Crossing into Chilean, desertlands.....
Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
67Trip End Aug 2005
Then we had the most staright forward border crossing of them all over into Chile!!! well deserved after our last border adventure, methinks.
First impressions of "Chile"? It`s very flat and desertlike indeed. The road from the border to "Arica" (first point to catch a bus southwards). Is as straight as a straight thing, you literally see as far as the road takes you......Just like in the movies. From here we took an ovewrnight bus (yes yet another!) onto "Calamba" and then chnged onto "San Pedro", home to the "Lunar Landscape" environment. Here it is once again a much colder climate and so back on with the woollies!!! After an overnight journey to the border we reached the town of "Calamba", Chile to change buses moving onto "SAn Pedro", where we planned our trip over the "Salt Flats" of "Sala de Uyuni" Bolivia
Before we left for "Salar de Uyuni", we went to visit the "Valle de Luna", which is a really "Moonscape" landscape and just quite amazing to see indeed. lotīs of sand and many sculptural formations formed by the wind!! We spent the whole afternoon there, and climbed one of the recommended peaks to catch the amazing sunlight, when the sun sinks behind the peaks. The colours are just not captured by our little "Cybershot" replacement for the stolen 35mm. But the experience was worth it, we just sat upon the rocks watching and waiting........then it was a real ahhhh experience. Well worth doing.
On day number two, we'd booked ourselves onto probably the most expensive tour we have done since being away!!! It was with an agency called "Nomade Expediciones", used to be called something else before, but there was a change of partners etc... We spent one day looking and observing "Rock Art" as they ca}ll their indeginous peoples art work, carved into the mountainside of "Great Canyons" which split the "Atacamba Desert" in two, north of "San Pedro" by 180/90kmīs
For all you rock lovers and painters/sculptors out there this is definately a must see if ever in the Chilean district!!!! Time to go checlk out some "Salt Plains" now......Ciao!!!!