Travel Blogs from San Pedro de Atacama
... of green in the town.This is backpacker territory but the growth in the tourist sector is beginning to be dominated by the 30 plus age group,professional couples and the more adventurous elderly set.Most people get here through the Bolivar/Chile border which lies some 200 km North of the town.It is a natural route down from La Paz (Bolivars capital) to the Salar DE Uyunni (Bolivia's main tourist draw) on to the Atacama via San Pedro and then onwards to Santiago,Chile's capital.It ...
... dinner. We found a nice looking place and were pleasantly surprised by the courtyard fire pit when we entered the dinning area. We understand this is a common thing here in San Pedro as the buildings are not heated, and it gets quite cold at night right now. So we cozied up beside the fire and had a nice carb heavy meal as the altitude is a bit high here at 2600M, but we will be heading much higher in the coming days and need to acclimatize. So carbs and water are on ...
... had an exit!! Not to be deterred, we continued on hand and knees and eventually emerged into brilliant sunlight again. Later in the afternoon, we took a leisurely stroll through San Pedro, a quaint but busy tourist destination, especially since it was Easter weekend. After three passes (again) we found our Hostel. The problem was that we could not believe that the anyone would stay in the area our instructions were directing us to go. Imagine my state ...
... to see more lakes yet so we were not too downhearted.
The view of the Salar de Atacama - the salt pans - was also fairly spectacular and we felt like we were walking on snow, if rather dirty snow. Remember the dragonfly food puzzle? Brine shrimps, millions of them!
Undeterred we hit the dirt track again and headed for "the beautiful Laguna Salada, whose waters are covered with floating plates of salt" - though no mention of flamingos. I'm unhappy ...
... we certainly weren't drunk, and we eventually got it across to them that we were getting in a jeep no matter what. The tour guide changed her story about 5 times trying to bring the police and border control into the equation; but she soon gave up and that was that. The whole scenario was a little ridiculous considering half of the bus were in exactly the same state that we were. Our passports are now stamped into Bolivia and the jeep tour across the salt flat has now ...
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