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Oct 27, 2011 - 4 days - Uyuni to San Pedro De Atacama

4 day trip - Uyuni (Bolivia) to San Pedro (Chile) To begin our trip we firstly had to get to uyuni in Bolivia!!...we did this through and overnight bus!!....as we have had a busy coupe of weeks we didnt get the chance to look into the bus journey!!,..we got on, passed out and when I woke up the bus was rocking all over the place, there was no road we were driving though desert!!!....it was quite scary as you couldnt really see out the windows, the bus felt like it was going to topple over!!!..this lasted for a few hours lol We made it to...

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Oct 13, 2011 - Day25 - Last day in San Pedro de Atacama

Today was our last day in San Pedro de Atacama. It is a small town but with lots to do, see and experience. Going to miss it. Included a couple of typical pictures showing the aspects of the town. It was a nice hotel built out of mud and blends into the local environment so well. We walked the same streets so many times, always lots of stores to step in and take a look at what they had to sell. Trying to find that one special thing. It is a no pressure town, made for pedestrians and dogs. They sleep on the streets or hang out in front of...

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Oct 12, 2011 - Day 24 Quiet / shopping day in San Pedro

Today we spent a quiet day in San Pedro. Had a chance to sleep in, walk the narrow dirt streets, admire the local scenery and of course visit the countless tourist shops. Internet was down in the hotel. What do you expect from a hotel that has red mud walls and no TV. The no TV is alright but the no Internet, just can't take that. So here we are in the town square, sitting in the park acting like a real tourist. Can't complain too much of the hotel, the staff is incredibly nice. The maid very neatly folded all of our clothes. Sure if I left...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Day23 - Geysers and Cactus Valley

Our tour today started at 5:00AM. They said we had to start so early because the El Tatio geothermal field / geysers are much better to view in the early hours so that the hot water and cold air have a much better visual effect. Yeah right! It looked just as nice 3 hours later. Next thing don't believe everything they say. It may not be a lie but it is not what you expected. The geyser were advertised as the world's highest geysers. What that really meant was that the geysers were at the highest elevation above sea level, 4,320m above sea...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Day 22 - Visit to the Lagunas-Salars-Flamingos

Today we visited the Laguna de Chaxa part of the Los Flamencos National park. Also got up close with the volcanoes. High enough up in elevation that there was still snow on the ground in places. First stop was at one of the largest salt lakes or salt flats in Chile since there is not much water. Here we got to see Chilean Flamingos (which have the pink tails) and the Andee's Flamingos (which have the black tails). We then visited the Lagunas Miscanti and Miniques. There was a pretty blue green colour with a white salty rings. Both of these...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Day 21 - Visit to the Valleys

Today we visited Death Valley, Salt Canyon and Moon Valley. The wind and blowing sand on top of Death Valley was just incredible, so strong. We had a sand shower and sandblasted like there was no tomorrow. Went to the top of Death Valley where we were pretty nervous of of being blown over the edge by the wind or very easily losing our new hats. Once in the valley the wind was a lot calmer. We did have to put up with a lot of sun and sand. Got a chance to walk around bare feet and just pretend it was a beach. After a while the sand was...

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Oct 8, 2011 - Day 20 - Arrived in San Pedro de Atacama

Today we travelled from Calama to San Pedro de Atacama. The 5 minute taxi ride in Calama (and it was a ratty old taxi, like so many of them in South America) from the hotel to the bus terminal cost us $4.60. The bus ride that lasted 1.5 hours in what was a luxury highway bus cost us $5.20. Their bus system here is amazing and cheap. They have different classes of buses from our regular coaches to sleepers where the seats lie completely flat. The bus ride into San Pedro looked amazing. Can't wait to start touring the country side tomorrow....

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Oct 7, 2011 - Day 19 flight to Calama

Today or actually yesterday was our last day in Antofagasta before flying out to Calama. Was a relaxing day, we took in a museum on the local culture and history followed by some of our favorite walking tours. Once again we spent time at the fisherman's wharf, saw the sea lions and pelicans and then went for a walk by the ocean. Tomorrow we take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama, about an 1.5 hours away. Will try to send pictures tomorrow.

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Oct 6, 2011 - Day 18 Visited a huge..mine high up in the dessert

Today visited the really huge Escondida Mine, which means 'hidden' in Spanish. The mine is made up of several pits, the largest which is currently 4.0km x 2.5km x 600m deep and will continue to grow for several decades. It is located 170 km southeast of Antofagasta in northern Chile. It is located 3,100m above sea level. A lot of people can feel the change in conditions and have symptoms of altitude sickness. For me it was a queasy stomach. I don't even like standing on a ladder. The mine accounts for more than 25% of Chile's copper output,...

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Oct 5, 2011 - Day 17 - Stopped by the hand in the desert

Today was a 3 hour trip into the desert to see yet another mine. This ride keeps getting longer and longer and you can add very dusty to the description. Our little bus doesn't have air conditioning and the dust just seams to flow up into the bus. Add a little dry dessert heat and you have the makings of another fun bus ride. Imagine seeing no vegetation for hundred's of kilometers, not even a blade of grass. For the non geology people Louis saw a big pit with local bright green rocks and blue rocks. The mine had a 12 foot water tap in...

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Oct 4, 2011 - Day 16 - Another trip to the desert + underground mine tour

Cool weather in Antofagasta and hot dry sun in the desert. Another long day. A 2 hour bus ride to the south of Antofagasta through the desert followed by a another 2 hour return ride. Did an underground mine tour of the El Penon Au-Ag mine. Tight security at the mine. Had to do a full body metal scan and all my stuff x-rayed on the way out of the mine. Felt just like going through an airport security system

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Oct 3, 2011 - Day 15 Visit to an an Xstrata mine

Visit to Xstrata Copper's Lomas Bayas mine located to the east of the city of Antofagasta. The mine is big to Canadian standards. Got to see a blast. Drive to the mine brought us over the coastal range and through the central plateau. Very sunny and dry, very much a desert atmosphere. Nothing grows here. Not even a cactus.

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