In And Around San Pedro de
Driving dune buggies (I'm lounging in the buggy)
We made friends of some carabineros posted near the Chile-Bolivia border.
Wild llamas are shown in the background. They came rollng down the hill
when they showed up - very funny sight.
Close -up of a couple of not very shy llamas
A series of small walls - ruins from the ancient Atacameno tribes who
lived in this region of the Andes before the Incas
Licancabur and Toco in the background as viewed from Valle de la Luna
The river valley. All the water to San Pedro comes from this river.
This region of the Atacama is so dry that only roughly 1 cm of precipitation
falls each year - mostly in the form of dew. These dry conditions, in addition
to the high altitude make this an excellent place for astronomy.
Windswept sandstone seen from the road leading into San Pedro
Amber and Roberto on the way out for a ride.
Giving a slightly different meaning to the excuse "I was stuck in raffic"
Dusk in San Pedro
Amber and Randy at the salar. Cerro Toco and the Volcano, Licancabur
are to the right in the background.
A salt lagoon in the foreground with the currently active volcano, Lascar
in the background
Another view of the same salt lagoon - a natural sanctuary for flamingos
(not shown in photo)
Amber standing in front of a large lagoon somewhere near the border
of Chile and Argentina
Another view of the same lagoon
Here they have pretty much lost interested in us
A wild vicuna - an animal similar to a llama with a more delicate build
that lives at high altitude in the Andes
Natural Geysers High in the Andes