San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - Desierto de Atacama, Valle de la Lune, Valle de la Muerte

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San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - El desierto

Alright, so back to Chile, in San Pedro de Atacama, for some quick sightseeing.  Everyone had told us that after having visited El Salar de Uyuni, it really wouldn’t be worth paying this place a visit . . . I’d have to disagree.

Well, it wasn’t as spectacular as Uyuni, I have to admit.  But it still had its charm.

The visit to Death Valley, aka Valle de la Muerte, and Valley of the Moon, aka Valle de la Luna, was interesting.  El Valle de la Muerte is pretty much a valley where gigantic dunes and rocks abound, and El Valle de la Luna, a moon-like landscape with ruins of old Chilean salt mines, and worker huts.

The landscapes were beautiful in their own way, and just listening to the tour guide talk about his town and its treasures so passionately, was awesome.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - Les paysages de Atacama

As for the town of San Pedro de Atacama, it’s a bit over-rated.  I can't really say we were expecting much, but what we did find was a bit disappointing.  

It’s a typical tourist town, with over-priced restaurants and hotels/hostels, and loads of rich tourists swarming all over the place, literally!!!

But despite this little setback, the expensiveness of the town, I mean, we did manage to have a fun time here.

We found a DE-LI-CIOUS rotisserie chicken place that was reasonably priced!!!  Thanks to the locals!!  Well, the few that have managed to stick around, that is!!

And better yet, we met some really cool people in the hostel we stayed at.  Yes!  We had to stay in a hostel!  No more FREEZING nights for us!  Great thing was that it was affordable, clean, and filled with lots of friendly faces .

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile - Imágenes de Atacama
. . always a plus!!!

This is where we met Jan (pronounced "Yann") and EJ!!  Incredible travelers, who we had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know better, while in San Pedro.  Had some great wine, and even introduced them to our finger-licking good chicken joint!!!  Good times!!

So that was San Pedro, nice place, a bit pricey, but worth the visit, if in the area only.  Not sure it would be worth coming out of your way just for this place. 

It would’ve been nice to have been able to visit El Tatio, but hey considering the cost of the tour, and since we’d seen plenty of geysers during the Uyuni tour, we just had to save our money and pass it up!  Next time, maybe?!!  Hmmm, we’ll just have to wait and see!!!

Retour à la case départ, San Pedro de Atacama, retour à la civilisation.

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