A Decent Descent and Dessert in a Deserted Desert.

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May 8th 2015
Published: May 19th 2015
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From Lauca National Park in Chile’s northern extreme, we descended over four and a half thousand metres to the city of Arica at sea level. Pop went the ears and bang went the lungs! We went from the cold and icy, windswept and barren Andean Altiplano to the hot, expansive and treeless sand of the super-dry Atacama Desert in a couple of hours. We sported our super-hero capes as our oxygen levels ... Read Full Entry

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The volcanic hot-spot of El Tatio
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El Tatio Geisers

The Geysers at El Tatio

The bofedales are the tufts of grass that flourish in this desolate place. Atacama desert.
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Mountain Scenery

Between San Pedro de Atacama and El Tatio

The village of Machuca near San Pedro de Atacama
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Andean Flamingo

It was great to see these guys again.

19th May 2015
Desert Biking

Desert Biking
Gotta admire the tough souls on bikes in the Atacama. We saw them suffer the climbs in February...some not getting off to push up the steep hills...possibly 'cause we were watching! Gotta admire you if you were such hardy souls albeit a couple of months later. Love this pic...the scenery around there is stunning.
21st May 2015

Excellent adventures and great photos!
I love the way you two really explore--climbing up to get overviews of towns and valleys, biking around to get the close perspective and to have that otherworldly Valle de la Luna to yourselves. Good thing your Andean blood was supercharged down here at the very hot sea level. I was just in Arica this weekend, and I fried as I climbed El Morro--quite a change from your usual polar climate! Looking forward to your next adventures!
26th May 2015

Seeing it all
You really are taking the time to get out and embrace every opportunity.

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