Sorry for the lazy updating. Blogs require strong wifi, and also seemingly wifi that supports wordpress. One hostel we stayed at in Popayan supported the entire internet but not WordPress.
Despite what someone posted on trip advisor about this desert being “Nothing Special”, this desert was spectacular. Maybe a little on the hot side (37 c), but none the less we persevered and discovered an foreign landscape.
Stayed in Villavieja for the night before, its the little out post before the desert really gets going. Ate a meal of chopped up hot dogs and plantains. I’m starting to really dig this food. Picked up some mysterious fruits and thoroughly enjoyed everyone of them. Some of them were hollow and had strange-tadpole-esque fruits inside. Delicious.
Next day! Desert! Mars! took a moto with all our heavy bags about 15 minutes out of town and suddenly its an entirely new planet. Cacti, and melting red or grey landscape everywhere. We stayed the night at a little ranchero, under the stars in our hammocks (less then 4 $ each, what a deal).
Our moto guys conned us into a tour, which went 27kms through the desert. Ended in a pool….According to the deaf lady who worked at the ranchero, she decided our moto ripped us off and yelled obscenities for awhile, but hey – we agreed the the price so its not so terrible.
The main reason why people go to the end of the earth into the desert is to see the stars which show both the North and Southern hemispheres. There is no light pollution, the universe is laid out in all its glory. With out new found friends, Tyler and Rebecca (they are also traveling bloggers which I will post when I can find it) we wandered over to the observatory for the mandatory star talk. Needless to say, didn’t really catch a lot of the Spanish talk on the stars but enjoyed watching mysterious consolations being pointed out to us with a laser pointer. And one of the best parts – we got to see the moon through a telescope….MY GOD WE SHOULD HAVE WORN SUNGLASSES. We still can’t see straight it was so bright.