Chile
Provincia del Tamarugal

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  • Day60

    Humberstone ghost town

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    We started the guided tour at 12:30 pm. We were the only 2 people on the tour. It was fim listening to and trying to understand everything in Spanish. Eventually, the guide downloaded the description of the whole place in English and gave it to us to read before showing us the buildings about which we were reading.

  • Day60

    Humberstone church and swimming pool

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    There were remains of other major buildings like the church made from pine. This was a place for a lot of marriages just before the town was shut down since a lotta of men and women had been living together but wanted to get married so they could live together once they moved out of the town. There were the remains of the swimming pool as well. This had been made in an unusual style with iron planks riveted together and it even had a 3 level diving board. The water from the swimming pool was circulated within the campus for other usages.Read more

  • Day60

    Humberstone theater

    November 28, 2017 in Chile

    For the entertainment of the employees, the town even had a theater with a capacity of 300 people. The benches and projector room from that time have been preserved. The stage too has been repaired to look how it was when it was functional.

  • Day57

    A place to stay??

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    As we reached the salt plains of Surire, it was quite dark, we could barely see the road but in the distance, we saw some lights and thought this would be the Conaf place. We drove into the campus with the lights. It turned out to be the salt extraction factory. The workers were surprised to see us since it is forbidden to enter there. We asked them for a place to stay and they too pointed to the Conaf as the only place nearby. We drove further to the Conaf place but as with all their offices and centers, this too was closed. There was absolutely no lights there, it was pitch dark. We used the lights of the vehicle to check the place. There was no one around. We could see inside the rooms and saw nice beds with blankets but everything was locked. We decided to check if any of the windows was open. One of them opened partially, we were tempted to break in and sleep inside, but, not knowing the penalty for trespassing, we decided not to do it. It was a hard dilemma since it was getting cold and we knew that the nights in the altiplano are generally below freezing temperatures so it wouldn't be pleasant sleeping in the vehicle and here we have a nice cosy room with beds and blankets and no one around for miles to notice we were there. But, since we were not sure if someone would turn up in the early morning, we decided to skip the risky move and instead go to the Pollequere hot springs and sleep in the vehicle.Read more

  • Day57

    Magical night at Pollequere hot springs

    November 25, 2017 in Chile

    We reached Pollequere hot springs and parked our vehicle near the springs. There was steam from the hot springs that we could see in the moonlight. We used the lights of the vehicle to look around the place and decided to park it just behind a low wall there to protect from the strong winds of the altiplano.
    Hristo was quite tired and it was quite cold outside so he decided to sleep immediately while I kept looking at the stars and was tempted to go out and take pictures. In the end, the draw of the stars was too much. I took out my tripod and took some lovely pictures of billions and billions of stars shining over the salt plains. The moon was about a half full and the light was too much to capture the beauty of the starry night that the eyes saw. It was stunning!! Magical!! Words or pictures just can't describe what the eyes saw. It was a clear dark sky, there were so many stars that there was hardly a spec of darkness where I couldn't see a star or a shining dot. The milky whiteness from the moonlight added to the mystic effect of the night. As I moved around with my tripod taking pictures of the stars from different places and angles, I thought I saw mysterious flashes beyond the horizon on the Northern side behind the hills. They almost looked like flashes of lightning during a storm but without the lightning visible. Just hazy flashes of light beyond the hills. I thought I must have imagined it.
    In the night it became quite cold and both of us woke up to take out warmer jackets and fleece to wear. By now, the moon had set behind the hills towards the South and the only light was from the billions of stars in the sky. It was an undescribable spectacle. Niw, even the Milky Way was visible directly above the vehicle but it was too cold to step out and try and take pictures. It was then that we both saw those mysterious flashes again and we saw them at the same time. So, we were sure now that it was not a work of imagination and that there actually were something going on. The vehicle was pointed towards the North and we saw these light flashes in that direction.
    After about an hour or so of sleep, it became extremely cold. It was about 2 am. We could feel it was below freezing and even with our winter jackets and fleece, we were feeling cold inside the vehicle. We turned on the engine and the heater for about 30 min. It became nice and cozy inside. The windows cleared up and we again saw those mysterious flashes in the sky but still not even a spec of clos anywhere. It was a bit unreal to see flashes in the sky with no clouds anywhere. It was so bright with the lights of the gazillions of stars that I was able to take a picture of the night sky with even my cellphone.

    After that, we slept for a few hours more when it again got very cold by around 5 am. I turned on the engine again for another 30 min and we were able to sleep for some more time.
    It was in the morning only that we were able to confirm that it had been below freezing in the night when we saw ice on top of even the hot water springs where they were shallow.
    It had been an uncomfortable and freezing cold night but, one, that I would not exchange for anything else in the world. It had been the most amazing and magical places and nights I've ever experienced.
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  • Day58

    Hot springs in the salt plains

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    We decided to go for a walk to see the hot springs. There were hundreds of flamingos in one portion of the slat lake just a few hundred meteres away. There we herds of vicuñas grazing in the grasslands at the edge of the salar. We could also see some of them in the salt plains among the hot springs.
    We walked from one hot spring to another. At some places, the top surface was frozen with ice, indicating that the temperatures had been below freezing in the night.Read more

  • Day58

    Colored algae in the hot springs

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    Some of the hot springs had algae in the water. Tge heat from the water promotes their growth. There were algae of different colors - red, brown, green, yellow etc. Each hot spring was different, some were shallow placid pools while others were bubbling with hot water, some had steam coming out in whisps while the others were bellowing massive amounts and high into the air. It was like walking on a different planet.Read more

  • Day58

    Flamingos in the Salar lake

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    We had been walking around the hot springs for almost 1.5 hrs now. We decided to go to the hot lake where we had seen a lot of flamingos earlier in the morning. When we were still 500 mts from the lake, they started moving away from us. By the time we reached near the lake shore, they were had moved to the other shore. Then in one go in unison, they all rook to the sky. It was an amazing sight. A cloud of red moving in a synchronized movement in one direction. They flew away quite far and didn't return till we were in the region.Read more

  • Day58

    Swim in the Pollequere springs

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    It was about 9 am by now. We had been walking around in the area for almost 2 hours. Now, was the perfect time for a swim in the hot water of the Pollequere springs. The temperature of the pool was about 60C and was a bit hard to adjust to initially but once in it was very nice and cosy. The air was still quite cold but the sun was very harsh and piercing. We waded around for 15-20 minutes before coming out. After drying up, it was time to move on. The previous evening, we had arrived at the Salar Surire quite late and had not been able to see it properly. Plus I had read that there were a lot of birds and animals in this vacinity so we had planned to go around the salt plains now (a loop of about 60 kms). The Pollequere springs were at the South corner of the salar and we had planned to go clockwise around it and then continue further South.Read more

  • Day58

    Salar de Surire

    November 26, 2017 in Chile

    We drove North along the edge of the Salar de Surire in the direction of the salt factory we had seen pervious night. The salar was exactly the same as that in Uyuni, just a smaller version of it. It was a big sheet of white spread across the flats. We even saw some herds of vicuñas on the way. The Conaf place was still closed. 🙄🙄

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