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The hotel is very nice, all little bungalows in a garden, the beds are comfortalbe but still we didn't sleep well, must be the altitude (2600 m). Woke up at 5am with a giant headache.
There was a bowl of coca leafs on the breakfast buffet, everyone is chewing them.
Beautiful day, we are going to take it easy today.
Started this morning early with a briefing then left at 10:30 for the crossing of the Atacame Desert.
350 km of lunar landscape. Nothing grows here but, in some places there is lots of garbage, left behind by the miners. This is one of the biggest copper mining places in the world but they also mine silver and a variaiety of other …
... midday – thankfully we dropped about 1000m from the border, Ok if I wasn’t wearing all my clothes, but as I had no money for a taxi as the border rate was atrocious, had to walk around with the other 3 Quechua guys, to find a place – in the end we all went our separate ways which I wasn’t too disappointed about – after 48 hours non-stop in each other’s company, just wanted a quiet place on my own!
... via the salt flats with Chris, Lauren and now our fifth new friend Pete from Kazakhstan. He seems like a nice guy, has a month to get to Columbia. I'm really looking forward to it even though all we hear about is how cold it's going to be. After dark we went and did an astronomy observation in the desert. We ran out of time to do it last time so we made sure we fit it in this time. It was unreal! We loved it! We got to look at the stars through 2 huge telescopes, close up. ...
... a drive into the desert and with much more of a rise in altitude. The bus picked us up and headed immediately uphill to the Salar de Tara. We finally stopped at a viewpoint at roughly 4500m to see a frozen swamp. The place seemed otherworldly with mars like landscapes and the moon still hanging in the sky. We continued on to the start of the off road portion of the trip where we were greeted with massive stone pinnacles in the middle of a vast red rock desert. Now ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Tulor San Pedro de Atacama
Individual Bungalows, nicely appointed, beds and linnens new, very quiet, very confortable. Good breakfast. Lovely people..
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