A smooth 17 hour bus ride North of La Serena and you arrive at San Pedro De Atacama, right in the middle of the Atacama desert and it´s flippin hot. The Town is a great place to explore the vast wilderness of the Atacama.
Our Hostal was on a small dirt track just on the edge of San Pedro.
San Pedro is a small town which exists mostly on tourism, it is a gateway to and from Bolivia where we hope to secure a bus to later.
In the main square there is a quaint white church.
Almost all the roads in San Pedro are dirt tracks which makes the place feel otherworldly. The old Football pitch certainly gives you that impression.
San San Pedro main street and the old football pitch.
Over looking San Pedro are numerous Volcanoes.
From San Pedro a few good day trips out include the Luna Valley which goes into the heart of the desert where you can watch the sunset and the moon rise, as it was almost a full moon while we were there this sounded like a good idea. We were not disapointed.
Valle De Lune.
Also from San Pedro a highlight trip is the Tatio Geysers which require an 04:30 start. A bumpy 2 hour mini bus ride from San Pedro is all it takes to complete the 90km to Tatio. It`s quite expensive to get into the Tatio Geyser park, 5000 Chillean Pesos ( about eight English pounds ). We arrive just befor sun up and the views are quite surreal. At 14320 ft these are the highest Geysers in the world.
Tatio before dawn.
As soon as the sun is up the place takes on a new dynamic, huge plumes of steam pour from around 60 geysers.
More Tatio Geysers.
On the way back from the geysers we pass several small rivers and streams, some allowing great views of smoking volcanoes and a good sighting of Vacunas.
We pass a quaint small desert village where we try Llama Kebabs and some local scrummy bread.
The small church in the village is just perfect .
Linda and the Llama kebab.
End of our Chile blogs, next blog should be Bolivia.