Saturday, October 20, 2012

San Pedro de Atacama

 San Pedro de Atacama - Arrived by bus on Sunday morning October 21. A very warm and dry climate, nights are cool days are hot and the town is 9,000 feet high it takes a bit to get used to. Walked to our hotel, just around the corner, and explored the town. This is a young people town, most are backpackers and in the 20 - 30's. No big tour groups but you hear a lot of German and many South Americans travel here. We made reservations for three trips (1/2 day each) and will be taking off for Salta on Thursday, a 10-11 hour trip by bus going over the Anndes at about 4,200 meters or 13,000 feet.

 San Pedro de Atacama is a town in Northern Chile. It's a very popular destination among Chilean tourists and international visitors alike. Visitors come in large numbers, to use the town as a stepping stone to the amazing landscapes around it. Most attractions are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve, perhaps Chile's most varied and amazing national park. Prices in any of the laid back bars and restaurants fare well against Santiago's (Chile's Capital). Still, it's a fairly expensive location, as it's one of Chile's three most popular destinations, along Torres del Paine and Easter Island.

Visiting an old 1,000 years+ village covered by sand. 

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