San Pedro de Atacama Street, Chile
Ever since I was a child I’ve been enchanted by Chile. Maybe it was a past life, who knows, but I have always longed to visit the Atacama desert in Northern Chile.
Driving into Chile the the stark contrasts with Bolivia are immediate. The first thing I noticed was sealed roads. Then there were the public toilets – clean, toilet paper, seat… free. There’s more than BBQ chicken with chips on the menu. You require some sort of service, you pay for it and you get it.
Now don’t take that poorly toward Bolivia, Bolivia is an incredible country that I would return to over and over, but I was… weary… dirty, hungry and weary from travel…. and Chile was just what I needed.
San Pedro de Atacama is a gorgeous little town in the Atacama desert in the north of Chile, about an hour from the border with Bolivia. The heat is dry, the streets slightly dusty, the people vibrant and relaxed. There are many arty shops selling hammocks, blankets, wristbands, and funky jewellery.
San Pedro de Atacama is an extraordinary place, it has a certain… Vibe about it… a feel that you could settle right into, a vibe that you could ride until your little heart is full of peace and happiness. I latched onto San Pedro de Atacama immediately.
Chile had me weak at the knees straight away.