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Moonwalking in Chile

A December 2003 trip to San Pedro de Atacama by maral

Landscape near San Pedro Photo, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile More Photos
Quote: In Valle de Luna a full moon illuminates the desert, casting a glow over us as we crunch past eerily-shaped structures created by centuries of erosion on these salt mountains. We roam the floor of this ancient lake, awed by the striking lunarscape . . .

Moonwalking in Chile

Overview

Landscape near San Pedro Photo, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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The first thing you should do when you get here is visit the Museo Arqueologico Gustavo Le Paige, which houses the world-renowned prehistoric mummies. Then, as time allows, shop for artisan treasures, tour the prehistoric settlements, and soak in the geyser pools. After a great meal around the bonfire in a local restaurant, drive or hitch a ride out to Valle de Luna! In Northern Chile, Valle de Luna's lack of humidity means it can't sustain any kind of life--no animals, birds, or plants. So . . . silence. Hope that a full moon illuminates the desert, as it will cast a glow over you as you crunch your way along marked trails. Eerily-shaped structures, created by centuries of erosion on these salt mo...Read More
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Like most places in Chile, you'll find bargains in the desert. We stayed at Residencial La Florida. A double room around a courtyard with shared washrooms was $10 per person. (The power is only on from dusk to midnight, so time your shower accordingly.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

Residencial La Florida
Main Street
Tocopilla, Chile

Adobe

Restaurant

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The Adobe restaurant offers excellent food, featuring a plate of the day. The nightly bonfire is a big plus--great conversation starter. This is a friendly, fun place to go, and you can even check your email while they cook your dinner!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

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The first thing you should do when you get here is visit the Museo Arqueologico Gustavo Le Paige, which houses the world-renowned prehistoric mummies. Then, as time allows, shop for artisan treasures, tour the prehistoric settlements, and soak in the geyser pools.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

R. P. Gustavo Le Paige Archaeological Museum
Gustavo Le Paige 380
San Pedro de Atacama
+56 (55) 851002