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Camarones al ajo de mojo, or shrimp in garlic sauce.

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Camarones al ajo de mojo, or shrimp in garlic sauce.
Avocado and tuna sushi roll

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Avocado and tuna sushi roll
Tuna and avocado topped sushi roll

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Tuna and avocado topped sushi roll
Octopus and tuna nigiri, simple and excellent.

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Octopus and tuna nigiri, simple and excellent.
Sushi roll with shrimp inside and mango on top.

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Sushi roll with shrimp inside and mango on top.
Locally caught sashimi

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Locally caught sashimi
Natalya is ready to go!

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Natalya is ready to go!
Chilequiles

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Chilequiles
This dog is so awesome.

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This dog is so awesome.
Tuna and baked shrimp sushi roll. Really tasty, but kind of missed the point of sushi, in my opinion.

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Tuna and baked shrimp sushi roll. Really tasty, but kind of missed the point of sushi, in my opinion.
Civeche tostada

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Civeche tostada
Church in the old mining town if El Triunfo

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Church in the old mining town if El Triunfo
So many tacos!

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So many tacos!
This little parakeet came to eat our watermelon seeds while we were taking a break on the way back.

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This little parakeet came to eat our watermelon seeds while we were taking a break on the way back.
A traditional house of the indigenous people. The two peaks on the top represent the two snow capped peaks sometimes visible in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range.

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A traditional house of the indigenous people. The two peaks on the top represent the two snow capped peaks sometimes visible in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Weird, tiny bees. Sadly the end of the tube is over exposed, but that's a wax tube they built, which connects to the hive. If I understood correctly, the natives harvest their honey to flush their eyes out? Weird.

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Weird, tiny bees. Sadly the end of the tube is over exposed, but that's a wax tube they built, which connects to the hive. If I understood correctly, the natives harvest their honey to flush their eyes out? Weird.
This stone is a map, the vertical lines represent rivers, horizontal are paths, and the start shapes are villages.

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This stone is a map, the vertical lines represent rivers, horizontal are paths, and the start shapes are villages.
Our guide telling us a bit about the site before we ascend the 1,200 steep stairs to get there.

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Our guide telling us a bit about the site before we ascend the 1,200 steep stairs to get there.
This is a (not so) wild pig that some locals keep as a pet. So cute!

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This is a (not so) wild pig that some locals keep as a pet. So cute!
This tree frog is the color of tree bark with a certain fungus growing on it. Now that's specialization!

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This tree frog is the color of tree bark with a certain fungus growing on it. Now that's specialization!
Hostel dog followed us to the waterfall and went swimming.

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Hostel dog followed us to the waterfall and went swimming.
Sunset cocktails.

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Sunset cocktails.
First sunset!

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First sunset!
These things were everywhere, but really hard to photograph. I think they are rainbow whiptail lizards.

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These things were everywhere, but really hard to photograph. I think they are rainbow whiptail lizards.
Iguana!

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Iguana!
Big millipede!

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Big millipede!
Tiniest tree frog!

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Tiniest tree frog!
This is a spider that mimics an ant, apparently to scare off predators. Notice how it holds it's front legs up by its head so they look like an antennas?

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This is a spider that mimics an ant, apparently to scare off predators. Notice how it holds it's front legs up by its head so they look like an antennas?
Biggest tree frog yet.

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Biggest tree frog yet.
Sunset!

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Sunset!
Heading out for a sunset swim in laguna grande (literally "big lake").

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Heading out for a sunset swim in laguna grande (literally "big lake").
A parrot that was rehabilitated after an injury, but now won't leave the lodge.

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A parrot that was rehabilitated after an injury, but now won't leave the lodge.
The view of our lodge from the top of the birdwatching tower.

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The view of our lodge from the top of the birdwatching tower.
Yellow handed titi monkey!

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Yellow handed titi monkey!
Yet another bizarre spider.

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Yet another bizarre spider.
Tamarin monkey!

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Tamarin monkey!
Termite nest.

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Termite nest.
Crazy vine.

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Crazy vine.
Our guide, leading us through the swam half of us fell into.

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Our guide, leading us through the swam half of us fell into.
Tiny tree frog.

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Tiny tree frog.
Another weird spider our guide couldn't identify.

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Another weird spider our guide couldn't identify.
Cacao tree. Those red-ish bulbs are full of cacao beans or nibs, which is what chocolate is made out of.

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Cacao tree. Those red-ish bulbs are full of cacao beans or nibs, which is what chocolate is made out of.
Big cyclops fly.

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Big cyclops fly.
The next few photos are my group making a traditional flatbread from yuca (called cassava by english speakers, not to be confused with yucca, the desert succulent). First we washed the mud off the roots so we could grate them.

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The next few photos are my group making a traditional flatbread from yuca (called cassava by english speakers, not to be confused with yucca, the desert succulent). First we washed the mud off the roots so we could grate them.
Heliconia flower. I forget what the locals call it...

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Heliconia flower. I forget what the locals call it...
Traditional thatched hut under construction.

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Traditional thatched hut under construction.
A bad picture, but that's an anaconda!

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A bad picture, but that's an anaconda!
Pigmy marmoset, second smallest primate in the world!

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Pigmy marmoset, second smallest primate in the world!
Toucan!

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Toucan!
A small heron.

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A small heron.
Under what looks like soap bubbles are a bunch of frog eggs.

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Under what looks like soap bubbles are a bunch of frog eggs.
Leafcutter ants! These little red ants are actually fungus farmers, the don't eat the leaves, they use them to grow fungus, which they then eat.

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Leafcutter ants! These little red ants are actually fungus farmers, the don't eat the leaves, they use them to grow fungus, which they then eat.
Another angle of an Amblypygi, taken through a spider (an actual spider, Amblypygi don't spin webs) web.

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Another angle of an Amblypygi, taken through a spider (an actual spider, Amblypygi don't spin webs) web.
Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) is the largest basilica in the Americas. Construction was started in 1892 and finished in 1909.

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Basílica del Voto Nacional (Basilica of the National Vow) is the largest basilica in the Americas. Construction was started in 1892 and finished in 1909.
Apparently there is a great view of a volcano here, but I wouldn't know!

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Apparently there is a great view of a volcano here, but I wouldn't know!
Whimbrel.

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Whimbrel.
Galapagos Penguins.

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Galapagos Penguins.
I *think* this is a fur seal, rather than a sea lion. It's a bit hard to tell them apart, but the seals are bigger and have a more stubby nose.

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I *think* this is a fur seal, rather than a sea lion. It's a bit hard to tell them apart, but the seals are bigger and have a more stubby nose.
Lava wave.

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Lava wave.
Lava tube.

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Lava tube.
A small lava cave, formed by a bubble of volcanic gas.

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A small lava cave, formed by a bubble of volcanic gas.
Golden Cownose Rays.

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Golden Cownose Rays.
Spotted Eagle Ray.

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Spotted Eagle Ray.
Yellow Flycatcher.

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Yellow Flycatcher.
Hybrid land / marine iguana. The two species interbreed, but the hybrids are infertile.

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Hybrid land / marine iguana. The two species interbreed, but the hybrids are infertile.
One of 3 or 4 Galapagos green sea turtle I swam with!

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One of 3 or 4 Galapagos green sea turtle I swam with!
Not a great picture, but that's a stingray in the middle.

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Not a great picture, but that's a stingray in the middle.
A rare species of land iguana.

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A rare species of land iguana.
Galapagos Mockingbird.

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Galapagos Mockingbird.
One of the infamous Darwin's Finches, which lead to the theory of evolution.

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One of the infamous Darwin's Finches, which lead to the theory of evolution.
Red-footed Booby. The only species of booby that can perch in trees.

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Red-footed Booby. The only species of booby that can perch in trees.
Lava lizards mating I think?

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Lava lizards mating I think?
Land Iguana.

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Land Iguana.
Saddleback Tortoise.

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Saddleback Tortoise.
Galapagos Mockingbird I think?

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Galapagos Mockingbird I think?
Wave albatrosses doing their mating dance.

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Wave albatrosses doing their mating dance.
Nazca booby with a chick.

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Nazca booby with a chick.
Wave Albatross.

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Wave Albatross.
Nazca booby.

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Nazca booby.
Swallow-tailed gull.

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Swallow-tailed gull.
Galapagos Hawk.

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Galapagos Hawk.
Galapagos Dove.

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Galapagos Dove.
Galapagos post office. People leave postcards for others to hand deliver!

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Galapagos post office. People leave postcards for others to hand deliver!
This was one of the coolest places I've ever snorkeled, it's called Devil's Crown. The current would pretty much carry you around the rock! We saw white tip reef sharks, sting rays and tons of fish, it was amazing!

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This was one of the coolest places I've ever snorkeled, it's called Devil's Crown. The current would pretty much carry you around the rock! We saw white tip reef sharks, sting rays and tons of fish, it was amazing!
Yellow Geiger.

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Yellow Geiger.
Green Sea Urchin.

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Green Sea Urchin.
Fiddler crabs.

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Fiddler crabs.
Prickly Pear cactus. I had no idea they grew tall like this!

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Prickly Pear cactus. I had no idea they grew tall like this!
Female laval lizard.

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Female laval lizard.
Blue-footed Booby and a Galapagos Penguin.

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Blue-footed Booby and a Galapagos Penguin.
Sally Lightfoot crab, so called because it walks on it's tiptoes. They are black when young, their bright colors only show up as they reach sexual maturity.

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Sally Lightfoot crab, so called because it walks on it's tiptoes. They are black when young, their bright colors only show up as they reach sexual maturity.
Sea Lions!

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Sea Lions!
Another lava lizard.

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Another lava lizard.
Great Blue Heron.

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Great Blue Heron.
Lava Heron.

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Lava Heron.
Lava Lizard perched on volcanic rock.

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Lava Lizard perched on volcanic rock.
Juvenile marine iguanas.

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Juvenile marine iguanas.
Marine Iguana swimming in a brackish lagoon.

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Marine Iguana swimming in a brackish lagoon.
Marine Iguana.

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Marine Iguana.
Brown Pelican.

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Brown Pelican.
Sea turtle tracks, they come up to the beach to lay eggs.

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Sea turtle tracks, they come up to the beach to lay eggs.
Frigate bird. These birds don't have enough oil to protect their flight feathers from the water, so they steal fish from other birds.

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Frigate bird. These birds don't have enough oil to protect their flight feathers from the water, so they steal fish from other birds.
Parked on the edge of a sand cliff!

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Parked on the edge of a sand cliff!
This dog followed us for an hour, all the way back the village where we caught the bus.

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This dog followed us for an hour, all the way back the village where we caught the bus.
Another humming bird, not sure what kind.

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Another humming bird, not sure what kind.
The main plaza.

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The main plaza.
Maybe a Short-tailed Emerald Hummingbird?

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Maybe a Short-tailed Emerald Hummingbird?
Some other terraces that are part of Choquequirao.

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Some other terraces that are part of Choquequirao.
Creepy caterpillar, looks poisonous.

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Creepy caterpillar, looks poisonous.
There were several of the giant black bees just sitting on the flowers. Maybe it was too cold for them to move around?

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There were several of the giant black bees just sitting on the flowers. Maybe it was too cold for them to move around?
The falcon landed.

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The falcon landed.
Andean falcon!

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Andean falcon!
A brittlestar.

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A brittlestar.
This is a salp, which is a little like a jellyfish.

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This is a salp, which is a little like a jellyfish.
An imperial shag, which is a type of cormoran. It flies over the water and dives in after fish it sees.

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An imperial shag, which is a type of cormoran. It flies over the water and dives in after fish it sees.
Climate data collection.

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Climate data collection.
An adélie penguin.

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An adélie penguin.
This machine was used for research about the ionosphere, which lead to advances in high frequency radio.

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This machine was used for research about the ionosphere, which lead to advances in high frequency radio.
Old school barometer.

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Old school barometer.
The aptly-named chinstrap penguin.

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The aptly-named chinstrap penguin.
Leopard seal having a stretch.

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Leopard seal having a stretch.
Whale skeleton!

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Whale skeleton!
Gentoo penguins. By far the most common species we saw.

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Gentoo penguins. By far the most common species we saw.
The wandering albatross has an average wingspan of over 10 feet, the largest of any bird!

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The wandering albatross has an average wingspan of over 10 feet, the largest of any bird!
This was one of the dogs at the Airbnb we stayed at.

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This was one of the dogs at the Airbnb we stayed at.
Alyssa making friends with random dogs.

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Alyssa making friends with random dogs.
Nuts how straight some of these vertical cracks are.

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Nuts how straight some of these vertical cracks are.
Bird rock.

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Bird rock.
Dog head rocks.

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Dog head rocks.
The greenish color of this lagoon is due to high levels of arsenic, which is why there are no flamingos in it.

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The greenish color of this lagoon is due to high levels of arsenic, which is why there are no flamingos in it.
A natural hot spring in the middle of nowhere.

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A natural hot spring in the middle of nowhere.
This area is volcanic, and much like Yellowstone in the US, there are steam vents, sulfurous hot springs and geysers all over this valley.

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This area is volcanic, and much like Yellowstone in the US, there are steam vents, sulfurous hot springs and geysers all over this valley.
This woman was the only other person on my tour who spoke English. Needless to say, she was my best friend!

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This woman was the only other person on my tour who spoke English. Needless to say, she was my best friend!
Apparently the flamingos here turn pink because of high levels of beta-carotene in the algae they eat.

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Apparently the flamingos here turn pink because of high levels of beta-carotene in the algae they eat.
That's an active volcano, see the little puff of vapor on the left?

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That's an active volcano, see the little puff of vapor on the left?
Looks like some alien infestation... Apparently it's just moss though.

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Looks like some alien infestation... Apparently it's just moss though.
Train line heading to Chile.

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Train line heading to Chile.
Sunrise!

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Sunrise!
This is where we stayed the first night, also made out of salt.

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This is where we stayed the first night, also made out of salt.
About fifteen minutes after I took this picture, the storm caught up with us. Luckily we just got the edge of it, so it wasn't too bad. Later that night I saw the lightning from this storm striking two to five seconds apart... This went on for hours! I have never seen a thunderstorm so intense.

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About fifteen minutes after I took this picture, the storm caught up with us. Luckily we just got the edge of it, so it wasn't too bad. Later that night I saw the lightning from this storm striking two to five seconds apart... This went on for hours! I have never seen a thunderstorm so intense.
Three of us from the group swam into this crevice and climbed over a bolder to see a really cool waterfall. Totally awesome, but the water was really cold and I was in mild shock by the time I got out.

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Three of us from the group swam into this crevice and climbed over a bolder to see a really cool waterfall. Totally awesome, but the water was really cold and I was in mild shock by the time I got out.
This dog came with another group, but fell asleep and got left behind. He didn't seem to concerned and clearly knew the way home.

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This dog came with another group, but fell asleep and got left behind. He didn't seem to concerned and clearly knew the way home.
Looking downstream from our lunch spot. Just past those boulders there was a small waterfall with a big pool at the bottom. After someone jumped from the top so I it was deep enough, I jumped as well.

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Looking downstream from our lunch spot. Just past those boulders there was a small waterfall with a big pool at the bottom. After someone jumped from the top so I it was deep enough, I jumped as well.
The waterfall where we ate lunch and had time to swim.

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The waterfall where we ate lunch and had time to swim.
I had a really hard time getting my camera to get a decent picture of this waterfall. In the end I used a really large aperture, which is why all spray from the water so visible.

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I had a really hard time getting my camera to get a decent picture of this waterfall. In the end I used a really large aperture, which is why all spray from the water so visible.
Another viscacha. If you look in the lower left, through the gap in the cactus, you can see one of its babies.

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Another viscacha. If you look in the lower left, through the gap in the cactus, you can see one of its babies.
These faded cave paintings are supposed to be over one thousand years old.

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These faded cave paintings are supposed to be over one thousand years old.
This is a viscacha, which only lives in the rocky areas of the Andes. It's a bit like a rabbit, but it has a long tail. There is a better picture of another one a little later in this set.

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This is a viscacha, which only lives in the rocky areas of the Andes. It's a bit like a rabbit, but it has a long tail. There is a better picture of another one a little later in this set.