Atacama Momma


  • EVERYONE HAS THAT FRIEND WHO SAYS “I THINK WE SHOULD GO TO…”  THIS TIME IT’S A DESERT I NEVER HEARD OF. CHILE’S DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH. THIS AREA IS SO VAST AND INTIMIDATING THAT I BEGAN THINKING ABOUT SURVIVING IF I GOT STUCK OUT HERE. MAYBE A DAY IF I WAS A WARRIOR.  LAND MASS REQUIRED 0400 AM CALLS TO BEGIN TRAVELING TO LAGOONS, VOLCANOES AND GEYSERS.  DRIVING INSIDE A CRATER TAKES ALL DAY AND MONUMENTAL BOMBASTICAS CREATED FROM EXPLOSIONS MILLIONS OF YEARS AGO ARE MIND BLOWING.  OUR BASE IS SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA OR AS A GUIDE SAYS  “ITS THE TOWN LIKE THE MOVIE FOOTLOOSE”. NO MUSIC NO DANCING.  I FOUND OUT LATER THE TOWN NEEDED A PURGE FROM THE BOLIVIAN BLIZZARD THAT SET DOWN AND CREATED COKED OUT ZOMBIES. BAD FOR TOURISM I WOULD AGREE.  SALT LAGOON FACT 160 GRAMS PER LITER OF WATER RIVALS THE DEAD SEA. AND A CRUST FORMS  OVER YOUR WHOLE BODY IN SECONDS ONCE YOU EXIT THE CHILLY WATERS. 12000 FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL YOU CAN SEE  3 OF THE 6 SPECIES OF FLAMINGOS. THE ANDEAN THE CHILEAN AND JAMES.  THEY EAT ABOUT 17 HOURS A DAY AND SOME FLY TO CANADA AND BACK.  I THOUGHT EAGLES WERE BAD AZZ NOW ITS THE BRINE SHRIMP EATING PINK FEATHERED BIRD THAT TAKES THE CAKE.  THIS PLACE  IS HUMBLING AND EVERYDAY SPENT HERE LEAVES YOU IN AWE…ATACAMA.

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