San Pedro de Atacama

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San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:10 am

The outpost of Atacama desert from which all Atacama tours/activities take place.
This is the main street of the town San Pedro de Atacama

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Though Atacama is the driest place on earth, this part of Atacama does receive about 100mm of rain a year as you can see
the channels created by rain water.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby aster » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:53 pm

Desert colours of Atacama are beautiful, Sury. :)

The walls and the dirt road of the desert city as well as the rain water channels are very intriguing. The channels are gigantic and must have taken a long time to be sculpted by the running water.
Weather looks warm.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:10 pm

Yes, indeed. Both wind and water erosion are very prevalent in this part of the world. The "gully" gets narrower as we move along
and certainly not for those suffering claustrophobia. That's why my wife did not join. :)

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The striations (right word?) are created by rain and wind.

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And we are out of that "tunnel".
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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby aster » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:09 pm

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Honestly, Sury, the last shots are almost extra-terrestrial.
Enigmatic, ashy geological formations that would make any sci-fi movie much more interesting. Like looking at the surface of Mars or the the like. The tunnels do look discouraging.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:41 pm

Now that you mentioned Mars, here are the shots from the Valley of Mars. :) I think the locals misunderstood the word "Mars" as "marte" and also call it Death Valley or Valley of the dead. NASA test drove their Mars rover here, they said.

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I found this very interesting. Stumbled upon it in the Valley of Mars. Spiral pattern of parched earth.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby jbtaylor » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:51 am

Ever observant.
Thank you.
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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby aster » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:14 am

sury wrote:Now that you mentioned Mars, here are the shots from the Valley of Mars. :) I think the locals misunderstood the word "Mars" as "marte" and also call it Death Valley or Valley of the dead. NASA test drove their Mars rover here, they said.
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I found this very interesting. Stumbled upon it in the Valley of Mars. Spiral pattern of parched earth.




Mars detail is most interesting, Sury. It looks right to have tested the rover here indeed. Conditions look alike... :)
Maybe the spiral formed from an extra pool of water, who knows but love how it pops to our attention among other shapes.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby ValeryD » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:25 pm

Nice again! :)
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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:18 pm

Thank you Valery.
Yildiz, indeed. Everyone in our tour missed it. I was lucky to spot it and capture it.
When I chimped and showed to the tour guide, he went back to the spot and took
a picture on his cell phone. He was totally ecstatic. As it were, 30 minutes earlier
we were talking about Fibonacci numbers with the tour guide. :)

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby david antony » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:30 am

Really good shots sury, fascinating.

Thanks for sharing.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:49 pm

Thank you DA. It was a fascinating place indeed.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby UrsaMajor » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:49 am

sury wrote:30 minutes earlier we were talking about Fibonacci numbers with the tour guide. :)
Sury

My parents were dedicated travelers who visited out-of-the-way place all over the world.

One of their comments that the remark above brought to my mind was that they were continually being surprised by people they met. I think that a tour guide in this location who can discuss Fibonacci numbers would qualify as such an event.

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Re: San Pedro de Atacama

Unread postby sury » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:52 pm

Tom,
Indeed. One of the pleasures of such trips which seldom spoken about is the gamut of interesting people we come across.
I was wearing a t-shirt with Himalayan Hikers logo (our local hiking team shirt). There were this couple, who must be in their
late sixties and they excitedly asked me if I went to Himalayas. I sheepishly explained the story behind logo and found out that
few years ago they went to Mt. Everest Base Camp, scaled Annapurna in Himalayas, Kilimanjaro and couple of other mountains.
And that point I thought I was an intrepid traveler. Talk about eating humble pie. :oops: It turned out he was also in couple of wars and we drifted into talking about planes and airshows with a fellow swede who was in his early seventies but carrying two camera bodies sporting a WA and a zoom lens. Of course I regained a bit of my hubris when I flashed 70-400G. :D

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