At times what we have been seeing and experiencing totally overwhelms us. We have moments where we get back to our accommodation and we can’t quite believe the photographs or memories. I think this is one of the things that makes travelling for such a long period quite difficult. One almost becomes oversaturated with new experiences and encounters and it becomes difficult to process what you are experiencing.
The first few days in San Pedro de Atacama (the driest desert in the world) were a bit of a downer for me. I landed up with a nasty cold and spent two solid days in bed. I got to finish my book (called The Executioners Song….. not something you should read when you are feeling a bit sorry for yourself) and then started to play lots of spider solitaire as there was no internet in our room. Our room was also a bit cold so all in all I wasn’t the happiest person in the world.
Having this down time did enable me to become really excited for exploring what the Atacama desert had in stall for us. We travelled up to some high altitude lakes which were really beautiful. You drive through desert, then up a mountain pass, and then the next thing you see these blue blue lakes at 4200 meters. Quite something looking at these lakes and feeling a little out of breath and headachy from the altitude.
From the lakes we then went back down into the desert and visited the Flamingo lakes. What on earth flamingos are doing in the middle of the desert I do not know but they were so beautiful.
My highlight had to be the salt lakes. I have never been to a salt lake before and floating in the water was just magical.
The water was crystal blue and with the reflection of the volcano shimmering in the distance….. just spectacular. What a way to spend our last day in the Atacama Desert.
While we were in the desert we got great news from home. My wonderful employers have agreed that I can start a month later so we will be continuing our travels until the end of July. Get ready for 2 more months of posts coming your way……….