San Pedro de AtacamaDecember 7 in Chile
San Pedro was noticeably lower and hence warmer than the last few days, but just as dry. This was starting to have more of an impact on our bodies than we expected. My lips were so dry, I saw the point of lip balm for the first time and even my feet were starting to crack, making my walking style (more?) comical.
I have to admit we weren't overly enamoured by San Pedro, most of the must see sights sounded very similar to what we had just seen but at extortionate tourist prices. So instead we hired bikes and cycled to the one that sounded a bit different, getting to float in a salty lake. The cycle out was a bit bumpy but fine and included an unnecessary burst of speed from Kat when overtaking a couple of guys and Tour de France style she wanted to 'build up a gap'.
Once there we wondered why it was more expensive to go in the afternoon than the morning but we soon found out. The water was very cold without much time for the sun to heat it, such that Kat literally had to be dragged in.
The cycle back was much slower than the way out and put pay to the silly idea that we cycle to another site, it was far too hot for that. The rest of the day was spent relaxing except for a trip to get an emergency ice cream for Kat who was getting increasingly hangry.
San Pedro, as you might expect, was also another place where men (they always seemed to be men) with no discernable talent decide that you should give them money because they are making some noise. Apart from being tempted to pay them to stop, our cash stayed firmly in our pockets, we don't want to encourage such behaviour after all.Read more