A little more about Bolivia . . .

posted 15 Jan 2013, 17:27 by Heather Wyatt   [ updated 19 Jun 2013, 23:53 by abush@dore.sheffield.sch.uk ]
Continuing from the last post - I had so much to say about the jungle I ran out of time and space!
We visited the most beautiful national park just before Christmas, called Torotoro. It took us 5 hours to get there, along a very bumpy road in the mountains. There's been a lot of tectonic movement there, so the mountains are extraordinary. They also have MILLIONS of dinosaur footprints all over the place! Everywhere you look there's another dinosaur footprint. They must have been walking in very sticky mud, and the mud dried and was covered up, but now the layers of the earth have weathered and eroded away to reveal them again. Some of them were huge (check out the pics below). There was also an amazingly beautiful canyon there, which we were able to walk along.
For Christmas we were in Sucre, a lovely city. We had a traditional Bolivian Christmas meal on Christmas eve (they celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve there), consisting of chicken, beef, a potato and sweetcorn, all in a soup. It was strange being away from home, and away from cold England (the weather there was sunny and warm).
After Christmas we rushed down to do a tour of the Uyuni Salt Flats (Salar de Uyuni); these salt flats spread over 10,582 square kilometres, and were formed from ancient salt lakes, which dried up tens of thousands of years ago. We were up at 3,600m at the flats, and then travelled for several days into the surrounding desert and mountains. We even drove up into the crater of a volcano - over 5000m high - which was steaming very dramatically and had pools of bubbling mud. It was a little frightening, but there are geologists who monitor the volcano closely, and they won't let you visit if it's particularly active. 
On December 30th we traveled into Argentina . . . and that story will have to wait until next time! :-)
I hope you are all enjoying a good start to 2013. I hear there's been snow in England this week? Build a snowman for me, and maybe an igloo too! We are currently in Buenos Aires and it's SUPER hot. 

Ps. Can you figure out how we made everyone tiny in the photos?