"The best, cost-efficient way to eat in San Pedro" Top 5 Page for this destination San Pedro de Atacama Restaurant Tip by Glospi

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Finally, the best way to make meals cost-efficient, is by having your own cooking gear: a camping stove ?preferably a MSR, Peak 1, Sigg or similar are best, fuel-wise-, a pot, a metal pitcher to heat water, and tableware are enough.
Butane-gas stove users should take their own provision of gas canisters from anywhere else (you could imagine why: otherwise, buying?em there is painfully expensive), but MSR (or anyone using gasoline stoves) users can buy unleaded auto gas at the petrol station, on Toconao street, behind the Hosteria de San Pedro, at the standard? country price (US$ 0,90/liter).
White gas is very hard to find in San Pedro, and outrageously expensive if found.
If you can, bring your own supplies from either Santiago (as I did), Antofagasta or Calama; for instance, the same tuna can that cost US$ 0,50 in a supermarket in Calama or Santiago, in San Pedro is US$ 1,30. Sugar, juices, spaghettis, any canned food, etc., are no less than twice its standard price in San Pedro, although the small shops in the outskirts are cheaper, and sometimes have almost the same ?or just slightly higher- prices as supermarkets in Calama.
Locally produced vegetables and fruits are average-priced, but other fruits, or fresh fish, is expensive. Chicken and meat are somewhat the same price as in Antofagasta, this is, about 50% more than in Santiago. Eggs are the standard price, but bread is expensive.
You can cook safely with the tap water, but making tea, coffee or drinking it, is not recommendable: you better use purified or mineral water, unless you have a physical, carbon filter (see my ?Warnings? chapter on this).

Favorite Dish: It's good because you prepare it by yourself, and then have it in the open, under the trees and looking at the volcanoes as they gradually sink in the evening shade, what's better else?

Rating: 5
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 9, 2004
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