Atacama Desert

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama (Chile) is the closest to Atacama Desert town, which you can reach by bus from the bigger town Calama. 

 

To stay there you don’t need any transport other than you feet. Usually it’s a reason for me to call the place village.

 

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Everything is in the main street. And there is a lot of everything – tourist agencies, shops and restaurants.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

I was there in the beginning of October, not the highest season, but village still was full of of tourists. There are crowds in the evenings, when everybody comes back from the desert. Nice crowds.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

There are bikes for rental and marked trails in the desert. With my navigation skills these marks were not enough to go by myself. Instead I spent a week in Atacama Desert with 4 Desert Race.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

The best hostel I spend a week after the Desert race was Corvatsch. I was lucky not only with price, but with roommates too.  Yang guys, a couple from Santiago.

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Lena Faber used to work as a journalist at a mainstream Russian newspaper, she wrote books for a major publishing house, and directed her original concept on Drive TV in Russia. In 2009, she moved to South Africa and taught at the University of SA, where she took up running competitively and won a silver medal at the World Masters Athletic Championship. She has also won an international photo contest and had a photo exhibition of her work. In 2014 she decided to try fast long-distance hiking and started with the Appalachian Trail where she earned a trail name "Brave" from other hikers. She has also cycled US Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, as well as other parts of the world. Still hiking and cycling somewhere.