San Pedro de Atacama > Antofagasta, 480km > Caldera, 510km


Retraced our steps back to the main road then headed for the coast which was way more scenic than the main road.  We had a late start of 11:30 because our body clocks are still getting used to the 2 hour time difference.  It then took us 3/4hr to get petrol because of a queue, so didn’t stop for photos as we just needed to keep an open throttle to get to Antofagasta.  The road is good and fast, sweeping corners.  Got some head cam shots – back to haze so not too clear

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A number of seaside towns along the way

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Antofagasta > Caldera – 510km


Was another great ride today, the desert here is so colourful and interesting whereas further north it was flat and grey.

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 The first gas station was at 250km and that was the first building we came across it is very empty.

A sculpture with nothing around it for miles – Desert Hand

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The only way to tell this was a restaurant, was by all the trucks parked outside (not in shot)

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With Ecuador, Peru and Chile they each have their own different words for food, so ordering a meal is always a bit of a mystery.  We tend to stick with soup for lunch – think this was octopus soup, but not sure

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Had to wait for quite a while for these big guys to get to a place where they could pull off and we could pass – there were 3 of them

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The seaside town we stayed in, Caldera, is just delightful and very relaxed

Fishing boats

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Theatre sports on the beach

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Waiting for dinner

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  • Steve McDonough

    Just came across this fact “The driest place on Earth is Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, which has no recorded rainfall”. I continue to follow you from my armchair and am so taken and how you maintain such apositive attitude.

    January 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm
    • Janet & Charlie Russel

      Hey Steve
      Glad you are still in your armchair with us!!
      Thanks for the interesting fact re Calama – we hadn’t realised that, though could certainly believe it as it was soooo dry. Can you imagine living in a place that has no rain 🙁

      January 25, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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