Chile - Bolivia 2006

Travel time: March / April 2006  |  by Valerie Couarraze

Up to the North - the desert

On the way from Valparaiso to San Pedro de Atacama (we travelled by bus as usual since it is the most common and easiest way to move in South America), we crossed plenty of astonishing various landscapes. The farest we drove on the Panamericana up to the North the driest and coldest it became. After the semi-desert between Santiago and Antofagasta with blue sky almost all over the year, green oasis, lots of fruit cultures, it changed to a real desert for hundreds of km. Nothing but rocks and cactuses... but still a lot to discover

Strange feeling of a moon lanscape... here with sea

Strange feeling of a moon lanscape... here with sea

And in the middle of nowhere a village. People came here to find work which is essentially based on the extraction of saltpeter, coper or silver.

And in the middle of nowhere a village. People came here to find work which is essentially based on the extraction of saltpeter, coper or silver.

Travelling by bus in Chile is quite comfortable. Buses are well-equiped with TV (hav´nt seen so many movies in such a short time!), bath, blankets and even a water fountain (when it works). They serve hot meals, change your money if you cross a boarder, open the curtains for you in the morning, etc., a full service!

Travelling by bus in Chile is quite comfortable. Buses are well-equiped with TV (hav´nt seen so many movies in such a short time!), bath, blankets and even a water fountain (when it works). They serve hot meals, change your money if you cross a boarder, open the curtains for you in the morning, etc., a full service!

The colours are astonishing especially at sunrise/sunset. It remembered me sometimes at some landscapes seen in Namibia

The colours are astonishing especially at sunrise/sunset. It remembered me sometimes at some landscapes seen in Namibia

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The trip
 
Description:
A long time ago I decided to travel to South America - to Argentina or Chile. First no money as a student, then no time as a (hard-)worker. But now my little brother and his friends are spending 6 months over there on their globe-trotter-trip. So no poor excuse anymore. I pack my shoes. My flight starts from Francfort/M, Germany to Santiago de Chile and returns from La Paz, Bolivia. We will backpack from Santiago up to the North until the boarder travelling by bus or train.
Details:
Start of journey: Mar 15, 2006
Duration: 3 weeks
End of journey: Apr 07, 2006
Travelled countries: Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
The Author
 
Valerie Couarraze is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 16 years.
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