Today is special as I’m hosting my first ever guest post! I was so touched when I got an email from Marcella of WhatAWonderfulWorld saying she liked my blog and would love to collaborate. Her and Clem, the two girls behind the blog, have lived in Chile and while Clem is down there right now, Marcella will be joining soon. It’s always amazing to hear from people who know about the culture that is so close to my heart! Their writing and their photography are amazing. You should definitely check their blog! One of my favourite post is one of their first ones about their favourite travel photos, absolutely breathtaking!
Today Marcella is telling us about her trip to San Pedro de Atacama, which I am so jealous of as I have always dreamed of heading north into the desert. Now, over to you, Marcella.
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I still remember sitting open mouthed as the bus arrived to the desert of San Pedro de Atacama in the north of Chile; the driest desert in the world. It was unlike any landscape I’d ever seen before and it was stunningly beautiful, I couldn’t stop staring. The bright blue sky scattered with sparse clouds contrasted against the flat, rocky land which seemed to go on almost as far as the eye could see. I say almost because in the very far distance the snow capped mountains rose above the sand. I’d been travelling around South America for over three months by this point and this was unlike anything I’d seen before.
Once we arrived and checked into a hostel we dumped our bags and wandered around the small town to see what we could do. We hired bikes and set off with a very limited map with the aim of finding Valle de la luna (Moon valley). The land was flat but in the distance were the towering, orange coloured rocks we were heading for.
We of course got lost, which is something that I did most days while travelling, and cycled straight past the turning but it didn’t matter at all as it was just so incredibly beautiful and was such a treat to the eyes.
As we cycled further and further we were greeted with the view of golden hills of sand and spectacular views behind us; dry, pink land, more mountains and the odd tree.
After stopping a few cars to ask for directions we then cycled back to the turning that we’d missed. We were then greeted by this beautiful view of horse riders running through the sand while it blew around to create a mist. This is one of my favourite travel photos from my five month trip.
We carried on further and found that we had the place to ourselves! Imagine it! There were beautiful footprints from visitors who’d arrived earlier in the day but for now, we had the desert to ourselves. My travel companion sand surfed down the towering hills; you can hire a sand board from the town too. While I read my book and just stared and stared at the dramatic landscapes that surrounded me. Then it was time to wander around the sand taking in all that we could see. Simply stunning.
The sun began to set and the sun quickly disappeared behind the rocks are we slowly cycled back to the town. Landscape that took my breath away!