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April 4th 2005
Published: April 16th 2010
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Just across the border

Chile - 6 Days - 29th March-3rd April





I crossed the border with Peru and arrived in Arica, where I spent a day on the beach, waiting for a bus. I didn't stay long in Chile as it was quite expensive but I did spend 6 glorious days.


From Arica I went to San Pedro de Atacama via Calama and spent 3 days touring the driest desert in the world, according to NASA, National Geographic and many other publications.


I loved the Atacama desert area, with it's spectacular scenery and thermal activity. It is a virtually rainless plateau west of the Andes Mountains, composed mostly of salt basins (salares), sand, and lava flows.


I left Chile when I crossed the Andes and reached Salta, Argentina.



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An uninspirational town
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A nice sunset
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Map of the Area
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One of the driest places on earth
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Driving to the Valley
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Driving to the Valley
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On the way to the valley
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Salt everywhere
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On the way to the valley
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Great shapes in the land
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Salt deposits everywhere
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Time to CHILL
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The sunset tour


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