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           Atacama Desert Adventure Antofagasta  Chile

Atacama Desert Adventure

I like to think of myself as someone who above all else enjoys traveling. I've been doing it since I could remember and never plan on backing down. My most memorable tale of adventure is one of my trips to Atacama desert in Chile. An experience like this is something definitely worth sharing, so here is me sharing it with you.

The easiest way to get to Chile is flying The place I chose to start this adventure was San Pedro.You can't just simply land in San Pedro. First, you need to land in Santiago. From Santiago, you must travel north via a local flight, and go over Calama. The city name comes from an old Kunza word meaning "town in the middle of water". The reason for this is because up until the fifties or so, it was flanked by Loa, a local river.

Once you get to Calama, the road to San Pedro is rather simple and easy. Best idea is to rent a car at Calama airport and ride in a straight line to San Pedro. You might want to get lost in the scenery around, however. Valle de la Luna, they call it... For those not remembering their old Spanish classes in school, it means "Valley of the Moon". Why is it called like that? The reason is that it actually looks like the surface of the moon. Drive through here in a buggy at night, dressed as an astronaut, you wouldn't know the difference... Aside from being famous for it's strange looks, Valle de la Luna is famous for being one of the most driest places on Earth. There are some parts here that haven't got a drop of water in over a century.