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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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Jan 31, 2017 - Atacama - Hot Springs and the Rainbow Valley

At breakfast, we still didn’t have confirmation about our Easter Island plans. All of the hotels on the island are booked solid because of its annual festival, which goes on for another week or so. The Explora manager offered to keep us at the Atacama, or send us to the Sacred Valley in Peru, or back to Patagonia. But we didn’t want to repeat what we’ve already done and we did feel that getting to Easter Island was a major goal of this trip. The manager told us that we had some special status because we had booked all three Chilean Explora...

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Jan 30, 2017 - Atacama - Sand Dunes and Flamingos

The trip from Puerto Varas to Santiago, with a connection to Calama and the Atacama Desert, went without a hitch. As we were deplaning in Calama, a well-dressed Chilean couple caught my eye for the leather hat boxes they were carrying. He was wearing a flat-crowned, broad brimmed hat that tied at the nape of his neck. This was a huesos hat worn by southern cowboys in Chile, entirely different from the beret-wearing, façon-holding gauchos in Patagonia. Calama is strictly a mining town, full of monotonous, concrete-box abodes and single men...

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Dec 1, 2016 - Départ de Bolivie et entré au Chili

Après les Grands Salars, direction frontières !!! Désert et désert encore plus. Les buissons qu'ils y avaient disparaisses pour laisser place à des roches et du sable. Je me croirais en Egypte ou au Nevada, que se soit du côté Bolivien ou Chilien... la frontière n'est qu'une ligne imaginaire lorsqu'on est sur le terrain. Sa se ressemble beaucoup. Nous sommes dans les Andes et son l'Altiplateau. Des sommets, des montagnes, partout entre 5000 et 6000 quelques mètres. Très belle vue, impressionnante. Pour atteindre la frontière pas de monter,...

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Oct 20, 2016 - Tatio Geysers and Valleys of Death and the Moon

Today we had to rise before dawn to visit the Tatio Geysers. El Tatio is the 3rd largest geyser field in the world at an elevation of 14K feet surrounded by volcanic peaks with over 80 geysers spurting columns of steam. We left at 5:15 in order to get there before the sunrise to catch the geysers in the morning light along with a brief stop to star gaze and see the Southern Cross. The temperature when we arrived was 14 degrees but it did warm up pretty quickly as the sun came up. Jorge and Ivan, our bus driver, set up a lovely breakfast for...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Pukara de Quitor, San Pedro, Toconao, Sunset at Laguna Chaxa

Pukara de Quitor, San Pedro and the Salt Flats This morning we did a tour of Pukara de Quitor, a historical site of remains of a fortress to protect the Adacamenas people built in the 12th century (pre-Colombian). It was to protect them from warlike sieges from European invaders. After Pukara de Quitor, it was back to San Pedro de Calama for a walking tour. We visited the church which has recently been restored, the lovely village square and a great view of the most well known volcano - Licancabur. The square was a hot spot with trekkers,...

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Oct 18, 2016 - San Pedro de Atacama

Today we leave for for San Pedro de Atacama, an oasis town in Chile's Norte Grande region--home to the driest desert on Earth. We flew to Calama and then went by bus on to our destination making a few stops in the Rainbow Valley. It looked like moonscape surrounded by mountains and formations sculpted by the wind. And when we got out at the stops we made, we found out about the wind. Our first stop was to see several petroglyphs from many eras from the very simple to the complex. This obviously was a major trail for the many tribes that...

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Oct 17, 2016 - Valparaiso

Valparaiso After a nice breakfast at our lovely hotel, we boarded the bus at 8 am for a two hour ride to Valparaiso, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Valparaiso is a port city in central Chile. All imports and exports by sea go in and out of this port. It has a large open air market that operates pretty much 24/7. Lots of fruits, vegetables, seafood, flowers, etc. In addition to the street market full of vendors there is a building full of vendors selling any thing and everything. The second level is restaurants selling day and night. We...

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Aug 12, 2016 - Atacama Desert

After a VERY long drive from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama we have spent a day in the desert. The roads on the way were mostly very good apart from one 20km stretch where the highway was closed and we literally drove on the desert! San Pedro is beautiful and would be an amazing place to stay for a few weeks- bring plenty of money though! There are some very expensive hotels and tours. We are staying in a very small place called Toconao about half hour from San Pedro. On our first drive through we almost drove all the way back to...

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Our Year Out

Jun 23, 2015 - Sandboarding and Stargazing in San Pedro

When we arrived in San Pedro it was pitch black so we got the trusty lonely planet out to take us to our hostel. So we had the map upside down and ended up in the back of some poor girls house, luckily after half hour in the wrong direction she pointed us the right way. We headed down this dusty street, which happened to be the town centre it was really quirky - reminded me of Nepal and Laos very undeveloped but so much character and although so many tourists it's not spoilt by us. We had trouble finding out hostel again as every road...

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