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Jul 17, 2012 - San Pedro de Atacama

Nous voilà au Chili à San Pedro de Atacama, un petit village à 2'400 m d'altitude au milieu du désert d'Atacama et entouré de volcans. Le village en lui-même n'a rien d’exceptionnel et est super touristique. Une maison sur deux est soit une agence de voyage, soit un hostel, un restaurant ou un magasin d'artisanat. Mais les paysages aux alentours sont magnifiques. En plus, nous y sommes dans la pire saison touristique; c'est les vacances d'été pour les européens et nord américains et les vacances d'hiver pour les sud américains. C'est la...

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Apr 26, 2012 - high, higher and higher

Up at 5.15 for a 6am start and truck breakfast - these are the mornings when I wonder what the hell I'm doing! Start temp around 15 and decreasing as we went up but the grey morning turned into a bright blue day. Had a lecture on altitude sickness and a demo of the oxygen. Stopped at a salt lake and took lots of pictures. Got to 4170m and thought we'd topped but kept climbing. Inside Yana was quite cosy unless someone opened a window then it was icy and out side the wind was biting. Was playing cards and trying to drink as much water as...

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Apr 20, 2012 - Tra lagune, stelle, geyser e salar

È pazzesco ritrovarsi nel deserto, dopo più di 3 mesi (ahimé, come vola il tempo!), e vedere come le cose possano essere completamente diverse da paese a paese nonostante l’unica cosa che si trova sia… sabbia. Ma se in India la città del deserto, Jaisalmer, era un luogo fatato, dalle costruzioni meravigliose, particolareggiate, regali, qui il discorso è tutt’altro. Non appena arrivata a San Pedro de Atacama ho pensato di essere stata catapultata in un film del far west. Era quasi mezzanotte, in giro non c’era un’anima, se non qualche cane,...

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Trip Journal


My Big Trip

Nov 2, 2011 - San Pedro De Atacama

San Pedro de atacama After our 4 day trip in the 4 x 4’s, some right early mornings and serious cold weather in el desert, we were really looking forward to having a day or 2 to chill out so we were so happy when we arrived in San Pedro when it was roasting hot and from first impressions the town looked quite good:) However what we didn't know was that it was a bloody public holiday!!!!...this has happened since although we now ask people cause it's a serious pain in the arse!!! We walked about for over an hour in the sweltering heat being...

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Oct 30, 2011 - Planes, trains and automobiles

Planes, trains and automobiles  Here is a wee list of the journeys that we have taken obv more will be added in time!!! Glasgow to London - 1 hour - turbulence (keckin it) London to Madrid - 3 hours  Madrid to Guatemala city  - 11 hours  Guatemala city to Antigua - 1 hour Antigua to copan - 8 hours - first bus journey on own!! Copan to San pedro Sula - 6 hours San pedro Sula to copan - 3 hours La cieba to utila bay islands - 2 hours (vomit comit) Utila bay island to la cieba - 2 hours (vomit comit) La cieba to Tegucigalpa - 11...

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Oct 27, 2011 - 4 days - Uyuni to San Pedro De Atacama

4 day trip - Uyuni (Bolivia) to San Pedro (Chile) To begin our trip we firstly had to get to uyuni in Bolivia!!...we did this through and overnight bus!!....as we have had a busy coupe of weeks we didnt get the chance to look into the bus journey!!,..we got on, passed out and when I woke up the bus was rocking all over the place, there was no road we were driving though desert!!!....it was quite scary as you couldnt really see out the windows, the bus felt like it was going to topple over!!!..this lasted for a few hours lol We made it to...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Day25 - Last day in San Pedro de Atacama

Today was our last day in San Pedro de Atacama. It is a small town but with lots to do, see and experience. Going to miss it. Included a couple of typical pictures showing the aspects of the town. It was a nice hotel built out of mud and blends into the local environment so well. We walked the same streets so many times, always lots of stores to step in and take a look at what they had to sell. Trying to find that one special thing. It is a no pressure town, made for pedestrians and dogs. They sleep on the streets or hang out in front of...

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Oct 12, 2011 - Day 24 Quiet / shopping day in San Pedro

Today we spent a quiet day in San Pedro. Had a chance to sleep in, walk the narrow dirt streets, admire the local scenery and of course visit the countless tourist shops. Internet was down in the hotel. What do you expect from a hotel that has red mud walls and no TV. The no TV is alright but the no Internet, just can't take that. So here we are in the town square, sitting in the park acting like a real tourist. Can't complain too much of the hotel, the staff is incredibly nice. The maid very neatly folded all of our clothes. Sure if I left...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Day23 - Geysers and Cactus Valley

Our tour today started at 5:00AM. They said we had to start so early because the El Tatio geothermal field / geysers are much better to view in the early hours so that the hot water and cold air have a much better visual effect. Yeah right! It looked just as nice 3 hours later. Next thing don't believe everything they say. It may not be a lie but it is not what you expected. The geyser were advertised as the world's highest geysers. What that really meant was that the geysers were at the highest elevation above sea level, 4,320m above sea...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Day 22 - Visit to the Lagunas-Salars-Flamingos

Today we visited the Laguna de Chaxa part of the Los Flamencos National park. Also got up close with the volcanoes. High enough up in elevation that there was still snow on the ground in places. First stop was at one of the largest salt lakes or salt flats in Chile since there is not much water. Here we got to see Chilean Flamingos (which have the pink tails) and the Andee's Flamingos (which have the black tails). We then visited the Lagunas Miscanti and Miniques. There was a pretty blue green colour with a white salty rings. Both of these...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Day 21 - Visit to the Valleys

Today we visited Death Valley, Salt Canyon and Moon Valley. The wind and blowing sand on top of Death Valley was just incredible, so strong. We had a sand shower and sandblasted like there was no tomorrow. Went to the top of Death Valley where we were pretty nervous of of being blown over the edge by the wind or very easily losing our new hats. Once in the valley the wind was a lot calmer. We did have to put up with a lot of sun and sand. Got a chance to walk around bare feet and just pretend it was a beach. After a while the sand was...

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Oct 8, 2011 - Day 20 - Arrived in San Pedro de Atacama

Today we travelled from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. The 5 minute taxi ride in Calama (and it was a ratty old taxi, like so many of them in South America) from the hotel to the bus terminal cost us $4.60. The bus ride that lasted 1.5 hours in what was a luxury highway bus cost us $5.20. Their bus system here is amazing and cheap. They have different classes of buses from our regular coaches to sleepers where the seats lie completely flat. The bus ride into San Pedro looked amazing. Can't wait to start touring the country side tomorrow....

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