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Atacama – the driest desert in the world


If I remember well, we got up at 4 o’clock in the morning so that we could reach geysers before daybreak. The best moment to see them is at sunrise. Then we went a bit farther to have some breakfast. Before our toothless Indian prepared a meal we could take a bath in hot springs, as you can see it in the pictures. We are still in the desert, very high above sea level and it’s very cold at night; the ground in the vicinity of the basin is covered with ice.

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We are getting closer to the Chilean border. On our way we go past beautiful, picturesque lagoons which, by their deep blue colour, contrast with the redness of the scorched desert. Some photographs show probably the most famous lagoon called Verde – meaning ‘green’ :-) We also meet teddy – a well-known globetrotter who wandered here at the same time we did. He was very nice and even agreed to pose for a photograph.

Cegły na nowy hotelW drogę...
Po drodze na AtacamęLaguna Verde i LicancaburAlyssa, Witek i BrittanyIndianka z dzieckiemPluszowy obieżyświat
Ostatnie chwile w BoliwiiŻegnamy się z Amerykankami

And the time has come to part from our American women, they go back to Uyuni and we are waiting for a bus which will take us to Chile, to a small town in the desert – San Pedro de Atacama.

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Hardly had we crossed the border when a road turned into the asphalt one. What can I say, B L I S S F U L N E S S! I give you my word that I will never, never again complain about the Polish roads; perhaps they’re not as fine as the ones in Chile but, anyway, we do have roads in our country! In Bolivia, for a change, there are almost no asphalt roads at all!

We reached a place of our overnight accommodation in no time and wandered off to the city. The picture beside shows the oldest house in the town which was erected in 1520. It was a residence of the first royal governor of Chile – Pedro de Valdivia.

Casa de Pedro de ValdiviaCorreos de ChileIglesia en San Pedro de Atacama
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Carabineros de ChileIglesia en San Pedro de AtacamaValle de la Luna

At 3 P.M. we go to a travel agency where the day before we booked a tour of the Valle de la Luna. In front of the office we are surprised by the breathtaking view of a guide. We follow her mesmerized!

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Ana Maria

Before we go to watch the sunset, we take a half hour stroll among these unique conditions of the nature and even visit another small cave.

Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth! Our guide says that there are some areas here where, since the first research began, no precipitation has been ever observed! You have to admit that the region makes a great impression. So does the guide. From almost an hourlong conversation about Atacama I only remembered that Ana Maria had once a Czech boyfriend :).

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Valle de la LunaValle de la LunaAna Maria i WitekValle de la LunaValle de la Luna

I feel as if I were on a different planet and this impression will be even more heightened at the sunset. In my opinion, however, I think that the name of this region is inappropriate. Anyway, this is not the lunar landscape I would imagine; I would rather call this place the Martian Valley.

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Witold Wieszczek
Translated by Kamil Razowski.
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