Until San Pedro, the most touristy thing we had done was go hiking in national parks, we had almost completely avoided doing the typical tourist tours and activities. They simply do not fit into our very scant budget. However, San Pedro is a vertitable disney land of natural wonders, most of which are impossible to get to without a vehicle, so we were left with no choice. Soon after we arrived, we found ourselves booked into a package of tours that would take us to most of the main attractions. In the next couple of days we were herded around like all of the hundreds of other tourists, seeing salt flats, geysers and amazing desert landscapes, and swimming in super salty pools and hot springs.

While we really don’t enjoy being treated like sheep, we were able to pack a lot of amazing sights into just a couple of days. I would like to go into more details of the wonders experienced, but tomorrow we are being herded over the border and into Bolivia, on a 3 day trip that will end up at the Uyoni salt flats. Until we have time to do that, I will leave you with the pictures.

Return to album listSan Pedro de Atacama
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Passing through Chanarel
Calama
Calama
Houses en route to San Pedro
Houses en route to San Pedro
The long and dusty
The long and dusty
Laguna Cejar
Laguna Cejar
Very floaty
Very floaty
Ojos de Salar (Salty eyes?)
Ojos de Salar (Salty eyes?)
Yeay! Salt!
Yeay! Salt!
Salty salt
Salty salt
Shops, San Pedro
Shops, San Pedro
San Pedro church. build 1700 something
San Pedro church. build 1700 something
Valle de la luna
Valle de la luna
Valle de muerte
Valle de muerte
Sand boarders
Sand boarders
Valle de la luna at sunset
Valle de la luna at sunset
Office at Taito geysers
Office at Taito geysers
Taito geysers
Taito geysers
Steamy
Steamy
Mineral formations
Mineral formations
Some kind of contraption at the geysers
Some kind of contraption at the geysers
Chemicals!
Chemicals!
Bubble bubble toil and trouble
Bubble bubble toil and trouble
Vicunas, even sofer than alpacas
Vicunas, even sofer than alpacas
Little church
Little church
At Cueva del DIABLO
At Cueva del DIABLO
Riding through the desert
Riding through the desert