San Pedro de Atacama
My first experience of an actual desert was indeed an amazing one! Flying into Calama (leave again as soon as you can!!) And a short bus ride away we arrived in San Pedro. With only 3 days there we dived straight into it by going on a tour to the Salar de Atacama (the salt flats). It was surely very impressive but after seeing salt for an hour and some flamingos in the far distance, it lost its affect on me. Definitely worth seeing buy most definitely not the best San Pedro has to offer.
Day 2 we had an early 4.30am start and headed off to Geiser del Tatio. A must!!!! At -14’C, dressed only in skimpy leggings I shivered my way around viewing such amazing geysers! My first time but definitely not my last to see some geysers. Pleasantly on our tour we were then allowed to go into the hot springs whilst watching the geysers errupt. Mind you undressing into a bikini it -14’C was no easy feat! What an experience all in all!
Arriving back to the hostel around lunchtime we had an hour to spare before heading off to Valle de la Luna and Valle de la muerte (valley of the moon and valley of the dead).
This was truly amazing and our tour guide was simply brilliant. It’s funny with valle de la muerte because when it was discovered way back, the translation was lost and instead of calling it Mars Valley which it should be, it was called Dead Valley. It was so amazing and we waited to see the sun set there which scattered colours across the valley. Just look below to see!
One tip I have for you though.. don’t forget suncream when going to valle de la luna etc. It’s like a joke…Irish girl goes to the desert and forgets sun block! Luckily only my nose got it but super stupid move on my behalf.
All in all, it is an amazing place..magical! If I could do it again I would do an extra day and fit in a laguna too.