Today we will dedicate to the unknown salt for tourism or Salar Sensual. By the crust of salt we will direct our 4X4 towards Ch’jini, a place very little visited by the tourism despite its beauty without pairs. Ascend to the hill “cathedral”, a mound of approximately 40 m high where the pukara or ruins of stacked stones are found: residences, silos, and lookouts make presume that it is a fort of an ancient civilization followed by the Tiwanacota. Next we will visit the Ch’jini cave, resulting from an underwater geological formation with calcareous bodies, a product of the dissolution of calcium carbonate in contact with the underground and meteoric waters formed in the pre-glacial phase 16,000 years ago. The beauty and fragility of these geological formations have forced the community to organize the visit in small groups of no more than 5 people.
Next, we will have the privilege of crossing from north to south the most beautiful part of the white desert, the Salar Sensual, away from the usual route of tourists, heading towards the bay of the Campanas Islands dominated by the image of the Caltama Volcano setting an environment landscape without peer. We will leave the Salar leaving by Charagua, a place where we will stop to visit their corrals of goats, of remarkable aesthetics, already disappeared by the diminution of the regime of rains. After one more hour of the rugged route, we will arrive at the Quemado Village of San Pedro de Quemes, where we will leave the car to explore its short alleys and buildings that have inspired the hotel Tayka de Piedra. We will have lunch at the Hotel de Piedra.
In the afternoon we will go to the bouquet of Cañapa, Hedionda, Chiarkota, Honda, and Ramaditas lagoons, in which a large number of flamingos, of the three species existing in the area, will be seen and photographed at will. Other birds, such as Andean gulls and ducks accompany the flamingos in these lagoons flanked by volcanoes, often snow-covered.
We will venture into desert surfaces of sand and pebbles of enormous extension, without routes, almost without direction. These fantastic deserts own the entire terracotta palette. Reds, oranges, ochres, bronzes, coffees, and beiges follow one another in every curve of the road, fighting the attention of the traveler. In front of the most impressive of these color palettes, we have erected the Hotel Tayka del Desierto, which has in its facilities private bathrooms, hot water, and environmental heating. (D, A, C)