12.05.2006 15 °C
What a relief! I can finally say goodbye to the bumpy roads in Bolivia and taste the sweetness of riding on a paved road again, in Chile, at least temporarily before heading back to Bolivia in a week.
On the van to Chile, I met one German and two French women - not university graduates who dominate the backpacking league. It's quite a difference to exchange ideas with people who is over 30 and travel for the love of travel.
Since I am only in San Pedro de Atacama for one day, Valle de la Luna is not to be missed. Landscape in northern Chile is nothing less than breathtaking as its counterpart in southern Bolivia. The hike in the sand to the top felt like forever when your feets slide back half a step for every one you made. But there is nothing to deter me for watching sunset at this unusual spot. I positioned myself in between rocks at the top of the maintain in order to not have sand for dinner. It was the windiest sunset I have experienced but definitely worth every second. The sun reflection on the moon-like landscape after setting was more than word can describe.