Bolivia

Drive over Desierto de Dali

Surrealistic Altiplano

Petr Liška
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Drive over Desierto de Dali
Inserted: 23.03.2013
Author: Petr Liška © gigaplaces.com

Altiplans high mountain desert of Salvador Dali is a truly a quirk of nature. Colorful, intensely weathered volcanic belt encircling the plain on all sides at a height of more than 4500 meters above sea level. Tourist can be very surprised to see shy vicunas running around here and ask himself how they can survive in so inhospitable landscape.

Sairecabur

The path from the lagoon Verde rises through the wasteland to the chain of colorful volcanoes that dominate the desert of Salvador Dali. The view west is more interesting from the beginning of the journey. Sairecabur – with officially reported height of (5971 m asl) dominates the border ridge between Chile and Bolivia. Tourists who have ascended it and measured it on the GPS, however, claim that it has slightly over 6000, so it is quite an interesting place for peak beggars.

Sairecabur
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Look back

Although the lagoons have disappeared from view, the two volcanoes can be seen like lighthouses for a long time.

Look back
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Colorful volcanoes

View at a really surreal landscape finally opens after going over the pass (4730 m asl) in volcanic ridge.

Colorful volcanoes
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Colorful mountains

The landscape is mostly colored with the shades of red and orange.

Colorful mountains
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Wasteland

The region is really inhospitable here. But even so, there is scanty vegetation sufficient for life for beautiful vicunas.

Wasteland
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Small rocks in the desert

Scattered small rocks on an otherwise completely eroded plain are another attraction of the desert.

Small rocks in the desert
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Dali's inspiration

After about an hour drive from Laguna Verde the path descends to the Salar Challviri, on whose outskirts there are popular hot springs Polque. The look back on the volcanic ridge is considerably more interesting.

Dali's inspiration
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