Iran – Varzaneh Desert (22 Dec 2017)
Since Isfahan was pretty much “closed” for the day, we decided to engage a driver to get us to some “natural” attractions outside of Isfahan, and then bring us to a place where we could catch a bus to Yazd. The relatively low cost of living in this part of the world makes such arrangements manageable, budget-wise – and the locals tend to seize any chance to make some extra money, rather than to waste the day away.
Getting a driver at the Isfahan bus station was a bit of a challenge with the language barrier and so on, but we eventually managed to get things going.
A quick stopover at a town to get supplies and freshen up. For some reason a helicopter is perched on a platform at the entrance of the town..
Can’t imagine the heat here in the height of summer. Even in winter it wasn’t that cool (although granted it’s been much warmer in Iran than it usually is, at this time of the year).
A yogurt drink, the favorite beverage of locals. This one’s mint-flavoured. Totally not to my taste though, I had to force myself to swallow most of it – hopefully it did some good for my body, at least.
A park in the town. Totally different from the kind of parks we’re used to in the tropics, with an abundance of greenery.
Driving towards the desert “playground”, where locals like to gather for picnics. This is their version of “going to the beach”, I guess – just with no water as we’re quite a ways inland.
There were a few crazy bikers going up and down the sand dunes. For a fee you could ask them to take you for a ride (no insurance included).
But of course, we just had to seek some thrills – decided to go for a quad bike ride. It was awesome!
The sun was getting lower at this point, so we headed over to the Black Mountain. It’s basically made out of volcanic activity.
We’re actually looking at the Gavkhouni Wetland, but as you can see there isn’t much water left. When there’s a lot of water here (maybe during rainy season, if there’s one), there would be all sorts of desert wildlife here. Pretty cool.
Bits and pieces of the salt lake (just a bit of water here and there left).
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