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This picture was taken in the South-western Bolivia, a region close the the Chilean border. It is a region at almost 5000 meters above sea level, on the altopiano, where there are hot springs which mix to the cold water of one of the many lakes (lagunas) of the area. The picture was taken at 8 a.m. and the temperature outside was around 0 degrees Celsius. The average water temperature of the lake is also close to zero, but near the hot springs it reaches reasonable values (30-40 degrees) to take a bath. Here some tourists enjoy this opportunity, while waiting for breakfast being prepared by the tour crew in the back of their Toyotas.

The lake is called Laguna Calma, accordingly to what our driver told me, but I have to say that I did not find this name anywhere else in any other travel report.

This area is usually visited very early in the morning (that's why we were all waiting for breakfast) by the typical 4-days tour in this area, because some geyser and other hot water sources are mainly active very early in the morning, just at sunrise. This is, I think, due to the difference in temperature between water and the air outside, which is at its maximum very early in the morning.

This place belongs to the area which also includes Laguna Colorada, Laguna Verde, Volcan Licancabur and other magnificent sites. See many pictures related to this area here on TE, if you are interested.

The clouds of steam on the water, and the silouhettes of pepole having the bath, fit with my idea of Dante's Hell, althought here people are actually enjoying it.

Scanned from a Velvia 50 color slide

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