Day 5&6: Salta, Argentina – La Quebrada de las Conchas

Day 5&6: Salta, Argentina – La Quebrada de las Conchas

On the 5th I had a 10 hour bus ride across the Andes from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta Argentina. We crossed at the Jama Border crossing. THe ride was not bad. I got the cream of the crop seat, at the very front of the double decker bus on the second floor. I had an amazing view of the whole trip.

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Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Tatio Geysers

Day 4: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Tatio Geysers

3am wake up? check.
Minus 8 degrees celcius? check
Not bringing sufficient clothing to keep warm? check

Breakfast at the Tatio Geysers prepared by our guide and driver!

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Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Altiplanico Lagunas

Day 3: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Altiplanico Lagunas

Today I took a full day tour to see the Altiplanico Lagunas. These are Lagunas way way way up high in the mountains surrounding San Pedro de Atacama.

Laguna Miscanti, Chile

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Flamingos in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

In the North of Chile, just outside of San Pedro de Atacama Chile, is the Reserva Nacional “Los Flaencos” (Flamingo National Reserve).

There are 5 different types of Flamingos in the world, and 3 of these 5 are located in the National Flamingo Reserve near San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Andeam Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo and the James Flamingo.

Flamingos in the Laguna Chaxa, Chile

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Valle de La Luna, San Pedro de Atacama, Cile

The Valle de la Luna, or translated to Moon Valley.
Located in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This is the driest desert in the world. What is this Moon Valley I speak of?

Relaxing at sunset. Valle de la Luna, San Pedro, Chile

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Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile – Valle de la Luna

Day 2: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Valle de Luna / Valle de Muerte / Sunset

Lodging: Hosteling International – Caracoles 360 – 9.000 CLP/night ($18 CAD) without HI Discount (7.000 CLP with)

Hosteling International is a cute place right on the main strip. It is nothing special – except the SKY high – 3 tiered bunk beds crammed into a tiny room. I do not need a lot of space, and I am sharing the room with 3 Chileana girls, so everything is fine and dandy for me. Breakfast is included and is a simple bread and jam with tea/coffee.

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Day 1: Santiago de Chile

Day 1 SAA (South American Adventure): December 7/8, 2011

Saying goodbyes is never enjoyable – but I just never feel anything IS a goodbye. I think “I´ll see you again someday”. And I truly feel I will. I do not miss people and distance does not faze me – I know someday, somewhere, we´ll meet again. And with modern technology – I can keep in contact with everybody in teh mean time.

Leaving Santiago on my way to San Pedro de Atacama (Desert in the North of Chile)

Tur-Bus – 40.800 CLP – $82 CAD – 24 HRS

Take the underground subway in Santiago to Universidad de Santiago station, and right above in the central Santiago Bus terminal with the major bus companies such as Tur-Bus, Pullman, and the rest.

My South American Adventure!

So, I quit my job, and decided to travel South America for the next 4 months. So where will I be going?

Starting Point: Santiago, Chile

Ending Point: Cartagena, Colombia (But returning to Bogota to fly home)

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Where to Stay: Kaimana Inn – Easter Island, Chile

Entrance Sign to the Kaimana Inn

If you find yourself on Easter Island, and are asking yourself; Where should I stay where I can have an amazing experience, with incredible owners, and be in a great location? Look no further than the Kaimana Inn.

Their motto is: Our passengers arrive as tourists and leave as our friends. 

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