Blogs from San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile, South America - page 4

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entspannt beginnt der morgen mit kleinen erledigungen in der sandstadt san pedro. der vulcano symetrico thront wachsam vor strahlendem himmel und endlich können die t-shirts auch wieder ans licht! mittags ist es in der sonne so warm, wir kommen fast ins schwitzen. für jeden sandsturm oder lauernde schattenseite wird allerdings fleece immer mitgeführt… san pedro hat nur 5.000 einwohner bei jährlich 50.000 touristen, aber dafür erweist sich die stadt als überaus gemütlich und dezent. in den doch eher zahlreichen touri-shops quellen feine lama-woll-artikel wie socken, hauben und pullover aus allen laden und mindestens jeder zweite trägt stolz eine herde lamas gestrickt zur schau. wieder einmal sind wir dankbar, unsere reise in nepal begonnen zu haben, denn dadurch gehören wir zu wenigen touristen, die der nächtlichen kälte entsprechend zu trotzen vermögen. am nachmittag beg... read more
valle de los muertos
salt cave
valle de la luna


bevor ich zum tatsächlich heute geschehenen gelange, muss ich noch nachtragungen zu gestern nieder schreiben: erstens, ja, der sternenhimmel über der atacama-wüste ist atemberaubend, erstreckt sich bis zu dem punkt, an dem der himmel den horizont berührt und dazwischen scheint das schwarz der nacht geradezu lückenlos von sternen gespickt! dank der nächtlichen temperaturen, die da um den gefrierpunkt schleichen, hält sich allerdings die sterne-beobachtung im zeitlichen rahmen. zweitens wirkt san pedro, in der nacht unserer ankunft wie auch im tageslicht tags darauf, wie die geburtsstadt luke skywalkers oder wie im film “the mexican”! die flachen mit lehm verkleideten häuser mit in ebengleichem okkerton gehaltenen straßen und zäunen hätte ich eher in mexiko erwartet. fehlen nur noch ein paar grasballen, die durch die staubigen gassen geblasen werden - aber irgendwie gefäll... read more
zorro
blubber posing
iglesa


ein letztes, im dunkeln eingenommenes, frühstück im süden des landes und dann beginnt eine erstaunlich unkomplizierte, ja sogar erfrischend abwechslungsreiche, reise richtung norden. der aeropuerto von temuco ist an provinzieller einfachheit kaum zu überbieten, doch sobald das einzige restaurant (um 11 uhr!) öffnet, zeigt sich auch hier das weltweit bekannte bild der wifi-seeligen elektronik-nutzer, vertieft in die unendlich reichende virtuelle weite. auch wir geben uns gerne noch ein wenig dem gefühl der unmittelbaren nähe zu euch lieben, daheim gebliebenen, hin. das südliche chile verabschiedet uns, wohl bekannt, in strömendem regen - der norden ruft! ein kleiner zwischenstop in santiago de chile verleitet uns einerseits zu starbucks chai té con leche - ich kann starbucks einfach nicht ernsthaft verteufeln, auch wenn er angeblich die armen kleinen kaffee-häuser in den ruin... read more


San Pedro de Atacama was the last stop of my journey in Chile and it was definitely worth saving 3 days to stay there! In this place, I was amazed a bit more everyday by natural wonders around. For anyone thinking that San Pedro de Atacama is too touristic and is thinking about not going, I would advise you to rethink your decision and to go there anyway. Why? Because, yes for sure the village where you will spend the night is full of tourists and you won’t like it but all the wonders around are worth it. For information, I haven’t paid any tour to visit all those places around and I could visit in 3 days everything meeting local people and families on vacation as I was hitchhiking to each place or as I ... read more
Tatio gaysers
On the way from Tatio gaysers
Llamas


Days 68-69 Our 4x4 adventure through the Salt Flat region came to an end in San Pedro de Atacama after crossing the border into Chile. A two day stop in a hostel with showers was most welcome. The trip from the border to San Pedro was an almost straight 2000 mtr drop in altitude over approximately 50 km's. The change to a hot temperature was most welcome as well as remarkable given our early morning freezing conditions. San Pedro is a small oasis town in the Atacama desert. It is a quirky little place with low-lying mud brick adobe buildings lining narrow streets which lead to a sleepy tree-lined plaza and the usual church and museum. The town is a backpackers haven with a relaxed feel & offering the full range of adventure activities. The afternoon ... read more
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Geo: -22.9058, -68.1951We pulled into the Chilean version of a wild west town, San Pedro de Atacama, without incident but given the late hour, the saloons would have to wait. We were staying in a hostel so it was almost inevitable that the drunken kiddies would keep us up even later- we were just starting to drift off when IT happened. The earth moved... and kept moving. A massive earthquake (magnitude 8.2) struck near Iquique some 500 kms from where we were but it sure seemed more like it 500 metres. We have both experienced earthquakes before but this was more like an amusement park ride gone bad. The drunken kiddies were huddled in the courtyard promising to never drink again. And despite the numerous times I have made the earth more for DH, I had ... read more
Atacama Desert
Main St Of San Pedro
Our San Pedro Hostel


I have had a somewhat adventurous day today. This morning I rented a mountain bike, the only kind of bicycle they have here, apparently, and set out to explore some of the sightseeing possibilities I have missed so far. First, a bit about the bicycle. I also got a helmet, lock, spare inner tube, tire changing tools, and a little bag to put it all in. It only cost 4,000 CLP (about $7) for a half day which is six hours. I rarely rode a bike in college and only a handful of times since then, but as they say, it is one of those things you never forget. I did not find this one particularly comfortable. For one thing it was a little beat up. I have a feeling that most renters are younger, more ... read more
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Today was a daylong tour up into the Andes to see the high plains salt lagoons. There is a series of them and some have the right conditions for flamingoes to thrive. (See photo.) We didn't see many other animals, partly because there are not many who live at these altitudes, but one species that does is the vicuña. It is a relative of the llama, but runs wild in herds in the Andes and we saw quite a few of them today. (See photo.) One of the lakes we visited is Lake Miscanti which is located at 14,270 feet above sea level. That is as high as I have been without a pressurized airplane cabin around me. I think I experienced some altitude sickness - intermittent shortness of breath, mild headache, slightly queasy stomach. I ... read more
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As I mentioned yesterday, I flew north to the Atacama desert. Along the way I took some photos out the window, including this one of a portion of the snow-capped Andes mountains. I left off writing this blog as I was heading out the door for the star tour, so I will tell you a little about that. We climbed on a bus that drove a short way out into the desert where there were nine telescopes set up for viewing. The genial host, an expatriate Canadian, used his laser pointer to indicate the pertinent sights in the night sky. And then he pointed the telescopes toward interesting objects like stars, star clusters, and, my favorite, Jupiter and four of its moons. We could see Orion, but we also saw the Southern Cross and that is ... read more
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There is not much to say about today...yet. I traveled by airplane from Puerto Varas to Calama, Chile and then took a transfer van to San Pedro de Atacama. I arrived in time shower, eat a quick bite and head off for an evening Star Tour. That is where I am going now. The Atacama Desert is one of the best places on earth to view the night sky, so will report tomorrow about the tour.... read more




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