Today was a BIG day here in the "driest" desert in the world! Last night was actually capped off with RAIN here in the driest desert in the world. To be honest, we are not that impressed with the dryness. I´ve seen drier.
Last night was CLOSELY followed by this morning which started with a 3:15 am wake up call. That´s not "Chile" time where an hour is actually 4 hours or anything, Jessica actually made us drag our asses out of bed at 3:15 am. We did this to hit the Tatio Geysers in the best viewing time of between 6 and 7 am.
Our helpful tour booking agent informed us that these are HOT geysers that include a hot springs for bathing so we should make sure to bring our swim suits. Dan, Jess and I diligently dressed in flip flops, bathing suits and long sleeve t-shirts and our light jackets (in case it was cold). One point of interest was the native´s choice of clothing. While we chose "beach wear", they seemed to prefer parkas, long pants, scarves and hats. Apparently, when you are 5200 meters above sea level, in the desert, before the sun rises, 0 celcius is a pretty average temperature. We continually asked if we were in the right place for the beach volleyball tournament, but no one knew what we were talking about.
The geysers were hot, both literally and figuratively. We DID get in a swim after the sun came up! Our trip was capped by seeing some real live mountain llamas! Our guide then took us to a tiny local town where they were selling real dead llama-kebabs. He seemed to think it was hilarious to point towards the llamas and say "before" then point to the grill and say "after". If you are wondering how llama-kebabs taste, they are delicious.
Also: we went to the moon valley. We´re on a dial-up connection so more details and photos will follow! Tomorrow, we are heading to BOLIVIA, then a bus to Bahia Inglesa on Wednesday! I suspect they´ll have better Internet there.