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Our Salt Flats Tour ended in the small Chilean town of San Pedro de Atacama. We continued travelling with Josh, a Canadian guy who had been in our jeep. The main attraction of the Atacama Desert is star-gazing due to the cloudless skies on most nights of the year. Unfortunately we were there 4 days prior to the Full Moon, so a lot of the tour agencies were closed. However, we stumbled upon a guy who was still offering the trips. That night we set off out of the town, ...
... autre ville rien de spéciale, quelques monuments éparpilles partout dans la ville.
On a loué une voiture et pris route vers Valparaiso et vina del Mar un peu spéciales au bord de la mer mais rien de waouw non plus.
Nataliya est tombé malade 38.7 de fièvre ce qui nous a un peu stressés mais après une injection à l'hôpital et quelques médicaments tout est rentré dans l'ordre et ...
... 8211; no whales or dolphins, just a few Humboldt penguins, sea lions and one fraction of a second glimpse of a chungchungo, a sea otter, scuttling through the rocks.
Got back about 2pm, salty as hell as had been windward, and had an awful, pricey lunch – was glad to head back at 3.30pm, Chilean time! Just enough time to stock up on beers etc at the super and only miss the 1st 10 mins of the England v Italy game, which of course, we ...
... was almost deserted before 11am, but other than that, we hardly bothered with the beach. We did, however, take advantage of other things the place had to offer.
One day we rented bikes and rode along the beach path to Coquimbo, the sister city of La Serena, and also the industrial port for the region. Mostly what we saw were crowded fish markets and a few colonial buildings covered in grafitti. We stopped for lunch and had our ...
... led to the park entrance. After that it was another 7 km to the 1 km trail in the "forest." This is the sole remaining part of the huge forest that used to cover the coast of northern Chile - or this part of Chile - not the most extreme north. This part from La Serena to the park entrance took over 2 hr.
We stopped at the interpretative center and ate our picnic lunch - our goat cheese, tomatoes, bread that Astrid picked up ...