Chile - Bolivia 2006

Travel time: March / April 2006  |  by Valerie Couarraze

San Pedro de Atacama

San Pedro de Atacama located in the middle of the desert is the starting point of many very interesting excursions. The village itself counts round 1,000 inhabitants and has a long, long story. It was first populated by the Indios, then conquered by the Inkas during the XVIth century before beeing conquered again, this time by the Spains. The signs of Pedro de Valdivia are to be seen also here. To resume: the story of San Pedro sounds familiar, its destiny isnĀ“t different than hundreds of Chilean villages. Today it is a charmful minuscule town with different architecture styles, various art places with refined taste

View of the mountain of the Pili (6046 m)

View of the mountain of the Pili (6046 m)

This church is one of the nicest of the entire region (first construction; XVIIth century). The truss is made of cactus wood.

This church is one of the nicest of the entire region (first construction; XVIIth century). The truss is made of cactus wood.

The main plaza

The main plaza

The typical red stone / sand

The typical red stone / sand

We tried two Chilean specialities in San Pedro: the humitas and the pasta de chuclas, both made of mais and ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

We tried two Chilean specialities in San Pedro: the humitas and the pasta de chuclas, both made of mais and ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS

Nice to stay around the fire, actually it was in a restaurant after trying "humidas"

Nice to stay around the fire, actually it was in a restaurant after trying "humidas"

Here are Guillaume and Bertrand. And they have to carry their small home 12 months long like that...

Here are Guillaume and Bertrand. And they have to carry their small home 12 months long like that...

Pupils coming out of school in the middle of the afternoon

Pupils coming out of school in the middle of the afternoon

How about a trip to the Moon Valley this afternoon? It is only 40 degres and a 3.5 hours drive through the desert! But what a view there!

How about a trip to the Moon Valley this afternoon? It is only 40 degres and a 3.5 hours drive through the desert! But what a view there!

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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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