The Altiplano landscape is a 600 mile stretch of ice, fire, wind and salt – a land that is both eerie yet majestic. The 12,000 foot high plateau ripples through the Andes of Bolivia, Peru and Argentina and holds the records for the world’s highest navigable lake, the largest salt flat and is earth’s second largest mountain plateau.
Higher than many peaks in the Rockies, the Altiplano was born from a collision between the Pacific Ocean floor and the South American mainland that shook and chucked up two Andean ridges along a striking high basin.
Water basins once decorated these lands with the cool shade of blue, and since their evaporation leaves reminders of patterns and colours in the ground.
Toward the southern rim of the Altiplano, where Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina meet, jagged volcanoes show no fear as they bubble and sputter lava out of their mouths and down their sides. Even baby mud volcanoes hiss through the soil, popping out large bubbles. Altiplano is a capture of the prehistoric landscapes that once ripped across the earth before the minds of man intervened.
Altiplano is home to some impressive animals, including the world’s most adored pink bird – the Puna flamingo. Laguna Colorado, a salty red lake is visited by groups of these flamingos who reflect their unique colours in the ripples of the water, making it a delightful place to breed. Other species native to Altiplano include herds of llamas and alpacas that utilities the flat, spring-fed pastures, alongside with chinchillas and foxes.
Titicaca – an impressive navigable lake that stands as the worlds highest is a beautiful sight to breathe in.
A land that bears little or no trees and crops must be very harsh to tame and utilise. But nevertheless the absence of green leaves is replaced by silver and tin that rests beneath the surface, and not forgetting the sulphurous mudpots and geysers of Sol de Manana.
Intensive geological sites, cacti that stick out of the land like gravestones, the pattern of a giraffe’s skin tiled across the floor, immense blues and dry land that make you scared to swallow are all astonishing views to witness across Altiplano