Full Moon, Eclipse, Geysers - Very Mystical!.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
a full eclipse of the moon!
While we were waiting out the front of our hostel for our pickup, a van with a family inside stopped and asked us if we knew how lucky we were and what was happening?? We answered in the negative, then he told us about the eclipse, which was immediately obvious. They were excitedly driving around telling people it was happening
We are in San Pedro De Atacama, a small frontier town in Northern Chile, close to the Bolivian and Argentinian borders, with cute low rise adobe buildings and earthen streets. Christmas is a happening here and the little town square is adorned with a Christmas tree and decorations. We flew here from Santiago skipping the 23 hour bus, this time. Soon after arriving, we were in the main street in a travel agency booking our overland tour over the salt flats to Bolivia and we ran into Fiona again, the Kumuka tour guide we caught up with in Mendoza! We had made a tentative date to catch up for Christmas but now we find they are on the exact same time frame as ourselves and will be doing the same tours as us in San Pedro Atacama and travelling the three days to Uyuni on the same days so we will all arrive in Uyuni on Christmas Eve!. SMALL WORLD!!
Back to our tour of the geysers. As the sky started to lighten and the eclipse finished, we arrive at the most amazing geyser field
After our picnic breakfast we travel to a hot thermal pool, strip off in the still cold air and all warm up in the mineral waters. On the way home the bus stops for a toilet break and an enterprising Chilean is barbecuing Llama kebabs. Delicious!
We leave Chile behind now and our next three days are going to be spent in a 4 wheel drive vehicle travelling through the amazing landscapes of lakes, mountains and the famous Salar de Uyuni of Southern Bolivia.