We then were brought to a very special place, a salt lagoon in the middle of a plain between huge mountains. This "Laguna Chaxa" was the place where flamingos come from time to time. Fortunately we were lucky and we could observe a few pinkies having brunch. Veeery awesome with the reflection in the calm water.
On our way to the main Lagunas we made halt next to a really tiny village (Socaire) with about ten clay huts and a clay church. The main attraction here were certain terraces to grow food that the people undertook from the Incas. The roofs by the way are made of a clay mix and yellow grass which is very strong and the main food for "Pecunia Llamas" living freely around here. They unfortunately have to die of starvation after about twenty years, because the teeth become damaged through eating this strong and thick yellow grass.
From then on we were just driving upwards. Higher and higher until we reached the elevation level of the Lagunas Miscanti y Miniques, on 4200 meters above sea level. And this height is only the foot of the mountain that sizes entire 5900 meters above sea level, which is higher than the highest mountain in the European Alps. No wonder that we really weren't used to it at all. We also were advised to walk veeeeeeery sloooowlyyyyy, to not fall into a faint due to a lack of oxygen. And it really was important to not talk and walk simultaneously.
The two Lagunas were once a big one, before a great eruption of the middle mountain divided them in to. At the shore we not only saw white salt crusts but also black unicorn ducks nestling. Ducks in this height? Mother nature stays a riddle.