Alto Atacama Desert Lodge & Spa
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Flight 12 - Santiago to Calama - 2 hours
Up at 7am for breakfast and to throw everything into suitcases. A bit disorganised this morning but we were ready for our 8.30 pickup. We travelled to the airport with an attractive female guide, about 25. She lives in Toulouse. She said that Santiago is a vital city with lots to do. There are …
... final day we visited the signature piece, the Salar de Uyuni. This is the world's largest salt flat, covering 12,000 sq km at an altitude of 3600m. It is immense. Once again, we were up before dawn for the best visuals. The effect of standing in the middle of white ground which stretches for miles and miles is breathtaking. As if that wasn't enough, we also visited Isla Incahuasi, commonly referred to as cactus island. Finally, we arrived at Uyuni.
... br> 8: Profit.
I was able to carefully place my bones in the holes in the grid while laying on my side. My hip had its place in the middle, my knee down 2 and right 1, and my ankles down 2 and left 1. My ribcage was up 2 from my hip, and my shoulder up another 2. I could sleep in tolerable pain so long as I didn't move.
I got out of bed briefly to buy a bus ticket with Terrance to Chile at 4 AM the next morning. I got out of bed again to ...
Up again early to get breakfast in - before another nine o'clock start in the tour bus. Bitumen road for the first forty minutes, or so (bliss). We reached about 4800 m altitude at the highest point of this drive so the coca beans are in the sides of our mouth again and the water bottle is going down rapidly along the way...but we didn't have any real problems. Little light headed. Our breath was laboured if we climbed even a small slope. Nothing much other than that. Only two ...
... Inca terraces and a very old church. It was quite pretty in a dusty, cactus-filled sort of way. Next stop was National Park Los Flamencos to see Chaxas Lagoon. This was a huge salt flat, but very different from the one in Bolivia. In Bolivia the rain flattens the surface of the salt, but here there is no rain because we are in the desert. So instead, as the water evaporates the salt forms strange shapes up to 90cm tall on the surface. The lake was huge and the lagoon very ...