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When a 1.5 hour plane ride takes you to another world


My family (well, really just my mom, brother, and girlfriend) came down to visit me last week. I got incredibly lucky that they could come down in early September, because that coincided with a week-long school break for Chile’s fiestas patrias, the 18th of September and surrounding days, which celebrates the start of the Chilean independence process. With this time, I decided to a make a trip to San Pedro de Atacama in the north of Chile with my family. After spending a few days in Viña del Mar and Valparaíso, we left early in the morning, making it to San Pedro in time for a late lunch. San Pedro is a small town, mostly focused on the tourism industry. We spent three nights there, and visited lagoons, salt flats, Valle de la Luna, hot springs, and even went sandboarding. San Pedro de Atacama, the driest desert in the world, was truly otherworldly. With sweeping landscapes and unusual formations in every direction, you truly feel like you left this planet. And I have pictures to prove it (thanks Eliza)!

That’s all for now, but get excited, because my next post will be about my upcoming visit to EASTER ISLAND!



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