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Mar 15, 2019 - San Pedro de Atacama - we have arrived in the desert

We picked up our hire car and drove 100kms to San Pedro de Atacama a town 2438m high in the dry plateau of the Andes mountains of northeastern Chile. We are booked into Hostal Orange for four nights and it wasn't easy to find but after asking half a dozen random Chileans we got there. At checkin the receptionist said our American dollars were "too broken" and wouldn't except them. The town is very, very dusty and there are lots of stray dogs that love to bark all night. At night the temperature drops dramatically and during the day gets to...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Valley Arctois and Cejar Lagoon

This morning we leave between 8am and 8.30 for the Rainbow Valley Tour. We manage to quickly have some breakfast and are picked up in a 4X4. There are two Chileans, one male and one female, not a couple and a French couple. Our guide is Favian. We head straight out of San Pedro de Atacama and the young male Chilean(from Samtiago) is very chatty and we talk about all things travel related and special things in each of our countries. Our first stop is the petroglyphs. These were created by the Atacameno people and date back approximately...

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Sep 13, 2018 - El Tatio Geysers

Today we are up at 4.30 as we are being picked up at 5am to go to El Tatio Geysers. There are 10 of us and we travel in the dark to get to the geysers near dawn. Most of us nap in the bus as there is nothing to see. We arrive at El Tatio, 3rd largest geyser field in the world. El Tatio in Quechua means ‘old man crying’ and is also the name of the nearby active volcano. It is freezing, about -8, a really cold wind and our faces are very cold. Could have done with the thermals and a beanie this morning. We wander around the geysers which are...

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Sep 12, 2018 - Valley de la Luna

After a late night, last night, we weren’t in a rush to get up this morning. Breakfast was had just before the cut off time of 10.45am. We wandered up Caracoles St to rent some bikes. We got kitted out with reflective vests, helmets, spare tyre, bike lock and two bikes. There is an pre-Incan ruin called Pucara de Quitor about 3kms from San Pedro. We ride our bikes out on fairly rough roads, so our ‘seat’ gets a bit sore and through a creek bed to get there. We lock the bikes and pay the entrance fee and walk up around the remains of this...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Santiago to San Pedro de Atacama

Up at 6am today and into an Uber to the airport to go catch a SKY flight at 9.30 to Calama. The Uber is perfect and COP11,000 which is half the cost of a taxi. SKY are on time and we leave on the 2 hour no frills flight. Both of us manage to sleep and we wake ½ hour before we are due to land. On the descent we can certainly see we are in the desert. Apart from the town there is nothing as far as the eye can see. I booked a mini bus transfer from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama on line and after we collect our bags there is a person with a...

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Jan 23, 2018 - Fri 19th Jan Rainbow Valley photographs

Due to the amazing scenery of this valley I have added a portfolio of National Geographic standard photographs for your delight. I can't wait and I am confident that you can't wait to have my full edited presentation of our trip on our return. I have calculated that each photograph for 10 seconds of viewing each, it should last 5 and half hours. I know you will all be super excited to receive your invites, I only hope the date will not be on your hair washing night!

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Jan 21, 2018 - High Altitude Hike, Petroglyphs and Rainbow Valley

This is the may be our last record of Captain Theobald and Leiutenant Alison as it is Saturday 20th January and we are set for the most physically challenging hike, nay free style rock climbing expedition. We head back into the Andes to the small Village of Machuca 4000m above sea level just below the the gusers of yesterday. There we hike down on old sherperds trail down to Rio Grande Village some 7km down 2000m along side a river gorge. I.e in the middle of nowhere. We start at a large green wetlands area full of different birds including...

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Jan 20, 2018 - Geylers, San Pedro, MoonValley, Salt Mountains and sunset

Today is Friday and been backdated as we have done so much and enjoying every second, every meal and matched drink with every course. We have become quite close friends of Felipe and Diago who invent amazing concoqsions and know every Chilean wine and match perfectly. I could get to use to it. Anyhow up at 5:30 to see the worlds highest geysers at Tatoo at 14,200 feet or 4500m ( half way up Everest). The thinness of the air is very noticeable as our legs felt heavy and things were done in slow motion. This was Ok until I knelt down to take...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Desert Excursions from Awasi

Today, Thursday 18th January 2018, the alarm seemed to go off a little early today perhaps it is because we got to bed late last night 12:00, and it is now 06:45. Alison was not feeling particularly well and not sure of cause, it is thought it may be attitude or hydration, it is difficult to think it is hydration as Alison has been drinking water like a horse. Anyhow we decided it was better for her to stay and rest and I went out with Richardo alone. However once Richardo had called in and confirmed Alison was not well everyone in the...

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Jan 18, 2018 - Amazing Awasi Hotel in San Pedro De Atacama Desert Oasis

After a night spent the Singular Hotel in Santiago one the the top 100 hotels in the world, I mean a night only arrived at 23:00, slept had breakfast and left for Atacama. Being a top hotel their card entry arrangements had failed so you could have a key to get in the lift or a key to the room. It was no problem on arrival as we were escorted, however getting down for breakfast without any lift controls we spent five minutes going up to other floors before the lift took us back down with others for breakfast. Anyhow we had a lift to the...

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Jan 31, 2017 - Atacama - Hot Springs and the Rainbow Valley

At breakfast, we still didn’t have confirmation about our Easter Island plans. All of the hotels on the island are booked solid because of its annual festival, which goes on for another week or so. The Explora manager offered to keep us at the Atacama, or send us to the Sacred Valley in Peru, or back to Patagonia. But we didn’t want to repeat what we’ve already done and we did feel that getting to Easter Island was a major goal of this trip. The manager told us that we had some special status because we had booked all three Chilean Explora...

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Jan 30, 2017 - Atacama - Sand Dunes and Flamingos

The trip from Puerto Varas to Santiago, with a connection to Calama and the Atacama Desert, went without a hitch. As we were deplaning in Calama, a well-dressed Chilean couple caught my eye for the leather hat boxes they were carrying. He was wearing a flat-crowned, broad brimmed hat that tied at the nape of his neck. This was a huesos hat worn by southern cowboys in Chile, entirely different from the beret-wearing, façon-holding gauchos in Patagonia. Calama is strictly a mining town, full of monotonous, concrete-box abodes and single men...

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