Life is full of surprises. Some good and some not so good. Who would have guessed that the coronavirus would stop the world this way? We’re all at the shipyard waiting for the pandemic to pass. If we weren’t in quarantine, I would be embarking this week for the Atacama Desert, in Chile, and I had the intention of combining that destination with the unusual Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia. But … dream postponed.
As these countries are neighbors, it is “relatively” easy to cross from one to the other. It is necessary to take into account the altitude, the adversities of having to cross the Andes, the precariousness of the roads and the lack of connection by cell phone. But the beauty of the scenery is so great that it is worth the effort. It is one of those trips that makes us feel small in the face of the force of nature.
It would have been my second experience in the Atacama Desert and this time I would have shared the lodging between the charming hotels Alto Atacama and Tierra Atacama to review those imposing landscapes surrounded by a belt of volcanoes and to trail between lagoons, dunes, giant cacti, salt flats and geysers. A place that deserves a lot of comings and goings because although it looks like an arid region, it has no monotony! Its geography is very unique and of an amazing diversity.
Alto Atacama was built in adobe, totally in balance with nature, next to the ruins of Pukara Quitor. It is very exclusive. It has only 42 houses, which is important to think about in this moment of post-pandemic recovery, and is only three kilometers from the village of San Pedro de Atacama.
Tierra Atacama is another oasis of comfort and exclusivity in the desert. It also has a great responsibility with the environment and harmony with nature. It is two kilometers from San Pedro de Atacama and has the Licancabur volcano as a backdrop. A luxury!
Isnt it awesome? Nature trips will be on the rise as soon as we can take flight. Chile and Bolivia await me. I’ll be there soon.
Have a great week. XoXo and see you next Tuesday.