Breathtaking in many ways. It was a 10K hike at just over 12,000 ft. altitude – a little easier now that we’ve been at our 8,000 ft. base camp for a couple of days. The altitude headaches have subsided for the most part. We drank an extra bottle of water per every 500 ft. gain in elevation. It was a tough hike – it’s hard to hike slowly enough to be able to breathe normally and have a semi-normal heart rate when you are this high.

Also breathtaking in beauty!! What looks like snow in the middle of the photo is actually a huge salt flat. The white on top of the mountains is not snow, either, but sulphur deposits. We saw flocks of wild flamingos who burst into color when they flew with brilliant coral black tipped wings.

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