We visited the Cretaceous Park- the world’s largest paleontological site.
We were humming the theme tune to Jurassic park the whole way round! Dying to watch it again now!
I cantered for the first time in my life…it took a while to get the rhythm with the horse - it was a lot of heavy crazy uncontrollable bouncing hard up and down on the saddle initially! Aarghhh… but it was just brilliant when I found the pace with Panchito. However perhaps too little too late because we still couldn’t sit down comfortably for nearly a week; the toilet was by far the best seat!
We saw flamingos in pretty much all the freezing cold and elevated lakes. The tiny pigment particles from the algae that they consume are trapped in their plumage, giving them their pink and red colours!
The unfortunate thing about this area (and others too) was that you could tell loads of tourists had been to the loo all over the place – toilet paper and other things all around. Really not nice and such a shame… talking of rubbish unfortunately this is the case throughout quite a lot of Bolivia! They just don’t have the infrastructure to deal with the vast quantities of rubbish that the country produce and no one seems to care. They have a huge amount of space in the country and the people are happy to use parts of it as a rubbish tip.
This salt flat is the largest in the world; measuring an immense 12,500km squared at an altitude of 3650m. It formed millions of years ago and over the course of millions of years as the Andean mountains raised, lifting the sea with it, eventually evaporating leaving many layers of salt and various sediments.
What is incredible about this island is the fact that it is made up of pure coral that is millions of years old. Remember the whole lot used to be that far under the sea! We walked up to the top of it to gasp at the view- we’ve never seen anything like it!