Hot days, freezing nights, welcome to the desert
Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
23Trip End Ongoing
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The coach journey to San Pedro de Atacama was something special. The views were amazing, as we drove up over mountains and through deserts. There was one problem though, altitude sickness. As we climbed higher and higher the oxygen became more scarce, making us feel very dizzy and light headed. We were told there was nothing we could except drink water and wait to acclimatize. This can take a few days... We arrived at our hostel late in the evening
We woke up early as we wanted to rent bikes and cycle into the desert before the sun becomes unbearable. Temperatures at night reach -5 but as soon as the sun rises you start to feel your skin burn! We cycled 3km North to the ruins of the Pukará (fortress), constructed by the Atacameņos protect them selves from other South American inhabitants. It was quite interesting seeing how the Atacameņos lived in the 12th century. We then cycled a further 5km to enjoy views of the surrounding desert. Later on that day when the temperature had cooled down we took a tour to the "Valle de la Luna", the "Moon Valley", given itīs name because the landscape is similar to that of the Moon. We walked though caves and climbed huge sand dunes to watch the sunset.
Early night for us as we were to wake up at the crack of dawn to be picked up by our tour operator for our unforgettable 4x4 journey to Uyuni, Bolivia.