03.24.2013 - 03.24.2013 75 °F
This afternoon, I took a bikeride to Valle de la Luna, a 12 km ride from San Pedro de Atacama where I am staying. I started off with an argentinian couple and we got lost about 3 times trying to find the road and then they turned back when the road was uphill. Others were riding it so I kept going. It was a beautiful ride throught the desert but the wind was howling against me and sand occasionally in my face. The road stopped being paved at the entrance to the park and the trail continued uphill. There were salt coated rock and formations at first.
Then, there were black sand dunes too.
I went up to the duna mayor, about 7 km extra, the famous stop to watch the sunset. It was spectacular and reminded me of the american southwest a bit except for all of the volcanoes in the distance.
Afterward, windblown and tired, I treated myself to another good burgen and natural kiwi juice.
Chile has great juices (mango, papaya, pinapple, rasperry, strawberry, and kiwi). The variety in Chile has been so much that I have to remind myself I am in the same country as Torres Del Paine.