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Feb 22, 2005 - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

A tiny tourist town close to the border with Bolivia. Small one story adobe houses and hostels and dogs wandering the streets. Went to see Valle de la luna, and valle del meurtes (something like that). Trip to the Salar de Atacama, salt flats made from salt rocks. This place is packed of minerals (lithium mostly).

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Kath in London

Feb 16, 2005 - San Pedro de Atacama

Photos added Nov '05 - all from Rob's slides Quite a good bus ride in the semi-cama class got us to San Pedro without too much fuss. The first part of the trip we had seen before on our Pachamama trip to La Serena, and after that to much further north it was night so by the time we woke we were near the coast and ready to head inland again and on to Antofogasta on the coast, then inland to Calama and finally San Pedro (about 6.30pm). The trip from Antofogasta through the Atacama desert was quite amazing as the landscape changed from one...

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Feb 16, 2005 - San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town of about 4900 people. It is the jumping off point for tours into the Atacama Desert. I had seen enough of the desert for a while so I headed on down to the city of Antofagasta where there were a little more resources for things like the internet, restaurants, hostels, etc.

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Jan 26, 2005 - CHILE- San Pedro de Atacama

Well arrival in Chile meant no more altitude excuses when trekking or doin any kinda exercise, but could blame it on the 30+degree heat. Every time you take a breath it dries up any kinda moisture in your mouth, it is so hot and so dry. the atacama desert, one of the driestest places on earth, 50mm of rainfall a year! So at least, found some real sun, yippeeeee........ Decision of the day was not to do the traditional tour to Valley de la luna(moon valley- known as the heart of the atacama desert, where the sunsets are renowned for being...

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Kirsty RTW '04/'05

Dec 27, 2004 - Feliz Navidad...

A small groovy town in the middle of the desert in the far north of Chile! We got dropped off here after our tour of Salar de Uyuni. There is a lot to do in the surrounding area, but because we´d felt we´d seen alot of it at the Salar planes we spent our first afternoon there just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere in the town. Relaxing seems to be the main activity in the town! Later that evening we met up with our group from Uyuni tour for our Christmas dinner, we went to this pub/restuarant. We had an excellent time although for Bev´s...

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Our trip home ....

Nov 28, 2004 - Dashing around!

Hello again - seem to be making a lot of entries recently, but that`s cos I`m running around S. America at such speed! Arrived in San Pedro de Atacama this morning after a long and not desparately comfortable bus ride (the film was called Hell Boy and it was just as bad as it sounds!) and have already made plans to get away again. Shame really because San Pedro`s actually rather nice, a very sweet little village, quite close to the Chile/Bolivia border with little streets and houses made of adobe. It`s a bit of a travellers centre and full...

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Nov 24, 2004 - Calama

The bus from Bolivia dropped us in San Pedro de Atacama, but we decided to get moving and caught a bus to Calama. We stepped out of the bus in Calama and stepped into another world. It was a real chock. It was - like home, kind of. And we´ve apparently been away for quite long, cause we were overwhelmed by the cleanliness, that cars stop at red lights and that everything looks so "nice". The standard of living shot through the roof in a few hours and everyone had nice clothes, all the little ladies with big bundles of whatever on their...

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Aug 28, 2004 - Atacama Desert, Chile

We have now replaced the ukuleles of Polynesia with the pan-pipes of the Inca & Atacamena region of Northern Chile and have arrived at San Pedro de Atacama, a tiny town close to the border with Bolivia. If New Zealand was "Lord of the Rings country" then this area is "Star Wars country" given that several scenes from the Star Wars movies were filmed here, particularly in the Valley of the Moon. The biggest surprise so far is how cold it gets given that we are in the desert. On Thursday morning we got up at 4am (which took several jolts of...

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Jul 10, 2004 - San Pedro or is it San Perro

The border crossing to San Pedro was easy enough, they search all your bags for fresh fruit and veg. These aren't allowed in to Chile as they are trying to protect their vineyards and agriculture from disease. San Pedro on the other had was very hard to cope with after Bolivia. Lots and lots of tourists that had a lot more money than us. We were also still wearing about 5 top layers and 3 bottom layers. It was a lot hotter here (only 2500 metres elevation) which is nice but we first needed to find a place to stay. San Pedro is also known...

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