Abashedly we admit that we did not know much about Bolivia before starting our trip. A large swath of southwest Bolivia is desert. Not just any desert but altiplano, some of the highest in the world at around 3500 meters in elevation. We got to know this region on an amazing 3-day 4x4 tour. We saw volcanoes, lakes, thermals and geysers, flamingos, llamas, viscacha and vicuna. We visited an island of cactus in the middle of the salt flat, and got to have some fun taking pictures without perspective, more challenging than we imagined. Click on a photo to see a caption.