Tatio Geysers? Holes in the ground that blow up white smoke right? RIGHT. haha No it is a little more complicated than that!
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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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