Chile - Bolivia 2006

Travel time: March / April 2006  |  by Valerie Couarraze

Laguna Salada - Salar de Atacama

In the south of San Pedro we found a couple of salt lakes. They are formed by water coming down from the river Rio San Pedro as well as from the Cordillera and landing on rock containing a high amount of salt. The salar de Atacama is the biggest salt accretion of Chile (80 km from at the widest point)!

These white-grey stones on the ground are... salt

These white-grey stones on the ground are... salt

Courageous to take a bath in this lake if you consider the very sharp salt crystals. 2-3 of us cut their fingers or legs a bit and we were careful

Courageous to take a bath in this lake if you consider the very sharp salt crystals. 2-3 of us cut their fingers or legs a bit and we were careful

This is the way one´s looks like after a salt bath. I don´t talk about the 2 following hours if you don´t have the possibility to take a shower...

This is the way one´s looks like after a salt bath. I don´t talk about the 2 following hours if you don´t have the possibility to take a shower...

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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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