Sunday, September 29, 2013

Valle de la Luna, Valle de la Muerte and Salt Caves

Now to catch up with a back log of 2 months about my South American travels!

After a week in Santiago, it was time to head north to San Pedro de Atacama - the world's driest desert. With it being one of Chile's top tourist destinations (and with good reason) there was plenty to see and do. Top of the to-do list being: Valle de la Luna and Valle de la Muerte.

We went with a tour operated by our friends' hostel which I would highly recommend. Our tour guide was a pint-sized sweetheart and as part of our contingent didn't speak Spanish, her English was very impressive too.

We started off going to the viewpoint which overlooked Valle de la Luna.

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Which called for some photo opps.

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We headed over to Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) which also allowed us to pass the amazingly named Dinosaur Valley. We then proceeded to Valle de la Muerte. There are many theories as to why it is called Death Valley but the most popular theory is that there was a Belgian bishop who came to San Pedro called it Mars Valley but due to his strong Belgian accent, people misheard it hence Valle de la Muerte instead of the intended Valle de Marte. A theory I agree with as the scenery was rather (pun fully intended - I know, I am hilarious) out-of-this-world.

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We sported some very dashing headgear to explore the salt caves leading to us discovering our inner Gollum.

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At one point, we had to stand in silence as we heard the salt popping and crackling. For sunset, we climbed up a massive sand dune to watch the sun sink down below the horizon. 

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The best thing is, there were many amazing sunsets to come.

Where has been your favourite sunset?

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