In the morning we headed the 435 km to San Pedro de Atacama.
On the way there is an aduana stop and no gas at about 165 km from Pozo. Here you have to go in with you permit to get it stamped (we are not sure why) before you can proceed south. The next gas station from here is in Calama in 150 km, and this is why there was such a huge line up for gas when we got there.
Then we headed out into the Atacama Desert and had spectacular view of the valley of the moon and the volcanoes as we drove into this adobe oasis at San Pedro. We arrived about 330 and it was still getting hotter. This town is almost only hotels, tour offices, and restaurants.
The original Church was built here in the late 16 th century.
Funny enough after a tour of the town we see Anni checking into the hostal 200 m from ours. She joined us for a tour of the desert the next day where we visited the oasis at Vally Jere.
We then drove to the Lagunas Chaxa (with the flamingos from a distance because the entry was 5$ each and we did not want to pay it) and Cejar (of which you will not see a photo, because it was 4$ each just to take a picture) out in the middle of the Solar de Atacma.
Dan’s bike was having issues starting, but we thought it was just sand in the starter. This evening we went to the Valley of the moon for some very lunar landscape and an amazing sunset.
The colors were amazing this is how it looked.
The plan for today was get up at 330 am and drive the 100 km or 2 hours to the huge geyser field at Tatio. Well we did get up at 4 am, but when we tried to leave Dan’s bike would not start. UGH! Back to bed to sort of sleep. Luckily we have a GS911 and it quickly diagnosed a problem with the clutch actuator switch, which was full of crap. Cleaning this out Dan had solved the problem. Lazing about for the rest of the day was not so bad actually.