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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Tonight we had a 7 hours sail south to Bartolome Island. I guess we should have been a bit more worried when they handed out anti seasickness pills at dinner and we started sailing as soon as dinner was over. It was an incredibly rough first hour, but the second was better and we did finally sleep.

    [​IMG]galapagos bartolome 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    This landing was on a volcanic landscape where you walk up to the mirador to view the lava field and the most popular view in the islands.

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    Today’s snorkel was epic with tons of fish, penguins, sea lions, turtles, rays, sharks, shellfish, and even an octopus.

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    The highlight of the trip was swimming with the penguins. They come right up to you. One even wacked Dan in the camera on video.

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    The afternoon walk was on the lava formations followed by a dinghy ride to see more penguins.

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    Last night we had a short sail to the nearby Rabina with its red sand beach.

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    The afternoon walk was to see the massive land iguanas and the pink flamingos.

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    We went to the bridge for a visit to the captain and a chance to steer the boat.

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    For the last island we sailed to Santa Cruz last night. Here we visited the Darwin Research center and its turtle and land iguana-breeding center.

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    Then we had time to walk in the village and see the fish market in action.

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    This afternoon we drove across the island to see Giant turtles in the wild. There was a stop on the way to see a huge lava tunnel.

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    For our last evening we went into town to a street crowded with tables and open-air restaurants. Here we had a huge table reserved for us. We had a choice of either Langouste or grilled fish for dinner. Daniel and Joao went to the supermercado for a bottle of vino tinto.

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  2. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Finally some pics of boobies! That is what we wanted to see!

    Awesome pics - was just looking for an update from you guys.
  3. DRRambler

    DRRambler AKA Albertastrom

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    Great photos guys, wonderful read.
    Are you posting in real time or are you like me and a week behind? :evil
    Would love to catch up with you if you are still in Ecuador. We are leaving Quito tomorrow, headed south.

    D
  4. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    I think they're probably reaching Santiago right now...
  5. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow SaraLou ... yours has got to be one of the best documented RR's ... E V E R. Really, really liked the pics from Galapagos. Keep up the awesomeness. ;-)
  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes I almost bought the i Love Boobie T shirt, but i had my brand new Ecuador freedom shirt! I see business is booming! Congrats.

    SP
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are in Bahia Inglasia Chile. So yes usually I'm a week out, but with the Galapagos and no internet i'm about 2 weeks behind now. We will be in the USA for a week before Christmas, so you will likely catch us up then! I follow your blog also.

    See you soon!

    Saralou
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Salvi

    Hey thanks!!! So the BIG day is very soon. Can not wait to see the photos!!!!

    Miss you both

    Sara
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    I am very type A and on the road this is a good outlet for my "A ness" Sorry if I overloaded on the galapagos, but it was just that awesome and a once in a lifetime experience. Now onto Peru!
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we sadly said goodbye to our gang as we all parted ways in Guayaquil and Quito. We checked back into our home in Quito the Casa Helbling again. The next day we picked up the parts for Lulu from Rick’s Motorsport Electric, that Tim and Glenda had kindly delivered.

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    Daniel replaced my stator and got Lulu running again. The best news of the day was that our friend Orvar (kingdom of Sweden) who we met and travelled with in Guatemala and El Salvador arrived at the “Helbling” today too. We had to take him to our favorite restaurant Uncle Ho’s.

    [​IMG]nazca 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Finally and for the third time we headed out of Quito. We opted to go the entire 450 km and 7 hours to Santa Ana de los cuatro ríos de Cuenca, or just Cuenca. There are thousands of “North American economic refugees” who now call it home. We had an amazing view of the Cotopaxi volcano on the way out of Quito.

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    We spent one night in the Southern district of Baños de Cuenca in the home that is now a hotel of the original family that discovered the hot spring source. The next day we relaxed in the hot springs and volcanic mud. Well deserved after a long ride on the Pan Americana. Then we moved for a night in the historic center of this very nice colonial town.

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    We met this Ecuadorian touring his country in the main square.

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    Well we have 20 days to be in Santiago and 5500 km to go, so we must leave beautiful Ecuador. Today was the 354 km ride to the surf town of Mancora Peru. With the border crossing this takes about 7 hours.

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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The southern part of Ecuador is barren until near the coast where the rice fields and banana plantations abound. It was cloudy and threatened to rain all day. It did not, but the irrigation sprinklers that were hosing the highway did douse us.

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    This is a common site near the border. They “cook” the pigs with blowtorches and then slice pieces off as it is ready.

    [​IMG]Mancora 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    About 15 km from the border there is an ecological reserve. Where it ends at 5 km from the border you will see a 3 story white building of the Transit authority on your left.

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    Just after this the highway is divided and becomes 4 lanes. Before the division turn left and go to the 2 story yellow building, which is the Ecuador aduana.

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    Here they will ask for your permit, driver’s license, and passport. They will stamp your permit and return it and take photos of your plate, bike, and VIN.

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    Next continue on the 4-lane highway to the Frontera. Pass the Salida de Pais and Welcome to Peru signs.

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    You will eventually come upon the new border complex. This is a new concept in Latin America where they have the entry and exit procedures together in fancy new digs. Drive in on the left of the first building. There are also no touts, “helpers”, or sketchy people hanging around here, but many guards who will gladly direct you where to go and in what order. The guard at the entry will ask you if you stopped at the aduana to cancel your permit and then direct you on past the first crosswalk (where you will come at the end to get your Peru permit).


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    Keep going and park on the left side in the stalls between the second and third painted crosswalks. Crossing the third crosswalk (seriously the guards get mad if you don’t) will take you directly to the migration office with the tables and chairs outside. Go in and go to the front of the Salida Ecuador line and ask for tourist papers. Go out and fill these in and then get in the Salida line with them and your passport for an exit stamp. Then they will direct you to the desks at the left with the second paper where they check in the computer? to see if you have been bad or good? Then in the same room go to the far right to the Entrada Peru for an entry stamp. Now walk back to the first crosswalk past the very new clean banos to the Aduana. Here they want your original title, passport, and Driver’s license and get this NO COPIES OF ANYTHING! They want the value of your bike and you sign a paper that states you owe them X amount if you do not cancel your permit. Another novel concept is the SOAT kiosk is in the same room. You can buy it in Sole or USD (31$). We made it out of Ecuador and into Peru in under 90 minutes for country number 13!

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    We were a bit surprised by the barren landscape, but not by, as we had heard all the garbage everywhere.

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    We were headed to the surf town of Mancora mostly because it was a good stopping distance and not for the place itself. It is a crappy beach town full of touts and drug dealers. We did meet up with 3 of the people from our Galapagos cruise for a small reunion. Unfortunately Rita had been robbed at gunpoint the night before and lost all her money and passport! So far not so good for our opinion of Peru.


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    We did however get a nice place to stay with very friendly staff that was very interested in our trip. They also warned us as we had heard from others that the police here are very corrupt. Now I’m really feeling great.

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    That said we passed by a number of police on the first 2 days here and no issues. We also passed a few riders every day headed north.
  12. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    If you are talking about me receiving my new H&B Gobi topcase then yes... the big day is tomorrow!!!

    :rofl :ricky

    Just kidding. We are mostly set for the wedding. Just minor details pending (bride's dress) :fpalm

    Tell Dan I hope he's cut down the ice cream!!
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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    That is good news!!! New gloves and rain gear too?

    sp
  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving after 400 km to just outside of Chiclayo we found a hotel run by an Englishman and his Peruvian wife. This town however looks like you are in a Mad Max film or you have woken up after a nuclear war. There are falling down brick buildings, dogs everywhere, and garbage. It is basically then sand from here for 2000 km.

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    Despite rumors we did not encounter “ bad gas” here.

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    We are on a mission, but decided on a shorter 200 km day today so we could visit the ruins near Trujillo.

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    We were stopped at a police check at one of the nonfunctioning tollbooths, but he had a trainee and so he really just wanted to show the guy what temporary import permits for foreign bikes looked like.



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    We stopped for lunch in the first decent town we have seen in this country on the beach at Huanchaco for some ceviche. Then we headed to Trujillo and our family run hotel.


    We were interested to visit the Moche ruins at La Huaca del Sol y Luna. This site has been excavated for the last 25 years from what looked like a big pile of dirt. It is the ruins of the capital city of the Moche culture and was occupied from 100 to 800 AD. There is only excavation here and no restoration; so all the murals are original colors. There is also a nice museum full of artifacts.

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    The ruins are an adobe brick stacked at right angles and in sections, which experts believe was a way to combat the frequent earth tremors. It was abandoned when the masses lost faith in their religious leaders who could not combat the destruction by the frequent el Nino phenomenon with their human sacrifices.

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    The town itself is very nice with a bright yellow church and polished concrete on the square.

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  15. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Great last updates.
    I really enjoyed your Galapagos pictures.
    A Ride through the Cordillera Blanca in Peru is really worth it, it will also get you off the desert and into the mountains.
    Buen viaje!
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Thanks for the tip. We will be back to Peru and Bolivia in the spring. We had to go the coast down we have a flight from Santiago for my sister's wedding Dec 10. So we had to rush down there.


    Sara
  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we had another 415 km ride planned thru sand and at times very strong winds.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 10.59.27 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    The idea was to get up and leave at 5 am to drive the 150 km to Lima so we could get to the city on the Pan Americana by 7 am when it will not be grid lock. We did leave at 545 with the sun rising as we headed south.

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    There were areas that were so foggy I could not see Daniel who was just ahead of me on the road.

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    We arrived on the outskirts of Lima at 715 and we left the other side about 90 minutes later. I would hate to try this at rush hour. In general the drivers in Peru are not too bad the taxi drivers especially in the north are very aggressive. If stopped behind you at a light they will go right drive on the shoulder and then try to cut in front of you. The worst part is they will then pull over 50 feet ahead and let out their fare.


    [​IMG]nazca 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There was still just more sand south of Lima, but at least some hills as well for a change of scene.

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    We were stopped at a police check today and all we got was a handshake, a where are you from, and a welcome to Peru. Oh he also said never drive at night in Peru and be very careful on the way to Nazca because of the strong winds. The sand at times was blasting us a bit, but luckily not for long.


    We stopped for lunch at Pisco and wondered if a typhoon had hit the beach the town was such a mess. That forced us to decide to press on just over 600 km to Nazca. We stopped at “the Lines”, but did not bother with the tower as you really can’t see much from there and the flights are too expensive at 110$ each for 30 min.

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    We spent the night in the Swiss hotel here and got off to another early start for the 400 km to Camana.

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    Filling up with gas we added our sticker to their collection.

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    We stopped to lube the chain and have a stretch.

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    The first 80 km out of Nazca were very windy as well, but after that the road moved onto the coast where there was almost no wind and the first nice scenery we have seen in 5 days.

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    We arrived in Camana and asked for a hotel and we were directed to the Hotel Plaza de Armes, by which they mean the hotel on the main square and not the name of the hotel. I have a thing for apple pies and this one was very good.

    [​IMG]camana 43 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Dan is considering trading the bikes in for this guy.

    [​IMG]camana 44 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    No big surprise another day of sand and wind on the 460 km to get to Tacna.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2013-11-30 at 9.38.19 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This is actually quite a nice city with a good vibe finally.

    [​IMG]tacna 13 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tacna 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tacna 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    The next morning we heard there was a strike of the civil servants in Chile, not what you want to hear on the day you plan to cross the border to Chile. We drove the 20 km to the border area.

    [​IMG]tacna 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tacna 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tacna 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]tacna 8 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    First you arrive at the Peru immigration building and pull in and park in the lot.

    [​IMG]FILE6716 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC08854 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    At the front of the building there is a small door to the right into the migration office, but first go to the door just to the left. There is a desk there where the guard will have you fill in your information in a ledger and then give you a triplicate form to fill in for cancelling your permit. You take this, your passport, and the tourist paper you got when you entered the country to the officers inside the first door (past the x-ray machine). Here they will stamp your passport and the triplicate form.


    Go back out and move the bike (not sure why) past the booths and park on the road at the side of the building.

    [​IMG]DSC08855 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC08864 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Enter the door marked CIT and get your permit cancelled. They want your permit, passport, drivers’ license and the triplicate form. They will enter this in the computer and hand you one of the forms.

    [​IMG]DSC08858 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We met this cool German Girl Anni who is living in Peru, but is on a 3- month ride to Ushuaia.

    [​IMG]DSC08856 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Now drive to the Chile side.

    [​IMG]FILE6726 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6743 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Pass the booth to the left and park to the right.

    [​IMG]FILE6759 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6770 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6795 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    This is where our 320 km day starts to go south. First we arrived at the border at 845, but in Chile its 1045! The first thing is easy you go to the migration window to get an entry stamp. They also give you a declaration to sign saying you have no food or fruit or large sums of cash, but no one ever looked at ours. Next there was a massive line for the Aduana for luggage check. All luggage is x-rayed. This took 2 hours. During this time they told us to move the bikes to the back of the car line which really made no sense, since we are standing in the Aduana line. They finally agreed to let us park them at the front.


    [​IMG]DSC08865 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    When we got to the front of the line they let us move the bikes there and we were told we had to unload everything. This is a joke really, because when they asked what was in the bag I had forgotten in the bottom of my pannier and I said bike parts they said OK and didn'’t even look.


    [​IMG]DSC08868 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Finally they lifted the gate and we moved to the aduana for vehicles. This is a very quick procedure. You fill out all your own info on a carbon form and they stamp it and give you a copy. Now proceed to the exit gate and show your form. 4 hours total!

    [​IMG]DSC08866 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Finally headed south in Chile.

    [​IMG]DSC09037 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC08871 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    There was you guessed it more sand and some wind, but there was a couple of cool canyons.

    [​IMG]DSC08872 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We unfortunately had 2 30 min road closures on the Highway and so we were racing the sunset at 8 pm Chile time to get to Pozo Almonte. The last 50 km with the sun setting and the wind howling the temperature dropped to a nippy 9 degrees. We arrived just at dark with some gas left still, but no Pesos and very empty stomachs. At the gas bar there was an ATM that luckily worked with our card. The attendant suggested the Hostal near by where for 50$ you get a small simple dorm room with a bathroom. The best was the secure parking lot.

    [​IMG]DSC08875 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6904 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6919 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE6904 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    In the morning we headed the 435 km to San Pedro de Atacama.

    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2013-12-04 at 5.31.08 PM by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 1 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    On the way there is an aduana stop and no gas at about 165 km from Pozo. Here you have to go in with you permit to get it stamped (we are not sure why) before you can proceed south. The next gas station from here is in Calama in 150 km, and this is why there was such a huge line up for gas when we got there.

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 3 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    Then we headed out into the Atacama Desert and had spectacular view of the valley of the moon and the volcanoes as we drove into this adobe oasis at San Pedro. We arrived about 330 and it was still getting hotter. This town is almost only hotels, tour offices, and restaurants.

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 14 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 24 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The original Church was built here in the late 16 th century.

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 16 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 18 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 17 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    Funny enough after a tour of the town we see Anni checking into the hostal 200 m from ours. She joined us for a tour of the desert the next day where we visited the oasis at Vally Jere.

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 29 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 30 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    We then drove to the Lagunas Chaxa (with the flamingos from a distance because the entry was 5$ each and we did not want to pay it) and Cejar (of which you will not see a photo, because it was 4$ each just to take a picture) out in the middle of the Solar de Atacma.

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 34 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 42 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 48 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    [​IMG]san pedro de atacama 47 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
  20. Tricepilot

    Tricepilot Bailando Con Las Estrellas Super Moderator Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,072
    Location:
    San Antonio
    This is an awesome report!!