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Dec 7, 2017 - El Tatio Geysers

A early morning pickup from my hotel at 5:00 am and off to the El Tatio Geysers again it is high in the Andes about 12,000 ft, was a ride about 2 hours from San Pedro getting us there at sunrise to see the steam from all the geysers with the temperature around 32 f, we have breakfast then walk around the area, then back on the bus and make a few shot stops on the way back to town, getting there a little after noon. I am then off to the bus station to get my ticket for the trip to Salta tomorrow morning, back to my room and try to up date...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Tara Salt Flats

This morning It was off to the Tara Salt Flats was to be a 8:00 pick up from my hotel but the driver for the trip was ill and the company sent a different driver who got there at 8:45 and the new driver didn't speak english. Lucky there was another man on the trip that spoke some so was able to translate some information about the trip. This trip was to the mountains east of San Pedro de Atacama taking about a 1 3/4 hours to get there a stop along the way for for breakfast getting the area about noon. The area was high in the Andes from...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Altiplanic Lagoon

This morning it was Altipanic Lagoons, was out front of hostel at 6:00am for the bus to pick me up then off to Chaxa lagoon to see the first of many flamingos feeding on the brine shrimp. We have breakfast here at the side of the bus then load up and to head out of the desert to the mountains and to Altiplanic Lagoons, as we travel along we see lots of vicuha a native of the lamas and there were lots of blooming plants, the lagoons were a deep blue. then it was back to town for a short rest before heading Cejar Lagoon a salty lagoon where...

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Dec 4, 2017 - San Pedro de Atacama & Moon Valley

A good night rest in my cabin in Calama off for breakfast and packed my bags and to the bus station for my trip on to San Pedro de Atacama. It was a trip of about a hour and half traveling though the desert, San Pedro de Atacama a small town in the middle of one of the driest desert on earth. Most of the roads and streets are only hard packed soil and lots of dust. Got checked into my hostel form the next 4 days then off exploring the town lots of tourist here also exploding the area. I did a tour to the Moon valley in the afternoon it was...

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Dec 3, 2017 - Calama

A all night flight to Santiago getting there at 8:30 got though passport control took about 30 minutes long line then off to baggage claim got my bag then though custom and to Sky airlines for my flight to Calama. The person that set next to me on the plane is a crew member of the ship I will be on sailing to Antarctica they have one cruise going there before mine. a small world. Got my flight to Calama got my checked bag and off to the hotel, it was a small resort on the outside of Calama a very nice place had my own cabin, got checked in...

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Sep 22, 2012 - Argentine border

Sorry about the brief posting this morning we had a short layover in Antofagasta before we got back on a bus to back track a little bit to Calama, Chile on our way to Argentina. So we had a very eventfull night full of strange occurances on our way down the coast. I spent days researching the route to get us through Agrentina into Paraguay but to put it quite simply everyone goes through Bolivia and it is the most direct way but we did not want to pay 300 for a visa just to pass through the country so we opted to blaze a new trail and it...

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Jul 24, 2010 - Calama

TurBus 4pm along coast - past desalination plants, piles of huge bags of salt. Otherwise, coast is just as barren as inland, dry, dry, dry sand dunes and rock mtns. Chile is the only country so far where buses have been stopped ( 2 times) and our luggage inspected. Pass Volcano Licancabur Volcano

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Feb 22, 2008 - Atacama Desert - Antofagasta to Calama

Arrived in Antofagasta on the overnight bus (11 hours) - a grim city so we decided to move straight on to Calama - another three hours on the bus, from where we hoped to visit the world's largest copper mine. On arriving in Calama we found out that the mine was closed to visitors as machinery was being moved to a new area for mining. Foled again! The Atacama is one of the driest deserts in the world, although when it does rain the area bursts into life with many flowers and frogs!

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Nov 17, 2005 - Umzug nach Calama oder ein paar erholsame Tage, inkl. Erdbeben

Am Morgen ging es mir immer noch so gut (ausser einer erhöhter Frequenz beim Gang auf die Toilette - ich verabreichte mir jedesmal eine halbe Flasche Gatorade), dass ich meinen "Plan" verwirklichte und nach San Pedro zurückfuhr, meine Sachen packte und am Nachmittag nach Calama zurückfuhr. In der Unterkunft angekommen wollte ich noch die Übernachtung bezahlen und dachte, dass ich noch etwas Rückgeld für die 10'000 $ bekommen würde. Dem war aber nicht so. Die Unterkunft koste zehntausend Peso. Ich insistierte, dass man mir 2'000 $ gesagt...

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