Bye Bye San Pedro de Atacama

Our last was spent traveling by bus to the ALMA site, the world’s largest radio telescope. We made reservations for this two months ago. For Andre, it was a pilgrimage. We toured the laboratory where they receive the signals from space. The big receiver dishes are way up on a desert plateau where all the scientists and workers have to wear oxygen to go up there. Needless to say, we did not go up there. It was incredible seeing how they are investigating space and the origins of life. The desert in Chile has the driest place in the world, perfect for looking into space.

In the evening we were supposed to look at stars through telescopes out in the desert but it was cancelled because of cloudy weather so Andre and I walked around San Pedro, shopped, visited the church and a heard a cultural dance and music performance in the plaza.

Our very last day, we packed and met Eleanor for croissants, then taxied over to see Chilen s place and Eleanore’s “Earth Ship”



Our two story Cabana, last two days.


Inspecting an adobe building


Eleanore’s “Earthship” in progress.


ADIOS! Andre, Chilen and Eleanore


San Pedro Church w/cactus ceiling

House that is in progress and said our goodbyes before starting our long journey back to S.F.

El Tatio Geysers – The Andes

Our casita.

Up at 5am to head out to see the geysers at sunrise. The geysers are biggest when it’s colder. – 17 c

14,000 Ft elevation. I defitely felt the altitude. They gave me Coca leaf tea for the cure. We saw flamingoes, vicuña, llamas, Andes geese, Huge coots, Andes sea gulls, and multicolored Chilean ducks in a wetland high in the Andes.

Back to San Pedro to get our bags and out to Tulor for a night on the edge of the salt flats in a hand built adobe house. Eleanore  came out last night for an outdoor dinner. You could almost touch the stars overhead. Today we woke up to a sunrise on the desert and peace and quiet like I have not experienced for a little no time.

A thermal geyser

Andre with geyser

Main House in Tulor



Sun setting on the Andes

Andre making Espressos