Getting Things Settled in San Pedro de Atacama
Trip Start Jan 08, 2014
18Trip End Jan 25, 2014
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I can't stay up too long today because we are getting up early tomorrow to go to the salt flats of the Atacama outside San Pedro.
I awoke this am on the bus from La Serena to San Pedro de Atacama just in time to see (and take a single photo of) the sun rising over the Atacama Desert. I am not exactly sure of the route but I think we pretty much followed the coast until we veered off to Calama. I didn't start really looking out of the window until after finally, mostly waking up around 9 am. I heard Astrid tell me to look because there were some camelids outside near the road. She thinks they were guanacos. After that I dosed off again for awhile, then started watching the scenery. It was mostly sort of flat, rocky ground with mountains in the distance.
What was interesting was that at first there seemed to be no plants at all, but sometimes the ground looked as if it had been muddy and then whipped up in meringue-like peaks
Once we got to San Pedro, we walked to our hostel which was pretty close to the bus terminal. It was rather hard to find since it does not have any signs but it did have the same street number as our booking address. The owner, Victor, says he has just opened and will eventually have a wonderful colorful sign. Later on, someone we were talking to suggested that Victor might be operating illegally from his house and therefore didn't have a sign and probably would never have one. Victor has a dog called Fabian that, according to Victor, will be very "melty" if we call him by name and act nice to him.
Our room was not yet ready and wouldn't be for several hours, but we were OK with leaving our bags and going into San Pedro to try to arrange our tours to the Salar de Uyuni from here
We were quite exhausted by then. I searched for postcards and the post office so that I could send the cards from Chile rather than taking them to Bolivia with me. We tried to get into the church but there was a service, so we stopped at a cafe on the main plaza and had some beers and a very nice vegetable platter. I had a beer from the Patagonian brewery Austral that I visited in Puerto Arenas on my Dragoman trip and it was the one flavored with calafate berries. After that, we got back to the church just as it was closing. Astrid's photo of the interior is actually from another day.
Then, back to our hostel, buying water, sorting stuff to take tomorrow, and showering, doing a bit of laundry and Astrid worked on getting us hotel reservations for our remaining days in Potosi and La Paz Bolivia. After she was all done, she realized we would be spending one of those nights on the bus traveling from Potosi to La Paz. Now I should go back to do yesterday's blog and then get to bed.