Day 10: Purmamarca to San Pedro de Atacama
Weather: Delightful, cool to a bit warm, no rain, no delays due to weather
Quotes of the Day: It’s a spectacular 180 rainbow…with a faint twin!
Question of the Day: If this is the driest place on earth, how come there are puddles in the street?
THB is dedicating this post to an almost text free day for the followers. How can he do that? By posting a ton of pictures. Oh, and not writing too much.
The drive is spectacular, the Tierra Atacama is spectacular, the rainbow at 7:45 is spectacular, the pisco sours are spectacular, THB’s traveling partner is spectacular.
The spectacular day in pictures (and a touch of text)
We leave Purmamarca at 7am,
|Urinals in a corner is an odd set-up in the hotel lobby restroom|
On the road to San Pedro de Atacama:
|This is near the top of the altitude for the day, 13,500 feet; most of the time we are at least at 9,000 feet|
|A very high altitude salt flat where they produce salt for roads, salt for animals, and salt for humans|
|The building is made out of bricks of salt|
|As are the tables|
|And the saltman|
|The cracks need repair: salt caulk?|
|The last real stop before the border: a combo hotel, cafe, gas station (we dont get gas here, Andres says it isn't safe)|
|Sorry, no cappuccinos, just espresso|
|THB's 3rd real coffee of the morning, more than he would drink in a year|
|THB and DB are in shock: this place has a fitness center (though it is not clear how you play ping-pong on one side of the table)|
Just a few meters from the border and Customs and Immigration; Andres has to present papers for the truck and then the three of us present our papers, then they search the truck and our bags. It isn't clear to THB and DB if our pictures taken at the airport are on file.
|Andres waited to fill up the truck and take the chance of no lines at Customs; he has gas station karma today|
|Trying to use up the last of our Argentinian money|
|This is also a combo hotel, gas station and mini-market; 4 rooms and a laundromat|
make it through Immigration and Customs in around a half hour (it’s near impossible to do it any faster),
|We are a few meters from Bolivia, we can see it from here; can THB count that as having been there?|
and arrive at the all-inclusive Tierra Atacama hotel in San Pedro de Atacama around 2.
|Used to be a corral for bulls|
|The view west from our room|
|The dining room|
Lunch at 2:30:
|Mate te con hielo|
|Pork ribs with caramelized onions on top of great polenta|
|Mildly roasted peaches|
|The view to the east from our room|
And, what we saw around 7:45, the camera can't capture the entire arc
Dinner is buffet style tonight, THB doesn't take any pictures. Lots of great salads, a range of meets (NOT bbq'd!), a shrimp/pulpo stir fry, and lots of desserts. We're not in Argentina any more, the choices are almost overwhelming.