Yay george is here! Loving life 2k12.
So we got a bus from salta to san pedro de atacama in the day over the andies. Was a nicr journey saw pretty cool mountains! San pedro is a town in te desert, and btdubs atacama desert is the driest in the world. There are some places here where there has never been any recorded rainfall, and its humidity is 15% compared to saharah which is 40%, more than dopple as our our guide kept saying! Haha. Our hostel only has water for 10 hours a day. After we had checked in i found out there wifi password was cat pack, and there was shloads of cats around, bugger! Also took us ages to ind our hostel a is on the outskirts of town and had no idea where it was. The owner was very nice though! Me and em then set to work to plan an epic itinary for georges first day ad wrote it on a napkin then went to meet him at the bus station, gave him a beer and thru confetty on him!
The next day was was GEIday (georges epic itinary day) which was suiting to george
. We got up at 3.30 am for a tour of the highet geysers (geishas as i called them) in the WORLD! After less than four hour sleep and we put on an industrial amount of layers in as apparently it was going to be 9 meenus. They were not joking it was absolutely freezing! But was worth it to see the sunrise on the geyser field with all the steam. We lost the guide slightly on the field but then found him again and went on a thermal spa, which wasnt as hot as the mendoza ones was a damn sight more toasty than outside! There were also random bits in the pool that were mega hot a thats where the water came in so kept yelping as we moved around. Gettin out was not a favourable experience though! Was ice cold again and wet this time but soon warmed up so was ok.
We got the bus back and then sorted out the rest of the day, I rang my gal as its her birthday (happy birthday again!), had an omelette for lunch theb set out for sandboarding and a tour of moon valley with the others. Sandboarding was surreal, we were driving through dinosaur valkey (loads of risges shaped like the back of aDinosaur, in front of us were sandunes and behind us were snow covered volcanoes and mountains. It looke incredible! The guy then asked who has done off piste snowboring before, i put my hand off and was just sent off to get started straight away, with two dutch guy, the others stayed lower down got some tips. Walking up to the top was absolutely killer (i didnt even smoke like the other two, they almost died) and i didnt particularly enjoy it at the start coz snow is better but after a couple of runs i got the hang of it and ot pretty good even if i do say so myself
. I did do a couple of face plants tho and had two shoefulls of sand. Got a bit cocky towards the end as the guy was filming me a lot as he said i was doing well, so tried to do a jump and just fell over an got sand everywhere on my body, i stood up and it streamed out of my shorts!
We then got a lift from there to moon valley, called so because it looks like the moon surface..... And walked through a salt cavern in te pitch black because we were unprepared and didnt bring enough torches, i really enjoyed it though despite honestys noises! Haha. Was again incredible scenary, is really how i woul imagine the surface of mars, loads of red hills covered in ripples of rocks and salt, was amazing. We then climbed up to get a good view of the sunset, except we didnt look as the sun we looked opposite at a valley that glowed red then changed colour as the sun went down, red to purple to grey to black. The guide that looked like jak sparrow and kept cracking jokes no one understood but he laughed, told us about the volcanoes and have us a lot of pisco sour (a chilean lemon beveraaaaage), we got a bit tipsy as we were high up and played ganes like green glass door and other min games that only me and george knew. Then got a lift back to have dinner and sort some more styff out for leaving the next day.
I went to change chilean pesos to boliianos and was offered a rate of 85 pesos to a boliviano. Haha i was like no way the place next door does 88 can you do that rate? She was like errrrr yeh but that would be worse for you...... Haha so wasnt a particularly good attempt at haggling, settled for 85 in the end
. This dinner was our last with the travelling group as we were leaving a day earlier a we have less time so rammed everything into one day. Me and george ate exactly the same and drank the same (bromance). Then we set off on ANOTHER tour, this time it was star gazing tour. Stars were extra visible here due to low humidity levels. The guide knew his stuff on astronomy and we got to take a look thru telescopes at the closest star to earth, saturn (look exactly like glow things on the ceiling when i was a kid), mars (red), a mass collection of stars pulled together by a neutrina star (my fave) and the surface of the moon! It was full moon so the lught was a bit bright so he couldnt show u loads of constellations but it meant that the moon looked amazing!
An finally at 12pm it was the end o our geiday and we could go to sleep, over 20 hour of being awake an so many activities!
Having a nice lie in tomorrow 7 am and settin off for bolvia and the salt planes. Then we became three.
The lashstronomer xxxxxxx
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