San Pedro de Atacamba

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Sandboarding!

After coming down from altitude of the salt flats in Bolivia it was quite nice to be arriving into the driest desert in the world and hopefully a bit of warmth after our night at minus 18!! San pedro looked very dusty and touristy but like a very cool place to be with loads of young people around. The border however was a completely different matter and they were very pedantic and wanted to check everyone's rucksacks Grrrr!!

That afternoon we went on a tour to the valley of the moon - extremely like a lunar landscape - very strange (although we have never been to the moon to compare!) We also walked through the valley of death and watched a fantastic sunset over the valley.

Saturday was a great day and night all round. We spent most of the day chilling in the hammocks in the hostel and then went sandboarding in the valley of death up this huge sand dune in the afternoon! Loads of fun and lots of falling over! That evening the hostel had organised a "rave" so we felt we should definately check it out.

Sandboarding - Claire actually standing up - took her time!
It started at 1am and was in a blacked out barn down these little lanes somewhere away from other houses! They lit the path with bags of candles that ran out after a while so Claire very gracefully managed to fall into a stream and then spent the night with lovely brown, smelly shoes that still smell slightly odd! We had a fantastic time and danced the night away until we watched the sunrise and made our way back to the hostel at about 7am, where we promptly collapsed into bed fast asleep.

We woke at about 11.30am to find we had missed our bus that had left at 10.30am - we did set the alarm but somehow (we not entirely sure how) it either didn't go off, we slept through it or claire turned it off in her sleep! Needless to say we had to buy another bus ticket and spent the rest of the time waiting in hammocks, nursing a hangover being laughed at by everyone around!

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Sandboarding!
Sandboarding!
Sandboarding - Claire actually sta…
Sandboarding - Claire actually st…
The all night rave
The all night "rave"
The moon valley
The moon valley
Sunset over the moon valley
Sunset over the moon valley
All night rave
All night "rave"
Church in San Pedro de Atacama
Church in San Pedro de Atacama
Hammocks - we want one at home too
Hammocks - we want one at home too
Bad pic but lots of fun
Bad pic but lots of fun
San Pedro de Atacama
photo by: eefab