After summiting Aconcagua and saying goodbye to the team, we had some spare days and decided to head to Chile. South America is wellknown for its excellent bus system, much cheaper ecologically friendlier than planes and more luxurious as well! Leaving Santiago de Chile in the evening, we woke up about 1000km North at the city of Copiapo, Chile.
Here we rented a pick-up truck and tried to find our way to the altiplano, across the unmarked mining roads. We camped in the middle of nowhere, between dry hills and curious guanacos. The next day we continued along the amazing Chilean landscape and ended up here: The Laguna Verde -Green Lagoon-, close to the border with Argentina and near our goal for the next two days: Ojos de Salados, the 2nd -if you ask Chileans- or 3rd highest -if you ask Argentineans- mountain of South America.
The laguna is situated at an altitude of 4200m and the views around over many snowcapped volcanoes are stunning. But maybe the best is the spot from where this image was taken, a hot spring at the shore of the Laguna, with water of about 40 degrees celsius -104F- and a perfect place to enjoy the sunset :)
Scanned from Provia 100 slide, shot January 2004.