away from each other.
After entering Bolivia we turned south off the highway, and said Adiós to all the truck traffic, because we’ll be off-road for much of our ride through Bolivia. We’re headed to the Coipasa and Uyuni Salt Flats, and then on to the Eduardo Avaroa National Reserve of Andean Fauna in southern Bolivia.
It’s a welcome change that the only traffic here are llamas: