21.04.2012 - 24.04.2012 25 °C
The crossing from Salta to San Pedro De Atacama over the Andes was amazing. We climbed to 4,500m, passed an array of colourful mountains, landscapes and Salt Flats. The bus seemed to climb forever before reaching the Argentinian border. This was our first altitude test...and armed with bucketloads of water, we did ok.
We then coasted down past 6,000m giant volcanoes to the small town of San Pedro De Atacama (which sits at about 2,500m). It was like something out of an open air museum... mud brick buildings, dirt streets and with loads of restaurants, travel agencies and tourists there was a great buzz to the town.
It sits in the heart of the desert, with plenty to do. A highlight was a visit to the Valle de la Luna and Death Valley, a rare dry and baron landscape that resembles the moon. The sight at sunset was beatuful.
After choosing a tour operator for our upcoming 4WD jaunt into Bolivia, we loaded up on more water, some snacks and changed some Chilean Pesos for Bolivianos. Bring on the Salt Flats!