Atacama & the Coast

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We crossed the border to Chile after our three day tour in the Salar de Uyuni. We had the feeling that we travelled in time when we got to San Pedro de Atacama – real roads, fancy transportation and modern housing.

San Pedro itself is like a touristic Disneyland and rather pricey. We stayed right in town and checked out some of the yummy restaurants. The next day we wanted to explore the surroundings so we rented bikes and made our way to the Valle de la Luna

While the entrance to the valley is just out of town – the whole tour is around 30km roundtrip. Equipped with lots of water and sun protection we explored the few highlights such as the salt caves, various viewpoints, sand dunes as well as the stone formation Tres Marias(no need to go to the last one as its a) very far and b) nothing special). After a very hot and exhausting bike ride with various technical problems/breakdowns we were happy to be back in town to take a cool shower and enjoy a beer.

The next day we had to change our initial plans of heading to Salta(Argentina) because due to heavy rains the roads were closed. Instead we headed South on the Chilean coast to Copiapó.

Caldera – Bahia Inglesa 

Just a quick bus ride from Copiapó we got to one of the most beautiful beaches of Chile Bahia Inglesa. We stayed in Caldera, a small fishing town, only a short 1000 peso cab ride away from the expensive Bahia. 

Even though it was high season there was plenty of space on the white sand beach and the crystal clear water was refreshing. Along the beach you find plenty of bars to enjoy the sunset and fresh fish for dinner.

Definitely worth a visit !

Tips

  • Don’t pre book a hostel in San Pedro, there is plenty of offer in town. Watch out – the town is quite expensive for backpackers
  • Loma Sanchez Hostel – right on the Main Street. We stayed in a yurt type accommodation with breakfast for 50.000CLP (75 USD)
  • Adobe restaurant – nice interior courtyard around fire place. Yummy food !
  • La Casona – great lunch menus in a comfy and traditional atmosphere
  • Manchu Panza burgers and sandwiches – also vegan options but try the the Lomo sandwich 

 

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