School Report – Llamas and Salt Lakes in Bolivia

3 Feb

Dear Children

We are now in Bolivia. Can you find it on this map?SouthAmericaContinent2

Although Bolivia is much smaller than Argentina it has some amazing things to see. There are volcanos, lakes where the flamingos live, mountains and deserts, geysers and the largest salt lake in the world.

 

Llamas

Llamas

Instead of sheep and cows most people have herds of llamas who don’t seem to mind the cold. Their wool is very good to keep you warm and their meat is very healthy. They have nice faces and you will see in the pictures that they have coloured wool tags. This is so that the farmers know which are their llamas.

We saw a lot of baby llamas which were very sweet. (Video here of curious Llama http://youtu.be/00gnxsT37Ek

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Andean Fox

We were also very lucky to see a desert fox who came very close.

The Solar de Manaña geysers are a group of bubbling pools of grey water smelling of sulphur which smell just like rotten eggs (double YUK!!) Some were just little blips but some were very big and had steam coming out of them.

Before we went onto the salt lake we slept in a house made of salt. Even the bed, table and chairs were made of salt and the floor was scrunchy salt. Cool!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Bubbling steaming geysers

 

Video 1 of geysers http://youtu.be/y33LToXv4zk

Video 2 of geysers http://youtu.be/Pq5iyl0FsxQ

Our bedroom in the Salt Hotel

Our bedroom in the Salt Hotel

The Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt lake in the world and the salt is 10 meters thick in the middle. Sometimes you can see holes in the salt called ‘eyeholes’ and you can see the layers of salt and water. It is the wet season here now and the lake gets covered in water so we had to be very careful going across it. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESIn the middle of the lake is an island with giant cactii on it.  We took lots of pictures and thought you would like these special ones. The one on the right is a giant cactus and the ones at the bottom are called ‘altered perspective pictures’. Ask your teachers what that means.

Narna and Grumpy

Narna is squashing Grumpy

Narna is squashing Grumpy

Oh oh !

Oh oh !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *