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The Imposing Sandstone Tower in Quebrada Palala

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Despite the sweltering heat  the kaleidoscopic landscape just outsie the small village of Tupiza made the hike worth all the sweat I shed on the way.

This tower of sandstone stands in stark contrast to the surrounding badlands in the valley and seems to glow under the sun.

During the rainy season the valley of Palala on which it stands becomes flooded and is impassable.

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