CHL-100129 – San Miguel de Azapa – Chinchorro culture existed some 5,000 years ago and it’s people used to mummify their dead. All organs were removed, bones replaced by sticks and faces covered by a mask.
CHL-100129 – San Miguel de Azapa – Chinchorro mummy.
CHL-100129 – San Miguel de Azapa – Chinchorros seem to have a pleasant life, looking at this cloth broidered with smiling women.
CHL-100129 – Arica – Eiffel designed a few of the buildings in Arica, including the old Aduana now a theater.
CHL-100129 – Arica – Another Eiffel design, superb St Mark cathedral, which was made to be assembled like an Ikea shelf. Maybe it should have been called “FLÖRT SÅNT MÄRK in birch veneer”.
CHL-100130 – Chiza – Ancient Geoglyphs… or recent?
CHL-100131 – Northern Chilean deserts – Funnel storms, beautiful to look at until they cross the road in front of you.
CHL-100130 – Tiliviche – Beautiful and intriguing geoglyph: a herd of llama heading toward the coast
CHL-100131 – Humberstone – Electric generators.
CHL-100131 – Humberstone – Train repair shop.
CHL-100131 – Humberstone – Nitrate saltpetre.
CHL-100131 – Humberstone – Public pool made entirely from a ship metal hull.
CHL-100131 – Humberstone – Grocery store. No Cadbury.
CHL-100131-9816 – Gigante de Atacama – Into the vast deserts.
CHL-100131 – Iquique – Enjoying a great seafood dinner with Hernan and Augustin.
CHL-100202 – to San Pedro – More deserts.
CHL-100202 – Routa 5 to Calama – The eerie part of driving in South America roads is that they are dotted every few kilometers with crosses and small chapel indicating where someone died. I just hate it; it puts a chill on the ride. Then I came up on this cemetery in the middle of absolutely nowhere…
CHL-100202 – Cerro Pintado – One eyed sperm.
CHL-100202 – Cerro Pintado – What do they mean?
CHL-100202 – Cerro Pintado – Geoglyph outlines are made by positioning stones or rocks on the cliff. Some of them are 100m long
CHL-100202 –Quillagua – Pepe, my bike mechanic in Iquique told me about a huge crater, reached from this small village (actually ~20 houses), where a dirt road through the valley and hills will lead you to it. Sure enough, out of the blue, this crater of 100m in diameter and some 50m deep appear in front of you. That was an extraordinary sight.
CHL-100202 – Chuquicamata – How one of the largest copper mine in the world look like.
CHL-100203 – Valle de la Luna – Wind sculpting.
CHL-100203 – Valle de la Muerte – Sandboarding.
CHL-100203 – Valle de la Muerte – Blown away.
CHL-100203 – Valle de la Luna – Feel like I am Neil Armstrong.
CHL-100203 – Valle de la Luna – The sunset renders the landscape a beautiful orange, turning purple then to grey. But the experience is lessened by the 500 other lunar visitors.
CHL-100204 – San Pedro – The Atacama people were (are ?;) avid users of hallucinogen and other drugs. The local museum has a whole section of sniffing sticks and offering plates they used to get the stuff into their buddies.
CHL-100203 – San Pedro – I went with Ana Lisa to an astronomy class, at Alain Mary’s home, a French astronomer who has 9 big telescopes in his garden. The clear sky of Atacama – where it hardly rains – makes it a perfect spot for astronomers. Actually, the biggest telescopes on earth, from EU and other countries are located in the area. The stars viewed by the naked eyes turned into nebulas with purple, green or reddish clouds. But my most impressive sight was the rings of Saturn as well as the moon. I took this picture using the SMALLEST of his telescopes!
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Strange pair of Flamencos.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – A huge salt lake with hundred of Flamencos breading or raising their young.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – …we got stuck in the sand and took us 10min of pushing to get out of this mess (while the girls sat in the back for “weight” on the rear wheels 😉
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Was not the smartest idea to go toward the Guanacos for a picture…
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – This is actually a frozen lake.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Altiplano color show
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Look at the myriad of colors from the mineral rich Altiplano.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Perfect setting. We had lunch admiring the view.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – Goodbye dinner.
CHL-100204 – Salar de Tara – I’ll see the boys again in BA.
CHL-100205 – Salar de Tara – Earth is boiling.
CHL-100205 – Geyser del Tatio – This geyser field situated at ~4,500m, has its source 6,500meter below. Awaiting the eruptions.
CHL-100205 – Geyser del Tatio – Every 8 or so minutes the boiling water reach crosses the threshold and erupts.
CHL-100205 – Geyser del Tatio – Impressive sight, although the height of the water sprays is around 2meters
CHL-100205 – Geyser del Tatio – The beast.
CHL-100205 – Geyser del Tatio – We can swim in one of the thermal pools, the water gets boiling hot a few meter from the source. The air temperature is ~7C, making it an interesting exit race back to the bus.
CHL-100205 – Dos Ojos del Salar – And it the middle of it all, 2 water holes of pristine and cold FRESH water!
CHL-100205 – Salar de Cegas – Higher concentration salt then the dead sea makes an interesting “swim”.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Need to improive on my pick up line…
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Blown away.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – We were lucky to witness a rare storm passing above us and hitting the Andes. It made the sunset a beautiful display of cloud shapes & colors which contrasted with the salar. (all images are un-touched, taken with my pocket camera)
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – We walked on the salts up to the edge of the water and witnessed these amazing contrasts.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – I am in cloud # 9.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – We witnessed a stunning and colorful sunset.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Snow is gathering.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Snow storm in the Andes.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Like a volceno eruption.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Our offered us some pisco sour adding an extra touch to this event.
CHL-100205 – Laguna Tebinquinche – Show’s over.
CHL-100206 – Antafagosta – Chilean version of “Sakhrit el-Rawchi”.
CHL-100209 – Mendoza – I didn’t take many Mendoza pictures since I was busy setting up my expedition, but this sight on one of the 4 sides of Plaza Independencia was initially kind of shocking then turned into hilarious.
CHL-100209 – Mendoza – The order to read is from the 2nd on the right, then to the left pic before finishing with the first part on this picture.