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San Pedro de Atacama

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Here are some fun photos taken on my phone from around San Pedro de Atacama.

The town is built mainly in adobe, which is effectively a mixture of clay-rich soil, straw, and sand. This is often mixed with stones, and walls are then rendered with a clay slip to finish and protect them. Adobe isn’t a material which lends itself to high rise building, so the majority of “SP de Atacama” (as abbreviated on road signs) are single storey.

The town itself is very atmospheric, feeling very much in harmony within its location in a desert oasis. The earthy ochre-coloured mud-built buildings feel like they have been extruded from the ground below, which in a way, they have. Shop signs are wooden, and modern roofs have been topped by reeds to remain in-keeping with the desert town feel. Most restaurants are heated by wood-fired chimineas, found here in their native territory, and totally in-keeping with their terracotta surroundings.

This first photo is a close-up of an adobe wall which has seen better days, to give you an idea of its composition.

(still travelling and posting from my iPhone, so no captions for now – sorryl!)

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Adventures in Chile – Valle de la Luna

Imagine a landscape that is so barren, so alien, yet beautiful in its many forms. Shiny rock salt crystals glint and shine as the sun lowers in the sky. Small cave systems, organically shaped by water millennia ago, meander through gorges. This is Valle de la Luna, or Moon Valley, situated in the north of the salt flats in the Atacama desert, Chile.

We were taken there by our guide, who helped to show us the best of the valley, and led us, often on hands and knees, through a cave unlike any other I have seen. We finished our day watching the sun set, and the terribly beautiful colour changes that happen, whilst drinking wine and eating cheese. I will never forget that evening.

Here are a few of the many photos I took. Please excuse the lack of captions for now – the mobile WordPress app doesn’t support them yet, and as I’m on holiday I’m not going to hard-code them!

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The Skies of Atacama

This first photo could well be accompanied by the Orb's “Little Fluffy Clouds” as a soundtrack. The skies here are simply incredible.

This is the view over Moon Valley. As the sun sets the colours of the landscape change dramatically, framed by equally stunning skies, as the clouds change from white to red, to finally an intense flaming orange.

More about Valle de la Luna later.

 

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Adventures in Chile: Arriving in the Atacama Desert

Today we flew from Santiago to Calama in the north of Chile to continue our adventures. I haven’t had time to finish blogging about Santiago and Valparaiso yet, so expect a few out-of-sequence posts in the next few days.

Soon after arriving we went on a tour of Valle de la Luna – Moon Valley – and I am still picking up my jaw from the stunning desert landscape.

So this is just a quick post to keep you up to date.

Here’s a photo to give you a taste of the landscape. Expect many, many more!

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