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Laguna Colorada - San Pedro de Atacama

Laguna Colorada

the passage to Bolivia..

One of the highlights is this trip crossing over to Bolivia. You can take it as a 3-day trip from San Pedro to Uyuni or as a 2-day trip from San Pedro and back.
After crossing the borders you come to the vast desert of South Bolivia. The jeeps are traveling on tracks made by previous travelers. First stop at Laguna Verde, with the exquisite turquoise water. Next stop at Laguna Blanca and then you take a relaxing bath in some thermal springs. Finally you arrive at Laguna Colorada! The beauty of the Nature is celebrating, mixing the bright red and blue of the lake water interrupted by the white of the ice surfaces, the green vegetation and the chocolate brown of the surrounding mountains. Nature has a great talent! It's surprising that red and blue water touch but not mix. Of course it's because the red water is full of microorganisms, which gives it a different density. The slender dancing bodies of the feeding flamingos is the final touch to the wonderful work of art...You sleep at the nearby hotel.
Next day after a short stop at the "rock forest" with the enormous rock formations, you are taken to the Bolivian villages of Alota and San Cristobal, typical and beautiful. Then to the Train Graveyard. You sleep in Uyuni. Next day you are taken to a small village near the Salt Flat of Uyuni where you can buy products made locally out of salt. Salt too hard to melt or break if you carry it along. I tried it! Then a visit to the Salt Flat with the mirror-flat surface that, in case of a recent rain, reflects the image of the sky! It's this double sky that the jeep is sliding through bringing you to the Salt Hotel where everything is made of salt . Even the furniture ! Pay to see the interior. Finally you can go to Uyuni or come back to San Pedro....
All meals are included. One of them in a salt restaurant including meat of llama . It has the taste of pork and beef.The price is 70-80$ US, not very expensive to cross to Bolivia , visiting places that are difficult to visit by yourself.
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Directions: The difference in the price depends on the quality of the hotel in Uyuni or the jeep, maybe. But in my opinion the cheaper is fine, too.
You can book it at Uyuni, too, at the same price, in case you are entering Chile.

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2009
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Salt Flat of Atacama - San Pedro de Atacama

Salt Flat of Atacama

Dancing Flamingos... Atacama salt flat Review

The enormous salt flat is quite a sight especially in the sunset light ! It's the largest in Chile and it's actually a salt lake covered by a thick layer of hardened salt. There are guides sharing their knowledge with the tourists walking on a restricted path. If you look into the water in the pools you can see the microorganisms which are food for the fauna of the salt flat.
But the sweetest thing on this enormous brownish white, rough surface, is the elegant flamingos ..dancing in the shallow waters of the pools. They are moving their legs and beaks rhythmically trying to remove the sand and uncover their food, all at the same pace, participating in the same beautiful dance...!
More photos in the TRAVELOGUE.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 5, 2009
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Valle de la Luna - San Pedro de Atacama
Valle de la Luna Moon Valley Review

Wonderful landscape ! You shouldn't miss it ! Book a tour that will take you to Death Valley and then you will have the chance to enjoy an unforgettable sunset here. On the way you will stop at Tres Marias, a rock formation that looks like three women preying, with a lot of imagination, of course... Then you will have a look at the salt flat nearby. And finally you will walk up on the hill to relax on a panoramic view of the Moon Valley. In the sunset light it gives you the impression you are on the surface of the moon !
For more photos look at my TRAVELOGUE.

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2007
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El Tatio Geysers - San Pedro de Atacama
El Tatio Geysers

The trip started at 4.30 in the night so we felt sleepy and tired but the million star night sky was a great reward ! Soon we all felt wide awake and happy we were there. The Milky Way was brightly arching the entire sky. I had never seen it so bright. Mars looked immense!
After half an hour ride and a lot of freezing-a warm jacket is highly recommended-we arrived at the place. We were thrilled! It was dark but the steaming bodies of the numerous geysers were coming high out of their holes boiling and hissing. It was still freezing...we walked among them admiring their force. As the day light was giving colors to the scenic place, we had a basic breakfast, served on portable tables and eaten by hands, and we walked to the thermal pool. The bath was warm and relaxing ! It was a divine gift !

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Directions: You can book the trip at a travel agency. Shop around for prices and ask other travellers for tips, about the best one.

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  • Updated Sep 12, 2007
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Lake Miscanti - San Pedro de Atacama

Lake Miscanti

Miscanti and Minique lakes

Miscanti and Minique are two nearby lakes of the Altiplano at an altitude of 4,200 meters. They offer a wonderful view with their dark blue waters and the blond shrubby vegetation. You can also have a look at the local birds flying over or resting calmly on the serene water. The volcanoes are completing the nice picture.
This is usually part of a daily excursion to the Salt Flat and the Quebrada de Jerria.

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2007
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Machuca, a picturesque andean village - San Pedro de Atacama
Machuca, a picturesque andean village

Visiting the Andean villages you will be taken to Machuca. Picturesque and remote it gives a genuine picture of what the life of the simple Andean villagers can be. There are also local hand made products on sale which is a good idea for helping the poor but proud people of this unique place. Photos in the TRAVELOGUE.

Address: Book it at the travel agency in San Pedro

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  • Written Sep 9, 2007
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Valle de la Muerte - San Pedro de Atacama
Valle de la Muerte Death Valley Review

Although it ..deserves the name- absolutely nothing grows on it- it's actually from Valle del Marte (Mars). Probably because of the reddish color of the sand. Even if you book a tour you will walk along the dirt road to enjoy the outlandish scenery. Or you can ride a bicycle. Many sand boarders come to enjoy the dunes.
Don't forget your hat !!!

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  • Written Sep 6, 2007
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