Seeing San Pedro de Atacama on TWO wheels.

San Pedro de Atacama Travel Blog

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Lisa gets to know her friend for the day.
Enjoyed a great breakfast at  La Casa de Don Thomas. Good thing, as we needed fortification for our big day of bike riding!

I am not exactly up-to-date on my bike riding skills. In fact it's been about twelve years since I last sat on one that wasn't affixed to the floor in the gym. So, I expected to have an "interesting" day, and just hoped to keep up!

Lisa, Mario, Leo and I all picked up bikes at the same place  (Lisa and I also reserved 4-wheelers for tomorrow and I can't wait for that!). The guys headed off one way, and Lisa and I decided to go to Tulor, a 2500 year old partially excavated village about 6 miles from town. After one big uphill battle on the bike, it was either flat or a mild downhill grade. It was much easier (and more fun) than I had anticipated! The ride back was harder, but still pretty easy overall.
Happy to make it this far! Valley of the Moon.
A good day!

Then we had a just little nap back at the room. Must be the altitude :^)

In the afternoon we visited the Padre Le paige archeological museum in town, which was somewhat interesting (lots of excavated utensils, weapons, jewelry, and good information and dioramas on the progression of the atacamenen era) but rather small and didn't take too long. The mummies had recently been removed out of a (rather delayed) respect for the dead and their ancestors, and I was fine with that decision.

We then had the afternoon to kill in San Pedro, and quite honestly there weren't many entertainment options. We had a great lunch at Cafe Kunna,  wandered the same windy, dusty streets over and over, then landed at Adobo Cafe for Pisco Sours, and a camembert-pear pizza for dinner.
Light play in Tulor.
Mario and Leo came in looking extremely toasty. They said they got "a little lost" in the desert. We later learned (from their boss, Jaime) that they got REALLY in the desert, and Mario had somehow lost his shirt, hence the extreme case of sunburn. After an 8-hour search for civilization, they finally found a road and were able to flag down a motorist for a rescue. I couldn't help but think: this is exactly the kind of thing that would happen to me if I wasn't with Lisa, with her super-human navigational abiltiies!

There's a good lesson here for anyone planning a bike trip into the desert around San Pedro de Atacama (or any desert for that matter!): tell people where you are going and when you plan to return, bring plenty of water, and do NOT forget the sunscreen!

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Lisa gets to know her friend for t…
Lisa gets to know her friend for …
Happy to make it this far! Valley …
Happy to make it this far! Valley…
Light play in Tulor.
Light play in Tulor.
Tulor village, succumbing again to…
Tulor village, succumbing again t…
A patriotic quinoa salad at Cafe K…
A patriotic quinoa salad at Cafe …
A dusty dusk in San Pedro de Ataca…
A dusty dusk in San Pedro de Atac…
Lisa and a camembert-pear pizza at…
Lisa and a camembert-pear pizza a…
San Pedro de Atacama
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