6/10, day 32:
Yesterday we arrived at San Pedro in the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world. The town is pretty neat, a lot of the houses and streets are all made of mud, with a fantastic mountain range in the backdrop. It's pretty amazing that such a busy little town like this exists and is able to sustain itself in the middle of the desert.
Today we rented bikes and biked to Valle de la Luna, a valley with sand dunes and caverns. It was just about the cheapest thing to here, only 6.000 CP per person.
First, we biked to some caverns and explored around inside them. The rocks in the caves looked like they had a layer of frost over the tops, but it was actually salt. Some areas were pitch black, and others we had to crawl on our hands and knees.
Next, we hiked up a ridge that overlooked the whole valley. The hill was right next to a giant, perfectly shaped sand dune. The view was pretty amazing, with the yellow and brown dunes, orange ridges, and brown rocks frosted with salt.
6/11, day 33:
Today we hung around town waiting for night time because we decided to buy reservations to go night sandboarding. We decided night time was the best to go because it's not as bright, the sand is faster, and we would get to see the stars.
When we got there, they had a DJ with music and lights that lit up the hill. Once we got our snowboard and boots, we hiked up the sand dune (which was very tiring to do carrying a snowboard and wearing snowboard boots).
We were the first ones down the hill, as we had experience snowboarding before. It was pretty fun, sand boarding felt like snowboarding through heavy powder.
Luckily, since it was our last night in the desert, the stars were pretty amazing. The sky was clear for the first night since we got here; one of the things the Atacama desert is known for is its stargazing, and we were glad to get at least one good night of stars in.
6/12: day 34:
Tonight we are leaving for Arica, the border town of Chile. From there we will cross into Peru, and head up to Arequipa to hopefully do some trekking or hike a mountain. The rest of the trip we will be in Peru.
Looking back at out month in Chile, there are a few places I would really recommend visiting if you are ever down in South America.
Torres del Paine
It's lovely here, and the trekking is pretty excellent. The wildlife is really interesting, and the views are
The capital of Chile is a pretty diverse and exciting city. From the parks to the street vendors, there are endless things to do or explore. It's relatively safe if you stay in public areas, and avoid the sketchy areas.
San Pedro de Atacama
The town here is pretty small but neat. It's wonderful here, with plenty of tours to go on, or go cheap like we did and just rent bikes and do it yourself. The sandboarding is pretty fun, and probably the most inexpensive "tour," 20.000 cp.
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