Day 193 – Laguna Colorado, BO to San Pedro de Atacama, CL

Day 193 – Laguna Colorado, BO to San Pedro de Atacama, CL      03/02/11      Mileage: 90

It was a spectacular morning and the sun was warming the air fast. We broke camp after a good breakfast and headed south for Chile border.

Two vicuna’s roaming the Altiplano

Along the way we passed the hot springs near Laguna Chalviri…can’t pass that up! We parked the bikes, jumped into our swim trunks and found a great rustic natural pool for nice hot soak.

The cold air made it hard to get out of the water, but the road south to Chile beckons.

The high lakes of the Altiplano have of all things….lots of Flamingo’s….

Shortly after passing Laguna Verde, we came to the Bolivian border post. The official stamped us out but told us the aduana office was 20 kilometers back….crap! Luckily he was an agreeable (but grumpy) chap, and he agreed to take our import permits back to the aduana the next morning for us saving us the trip back.

That done, it was on to Chile…country number 15!

We were heading for San Pedro de Atacama where the Chile border post was located…some 40 minutes or so down pavement so smooth you could play pool on it. Megan seemed particularly thrilled at the sight of pavement…and it was nice change from mud and sand.

So after plunging 7,000 feet to the valley below, we arrived at the dusty town of San Pedro, smack in the middle of the Atacama desert…the driest on earth. The border formalities were straight forward and took about an hour…but they seemed particularly concerned about foreign fruit and vegetables. They didn’t ask about drugs, guns, alcohol or the dynamite I picked up in Potosi…but they rifled through all of our stuff in search any rogue lettuce or rhubarb…strange. Anyway, we found a room and promptly went in search of dinner and the requisite drinks to toast our successful crossing of the Bolivian Altiplano…a fitting way to end some memorable and epic riding.

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7 Responses to Day 193 – Laguna Colorado, BO to San Pedro de Atacama, CL

  1. Arlene says:

    DAD AND I ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU WERE RIDING WITH MARSHALL AND MEGAN. NO ONE SHOULD GO ACROSS THE DESERT ALONE. I BET IT CAN BE DAYS BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE GOES BY EXCEPT THE GUY WHO WORKS AT THE BORDER.
    THE PHOTOS WERE JUST BEYOND WORDS. THE EXPERIENCES HAVE BEEN UNBELIEVABLE. THE HOT SPRINGS MUST OF FELT REALLY GOOD AND NICE TO GET WASHED OFF BEFORE THE REST OF THE TRIP.
    WONDER WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE RHUBARB AND LETTUCE……..SOMEONE MUST OF GOTTEN SICK ON IT. i KNOW……ONLY I WOULD THINK OF THAT.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND BE SAFE AND WELL.
    SPOKE TO BETH AND CARLA LAST NIGHT AND WE ALL AGREE THAT THE PICTURES ARE JUST TOO MUCH………..JUST GREAT!!!!! AND AMAZING!!!!!
    LOVE YA, MOM

  2. paul says:

    lenny, watching closely, like the shots of current road conditions so i know what i’m heading into as i ride north!!! be safe out there and hope to meet you in ushuaia in 10-14 days

  3. carla friedman says:

    Love the warm soaking pool. Looks great and is your hair getting grey or is that dust? You don’t have to answer. Congratulations on a great trip and new country.

    • Lenny says:

      Grey…yikes! I take solace in the notion that you’re only as old as you feel, and I feel like I’m 25…and probably act like it too! Lol 🙂

  4. Bine says:

    hiiiiii Len, this trip seems to be getting better and better…..hehehehe…..Atacama desert down to Patagonia the world just get more and more beautiful. After following your blog, I am know getting itchy of buying a motorbike….
    see you somewhere down there…
    xoxo Bine

    • Lenny says:

      Hi Bine! I can’t wait to see you guys! I’m figuring it will be at least another month before I get up to Brazil….though I’m not sure of my route north yet. I’ll email you and John so we can figure something out…

      SEE you soon!

      -Lenny

  5. Lynn Hilliard says:

    Absolutely astounding to see these pictures and the wildlife. I’m with you…flamingos???

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