A big day above 4000 metres

Trip Start Feb 17, 2012
Trip End Mar 11, 2012

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Geysers Del tatio

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Last night we went to the Blanco restaurant for a quiet meal. I had a couple of beers, one from Bolivia which was pretty ordinary and then another on from Chile called Kunstmann. Yes I did a spell check on that one. That was a nice drop. We went bed about 11.00 pm. this is later than I would have liked, because we were collected at 4.00am for a trip to see Geysers del Tatio.

We left on time and it was pitch black. We collected other tourists from other hotels and started on our journey deep into the Andes. We commenced a 2hour drive in that big truck we traveled to the Moon Valley in. We commenced a big climb because the Geysers are at 4321 metres. We seemed to be diving forever. The road up the Andes was
terrible. It was mainly a dirt track and as there has been so much rain in the mountains the road in places had been washed away.
Well 8 Kim's from the Geysers the truck got horribly bogged. This was at about 6.00am the sun wasn't up yet. We were at about 4300 meters and it was freezing. We were stuck for 2 hours.

We finally got on our way but we missed the prime time to see the geysers. The sun was completely up and all of the ice had melted. We did however get to see them and the had breakfast in one of the most magnificent back drops I have ever seen. The sky was blue and the magnificent Andes were on full show. We were however feeling the pinch of the altitude after having about a 3 km walk around the geysers.I was developing a throbbing headache which would not go away. Anyway we survived and we got on our way driving back down the mountains.we were approx 100km into the Andes. We were about 7kms from Bolivia.

Because our drive up the mountains in the dark we didn't really see anything on the way up, but the trip back was fantastic. The view coming down was incredibly scenic through the snow covered mountains. Yes snow in summer.
The contrasting countryside is quite amazing, from huge mountains to beautiful valleys and huge gorges.

On our return we stopped at a indigenous village. We bought some water and and empanadas.During our stay we witnessed a carnival celebration and all of the people were dressed in the typical gear that you would expect to see from the Peruvian or Bolivian Indians. Sadly we were told that we could not take photos. I respected their wishes.

Tonight we will have our last meal in San Pedro and fly to Santiago tomorrow morning.

This has been a long day so I will look forward to a good sleep which I have not had since I left last Saturday morning.
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Lynlee Farrent on

Photos look fantastic

Karin Postma on

What a beautiful country !

Geoff Counsel on

Great commentary. The throbbed, may have had some to do with Kuntsmann beer. It has been known to do that.

Geoff Counsel on

Whilst you may have respected the wishes of the locals by not taking a photo. I observe that you didn't quite give the same respect a comfort stop by the Brazillian women!

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