The post-trip extension of an Overseas Adventure Travel tour. For more info, see oattravel.com - and use my name if you book anything - we BOTH save $100!
Left to Right: Pacific Ocean, Coastal Mountains, Another Mountain Range and then the Andes. Also Bottom of Peru & Chile on left and Bolivia & Argentina on right.
Salar de Atacama, Chile's largest salt flats
Walking on the Salar
Long view out to Laguna Chaxa
3 kinds of flamingos in Laguna Chaxa
One lone sandpiper
On the drive back, we saw lots of wild donkeys.
San Pedro - oasis in the desert - and where we stayed.
Original Spanish built church, restored
Arts and Crafts quarter
Historic house. Valdivia, Prime Cardinal, sent by Pizarro to convert the indiginous. He was felled by the Mapuche a few years later.
Outside of San Pedro, we lunched at a small farm in Toconau
Dessert - made of quinoa of course
A walk up to the top of some indiginous forts.
Made it to the top
Afternoon hike in Moon Valley: I think the flat part here is 'Mars' (where the Mars Rover prototype was tested in 2013)
Watched the sandboarders on the way down
Next day - EARLY: Sun almost rising over El Tatio Geyser Field Well below 0.
Ground is getting warmer (but not the air)
With more light comes lighter bursts of steam
Hard to work the camera with gloves on
An hour later - survived the cold
Welcome dip into the (very) hot springs
Saw a shepherd(ess) crossing the road
Beginning of last day hike in the desert
Top of Rainbow Valley
Looks a bit like Arizona
German Church in Machuco - old community, still survives.
One of many ancient rock arts - this is a dog
Downtown Santiago - across from hotel in Provedencia
La Moneda Palace
Mural reflecting what used to be there
The concept of 'coffee with legs' was invented to promote coffee consumption in a tea or maté drinking society.
Central Fish Market
Art installation at a former (evicted) law school.
Fun sculpture in park
A more disturbing one.
This one in the Plaza De Armes park.
A walk up to a huge Madonna that overlooks the city
Ticket booth for funicular that goes further up the hill
This one coming down as we go up
View from the top.
Then a cable car ride down.
Final night - Jazzzzz!
Trumpeter is the band leader - playing trad with a Spanish touch
And of course, my martini. Thanks for watching!