17
Apr
2004
James

La Serena, Chile

We are lodged up in La Serena at a private little house in a nice neighborhood and a little old chilean lady named Gladyis is running it. She is quite cool and helpful and there are two Irish chicks, Catherine and Louise, staying at the house. At 8 pm we went to the Elque valley about 70 km away where there are wolrd renowned observatories for watching the sky. The southern sky is quite clear here and this area of Chile is supposedly the best place in the southern hemisphere to see the stars.

15
Apr
2004
James

The long trip to La Serena

After the Salar de Uyuni… we pretty much traveled straight for 2 days to La Serena, Chile. We first had to travel in an old bumpy and dusty land cruiser back to the Chilean Border. We stopped over night in the middle of nowhere bolivia arriving in darkness around 10 pm, they fixed me and Paul a little soup and potatoes, and of course a maté de coca.

14
Apr
2004
James

Salar De Uyuni: Day Three

Man I slept horrible at the Hotel de Sal. The day before, there was just sooo much dust in the Land Cruiser that I really had a bad reaction to it… and had sinus blockage all night. Today was rough too…. and I’ve felt pretty horrible riding again, but it was worth it because today we are out driving on the salt flat and its absolutly unreal! Javier told us that the salt goes from 1 centimeter at the edge, to 20 meters thick in the center… the salt flat is huge and there is a lake underneath it.

13
Apr
2004
James

Salar De Uyuni: Day Two

We left the refugio after a decent breakfast. We were a bit worried last night when Javier had the hood of the Land Cruiser up and had the whole master cylinder out and was fixing things for over three hours. When we asked him if the brakes were ok, his one and only response was “tranquilo, tranquilo”… which roughly translates to “chill out, dude, no worries”.

12
Apr
2004
James

Salar De Uyuni: Day One

Monday we left for the Salar De Uyuni tour. We booked with Miguel, the owner of our hotel in San Pedro, who also runs a tour agency. Eran, being the good jew that he is, bargained him down from 110 dollars to $90 for our 4 day trip and down to $75 for his three day… which we later found out was still $10 more than everyone else was paying.

11
Apr
2004
James

Valle de la Luna, Chile

Sunday we chilled once again all day, I wrote a couple emails and worked on updating this blasted weblog… we waited around for the afternoon when it started to cool off, and at 4 we took the mountain bikes out for a ride to Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon) 12 km outside San Pedro.

Image: Chile-SanPedroDeAtacama-ValleDeLaLuna.jpg

10
Apr
2004
James

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

We now are heading out of Perú into Chile, on our way down to Santiago to visit Tom, one of Paul’s Marine buddies who is working guard duty at the American Embassy there. Eran, our isralie friend found out that you can do a tour of the infamous Salar de Uyuni, salt flats in Bolivia from San Pedro de Atacama, a border town in the Atacama desert in Chile. His route would take him back up into Bolivia after the tour where he was planning to do some good trekking, whereas we would return to San Pedro in Chile and continue south. So we decided to travel together to San Pedro.

08
Apr
2004
James

Colca Canyon: Day Three

Well, we overslept because my watch is dying and I didn’t hear the alarm… and I don’t even know if it really did go off or not. Anyway, Mauricio, the guy with the mule was waiting for us for an hour and a half and we finally got going by 5:45. The earlier you leave the better cause the heat in the canyon is pretty extreme even by 8 am in the morning. It took us about 3 hours to get out of the canyon, and Paul had to be the hard-ass and carry his pack all the way out. He was literally soaked from head to toe with sweat when we arrived at the top.

07
Apr
2004
James

Cañon Colca: Day Two

We woke to find a couple dogs guarding us from who knows what, but every hour or so after 5 am they would wake us with their growling at apparantly nothing. A few locals walked past our campsite as we were cooking breakfast and greeted us with a friendly and loud “¡Buenos Dias!”. We hiked upward through the tiny hillside town of San Juan de Chulcha and it seemed that everyone was either out of town, or asleep, or off working in a garden somewhere, because there was no one to be seen anywhere.

06
Apr
2004
James

Cañon Colca: Day One

Leah, Eran, Paul and I woke a little late for our 2:00 AM departure time to the Colca Canyon 6 hours up into the Andean mountains settled in behind Arequipa. We got to the bus terminal just after the bus left so we had to wait around for an hour and a half to catch the next bus at 3:30 am… no worries. But damn that was one bumpy ride. Paul and I slept fine on the bus ride despite the constant vibrations and sudden curves… Eran and Leah didnt fair so well. We arrived around 9:30 or 10 am in Cabanaconde, a small town perched up on top of the canyon.

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