Wednesday, 19 September 2012

San Pedro de Atacama

As promised, Ross, here's a post especially for you.

San Pedro de Atacama is a small town that's completely overrun with tourists in the middle of the Atacama desert, the driest in the world (according to Wikipedia). It is, however, one of the coolest places I've ever been. The town itself is kind of interesting, but its the places around it that really make it special.

The town, minus tourists, could almost be out of the American Wild West. The streets are sand, the signs wooden, and the buildings made of some kind of plaster stuff. Have a look:

Caracoles: the main street in San Pedro
Iglesia in San Pedro
Side Street off the Main Street
There's an awful lot of stuff that goes on around San Pedro, and I managed to do a fair share of them whilst I was there for a few days. Here are a few pictures of the best things:

Massive telescope showing the insanely clear night sky
Salar de Atacama: one of the largest salt flats in the world
Chaxa Lagoon Natural Reserve: James Flamingos
Thermal Pools in the early morning at El Tatio (4000m)
Cejar Lagoon: salty lake in the desert where you cannot sink
Valle de la Luna: amazing sunset over the Andes
Tatio Geysers at Dawn: the highest geyser field in the World

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