Atacama Desert

We visited the Atacama Desert during our 8-week tour of South America in August 2007.

The Atacama is the driest desert in the world.
It only rained here once in 2006.

Moon Valley ... resembles moonscapes

Tatio Geysers

We got up at 3.45am for the 2 hour 4WD trip to see these geysers.
 The rising steam is best seen in the cold air at dawn.
It was very, very, cold (-8 deg C).
The coldest that we have ever been!!

We were able to have a dip in a warm spring ...

Our son Ben, and his girl-friend (now his wife) Crystal, met us and the four of us toured together for two weeks in Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

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