So, last month I didn’t make a post. I’m quite sorry about that because I made a commitment and enjoy writing. It’s not like there wasn’t anything going on, to the contrary, there was lots of activity and I was busy busy busy.
The main event of September was the visit of my parents and subsequent travels to north, south and back to centre. I live here in Chile for four years now, but I confess I had no idea what marvellous place this actually is! I already traveled the world a little bit and surely am privileged to have been able to see many mind-boggling places in the Asia-Pacific region. Still, none of those a match to Chile’s Atacama desert in the north. The beauty of the desert is not obvious at first sight, and I think this is why it still is something of a secret spot that has yet to become popular. The main hub in the desert is San Pedro de Atacama, dusty village with indigenous architecture. Like nearly every town, city and village over there San Pedro’s residents live from tourism and mining.
You might think it’s an isolated spot where some desert people enjoy smoking pot and relaxing the day away (bunch of those in Oz!), but people there are actually quite busy with offering tours around the town, maintaining restaurants and cafés, and selling souvenirs. Many of them speak English and are very attentive to customers wants — something that’s still rather seldom to be found in the mega-city of Santiago. There is also a lot of construction going on, meaning the people and the government are upbeat about future prospects of the region — and rightly so.
The main reason why one should visit San Pedro are the day-trips offered by numerous offices in town. There are various salt lakes, lagoons with Flamingos, craters, plains, geysers and Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna). If you ever want to see a sunset — a real one — the Atacama Desert is where you must go! Below I post some, none of them photoshopped of course!
In my next post I´ll write about our second target, Chiloé; an island in the south with somewhat greener landscape…