It’s been pretty full on for the last few days (6 hotels in the last 6 nights). But we have another night here in San Pedro de Atacama and some free time. After yesterday’s 5am departure, I think everyone was looking forward to taking it easy, we didn’t have a group dinner, just did our own thing (there’s a kitchen here). We pottered around town this morning, found a cafe for breakfast, did some interneting and postcards.
It doesn’t rain here. There are places around here where rain has literally never been recorded. The air is clear, and this is probably the telescope capital of the world, there are loads in the area. We signed up for an astronomical tour last night, which was good. Ran from 9pm until 11pm, there’s no light pollution so the sky was sparklingly clear. The guy had two telescopes, got a good view of Andromeda (a galaxy outside the Milky Way), and a nebula. He knew his stuff, he gave a pretty good explanation of things in the night sky.
We’re exactly half way through our 10 week trip today. it’s been great so far. We only have three more days with the group, then we head off to Easter Island (three of our fellow travellers are on the same flight, so we may bump into them over there). We do have a trip out today, but not until 3.30pm, we’re off to the Valley of the Moon. NASA tested one of their Mars rovers here, it’s harsh terrain, but beautiful I believe.
Our group has been really friendly. Unfortunately I’m one of the very few who haven’t had a dodgy tummy, the food has generally been pretty good but clearly not perfect. I was served some rather pink chicken today, but I sent it back!