Food Poisoning with a View

I tried to fix my stomach the night before, but I woke up in horrible pain. It felt like someone was stabbing me in the guts and twisting the knife. I skipped breakfast, packed up my things, and loaded them onto the vehicle. I couldn’t do anything but try to sleep through the pain.

As we drove through Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, the scenery was beautiful but I couldn’t enjoy it. Every bump along the way was another stab in the gut – and it was bumpy!

Couldn’t enjoy this at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Couldn’t enjoy this

We made a few stops during the day. The first was Laguna Cañapa. I jumped out of the vehicle, took a couple quick photos, and climbed back into my seat.

Laguna Cañapa at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Laguna Cañapa

The second was Laguna Hedionda, a breeding ground for James’s flamingos. Hedionda means “stinking” in Spanish. It stunk. This was also our lunch stop for the day. I sat outside with the other sick passengers, drank Gatorade and 7-Up, and used the facilities one or three times.

Laguna Hedionda at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Laguna Hedionda

Laguna Hedionda at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Laguna Hedionda

Next, it was Árbol de Piedra, a rock formation in the shape of a tree. We were able to spot a culpeo (Andean fox) before reaching the “tree”.

Árbol de Piedra at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Árbol de Piedra

Culpeo at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Culpeo

Finally, we came to Laguna Colorada, a lake that is always red from algae. It wasn’t as red as the pictures.

Laguna Colorada at Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Abaroa, Bolivia

Laguna Colorada

We drove to a hostel nearby Laguna Colorada and checked in. I was starting to feel better by dinner time and ate my first full meal since lunch the day before. We had lights out at 9pm for a 5am wake-up. This night I froze. I had to put on an extra layer and cover my head and face. It was unbearable for the first hour, but luckily I was able to get an extra blanket. Once my body heat warmed up the blanket, I slept very well.

Continue to Day 3

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