Seeing San Pedro de Atacama on TWO wheels.
San Pedro de Atacama Travel Blog› entry 9 of 13 › view all entries
September 19th, 2007 – by: cmgervais
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.
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.
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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