We went for 3 days to the Atacama Desert in Chile. What is impressive in this desert is that the landscapes can change in a very short time.
1st day: We landed in Calama at 9:00 am to reach San Pedro de Atacama 1:30 am later to arrive at our hostel.
We stayed a few minutes to put down our bag and visit the inn, which was very pleasant.
We walked all day in San Pedro, which is the tourist city of the desert. First, we had to book our tours, i.e. our activities with a guide, for the next two days. Among all the tours offered we had to compare prices and choose the most attractive places.
Then we walked around and inevitably came across the tourist shops.
Day 2: Raised 7am, direction the Arcoiris Valley accompanied by our guide Antoine, a Frenchman who has been living in Chile for 8 years now. If by any chance you would like to have his number for a possible trip to Atacama send me a message. We had a good laugh and he’s very nice!
After an hour’s drive in a valve we arrive in front of this magnificent landscape. Impressive colours. The green, red and yellow rocks take us away in a real painting.
The colours show the great richness and different concentrations of clay, salt and minerals. On the other hand, there are also interesting rock formations resulting from erosion.
On the way back we stopped to say hello to lamas. We tried to get closer but a lama spit at us so we found that we were too close.
After a break, back to our hostel, we leave for the Valley of the Moon.
A true lunar landscape, which has been shaped for millennia by water and wind erosion. The ground is made up of canyons, sharp ridges, ravines and mounds of grey and ochre colours that give it a moon-like appearance.
This valley is characterized by the absence of humidity, flora and fauna. Its desert and high altitude climate gives it a wide temperature range between day and night.
3rd day: We got up at 4:00 to see the geysers. Under -12 of temperature, the landscape was spectacular. Geysers sprang from the ground at a temperature of 30 degrees. It was possible to swim.
In the afternoon we went to a salt desert to see the lagoons. The predominantly white landscape makes it so peaceful. We walk on salt for about twenty minutes, the time to pass in front of different lagoons, to reach the last one in which it was possible to swim. Being full of salt, we are therefore carried by the water in the middle of the desert. This salt comes from the dissolution of salts from the volcanic soil of the surrounding region, by precipitation waters on the nearby Andean range.
If you taste the salt, you can see that it is very salty because it does not contain iodine.
Then it’s time to get back on the road to the hostel, and fly back to Santiago with lots of pictures in mind.