Desert adventures

After we said goodbye to our lovely  car in Punta Arenas, we fly all the way from the South to the North of Chile to look for new adventures. Instead of green mountains, strong winds and low temperatures we’ll soon face one of the driest places on earth: the Atacama desert. San Pedro with its dusty and cozy streets is the main – and only – city, with an altitude of 2800m. The combination of altitude and dust is not very pleasant for our lungs, but the mesmerizing views of the Licancabur volcano makes us forget that right away…

From San Pedro we book a day trip to the Salar de Tara. A tour with a variety of vulcanic landscapes, cool rock formations and breathtaking views. Our final destination is the Tara salt flat, a beautiful and colourful lagoon full of flamingos.

During our stay in San Pedro we even visit the Meteorite museum (yes really…) to make sure we still learn something new during this trip. There’s even an ‘interact with the meteorites’ part, where we can touch some real examples. Super cool for sure, especially after watching a bunch of (hardly comprehensible) movies on this matter. We evaluate our new knowledge extensively in the nearby pool afterwards.

As icing on the cake we visit the Mars and Moon valley. We see even more bizarre landscapes, glide down from high sand dunes and imagine ourselves to be on another planet. The sunset in the Moon valley is beautiful and a nice end of our time in Chile. We can’t believe it has been 5 weeks already!