Goodness this post took FOREVER…aha but finally here you go! I apologize for the awkward spacing at some parts- I’ve been trying to fix it for the better part of the day with no success so I’ve just decided to let it be awkward. Normal is boring anyway, right? ;)
San Pedro de Atacama was absolutely incredible. Diez blissful days of vacation touring one of the most extreme landscapes on Earth (it was like taking a vacation while on vacation!) que buenaaaa ;) San Pedro was breathtaking, ever aspect of the entire trip was just as interesting and enjoyable as the next. Since we were there for so long we took our time touring things we planned more or less one trip a day. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing- if any of you ever travel to San Pedro look up Eco Andino tours they will hook you up- he gave us great deals and if they didn’t have a specific tour we wanted they directed us to the tour company that did. He even met with us one night to go over hiking Torres del Paine!
The first day we were there we toured around San Pedro (la ciudad es muy lindo) and booked all our tours
View from the top of Quitor!
then it was off to go horseback riding in Pukara de Quitor y La Garganta del Diablo. The landscape I couldn’t even begin to describe it was so drastic. Annalyse ended up getting stuck with a free-spirited horse that practically bucked her off the side of the mountain, but aside from that it was a relatively smooth trip. While biking this would also be incredible, I personally recommend horseback riding. You get to see more than if you just biked it and at the end you get to go down a GIANT sand dune on the horse. It was terrifying our guía just walked over to the edge of the mountain then said “Sígueme” and stepped off the side. Not going to lie we all had a panic attack but talk about a rush!! I felt like I was in Aladdin (childhood dream achieved).
Our next tour we did was Gesiers del Tatio! We got up at 3 am so we could walk 25 minutes into town to
the sunrise alone was worth getting up at 3 am (CLICK ME TO VIEW PHOTOS FROM THE ENTIRE TRIP)
start our journey at 4am. The elevation gain was pretty intense so they advise you to sleep on the ride up, which would be totally possible if you weren’t being thrown around during the drive. It was rough but no where near as bad as when I was in Honduras- those roads were insane! Anyway, I’ve never seen geysers before so it was pretty cool, seeing the sunrise through the smoke and dance across the mountains was by far my favorite part of this trip. Then we proceeded to the hot springs to bath in the naturally occuring hot water! After freezing our tails off and drying off it was back on the bus to check out a little town named Machuca. With a population of 8 (yes 8 people) the town houses llama herders as they journey across San Pedro. You MUST eat the food when in this town. They had some of the best sopaipillas in all of Chile and we even ate llama kabobs! It was súper ricísimo! Afterwards we headed home to get some much needed rest and prepare for our longest tour of the trip….
LAGUNAS ALTIPLANICOS! This was easily my favorite tour, the views were stunning. They would literally leave you in awe and speechless. Never in my life have I been speechless due to nature but at
Travis taking in the incredible view of Aguas Calientes
points we were literally standing there with our jaws on the floor. We visited Lagunas Miscanti, Miñiques, y Chaxa (this is part of Salar de Atacama and very distinct from the others) Miscanti y Miñiques are sister lagunas and both incredibly beautiful, las fotos don’t do them justice. From there we headed out to see Pierdras Rojas (red rocks) unfortuantly literally it was just a bunch of red rocks. The drastic change in landscape was shocking to say the least. You went from a luscious green landscape with bright blue water to a desert with nothing. It was insane!! Then we stopped at a mini oasis thing that had flamingos and a beautiful view of the mountains. From here we went to my favorite part of the tour which was to Aguas Calientes. Never have I seen something so beautiful in my life. The water was so clear and blueish green that when I would take pictures with my camera the color wouldn’t even come up. It was like being in Hawaii but so muy more beautiful (if you can even imagine that).
Then Fiestas Patriass!! The majority of Chile celebrates for an entire week, but due to our budget we
Proving that Gringas have rhythm! ;) [photocred to Annalyse Pierce]
limited the celebrations to one day- the actual day 18th of September. But celebrations didn’t commence until the evening. During the day we went to Laguna Cejar, which is a salt lake that you can float in (think the Dead Sea but wayyy prettier). Then it was out to the mountain range to watch the sunset while enjoying Pisco Sours and Wine. That evening we went to a bar called Barros where they have live music a couple of days a week. The musicians even let us join their show! (I was jamming on the maracas!) The it was off to dance for a little bit before heading back home to get some sleep.
Two of the girls in our group headed off to Bolivia for the next four days while the rest of us stayed in San Pedro. We decided to go bike riding through Valle de La Luna. It literally looks just like the moon its insane!! It was pretty liberating bike riding through the desert and just being free. While this bike ride is
So we actually took a trip to the moon believe it or not.
hard I do suggest doing this instead of taking a tour, you get the chance to actually explore everything and can go at your own pace which is nice. But If you could I would split it into two days. The first day ride all the way to the end of the trail and make your way back. Then the second day ride out to where you left off the day before and then ride back. Tours can be great but the experience is much more worth while if you have to work for it ;) We finished off the week with an easy paced hike through Valle de Jeré which is a little lush oasis in the middle of the desert.
Phew! That was a lot to say and I’m sure I left out quite a bit. But if you are traveling to San Pedro and want to know more feel free to email me and I’d be happy to talk to you! Also check out all the picture from the trip!! Heres the link to the photo album on Facebook, disfrutálas! :) Sorry you have to copy and paste I can’t figure out how to link this and I’ve been working on it for like an hour…