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Atacama Desert - Day 2

Darwin gets his groove back

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Wow. we have been treated to two spectacular hikes. Yesterday afternoon, we took a 6 km hike through the desert, climbing over sand dunes, desert cliffs and seeing fantastic scenery. I climbed a small sand dune and had to moon walk down. Reminded me of my younger days climbing gravel pits with the neighbours. After our hike, we drove to death valley to get a spectacular view of the topogrpahy and then off to moon valley for a fantastic sunset. This place is a mini grand canyon. Our guide did not have wine, and after our 6km hike, I actually drank part of darwins beer (cerveza) and it tasted GREAT.

Back to the room for dinner and a shower. We downloaded our photos to watch our daily slide show and started to fall asleep before we could look at them. A very exhausting day.

This morning we had a three hour hike through cactus gorge. Here we started at 3200m and went down to 3000m as we hiked through this amazing cactus gorge. We saw vegeatation and waterfalls. Imagine yesterday was pure desert sun and this morning a fabulous vegetated gorge. This was a great demonstration of the two different topographies in this region. Quite stunning.

Jim we thought of you the past two hikes. You would have enjoyed these immensely. It would have been difficult to carry the bottle of wine with us on our hike this morning, but I`m sure you would have figured it out. Darwin was amazing climbing over the rocks and sand dunes. He was like spiderman.

This has been fun. Now we are off to lunch and this afternoon we will be enjoying the pools and then we go to the salt flats tonight to watch the flamingos and the sunset.

Posted by winmouse 08:08 Archived in Chile

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Can't wait to see the pics!

by Monica

Guys...the pictures that you've taken together show it all, you are having the best experiences of your life together. Darwin, I have never seen you smile so much, and Michelle you are looking fitter and fitter. A super time to be away, and to show all of us, how vast & beautiful southern South America really is !!

Keep it up, amigos.
Sandy M

by sandy masterton

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