In San Pedro de Atacama · Nov 26, 09:02 AM

Halfway through the honeymoon and we are making it up as we go along. Came in on the overnight bus from Arica this morning. Have just had breakfast at the Café Étnico and I’m using their internet access while Susan looks for a place to stay the night. It beats dragging our luggage around.

The bus journey was quite an experience. Twice we were woken in the middle of the night in order to get out of the bus and have our bags inspected by customs.

{Note from Susan: the first stop, shortly outside Arica, was a “sanitary control”, checking for fresh fruit, veg & plants (or so they told me). The second was at the border of the 1ra Región, to check that travellers had the proper authorizations to be bringing goods out of the Duty-Free Zone. There must be a better way…}

We don’t feel we missed much by travelling at night: the landscape near the coast in northern Chile is almost all desert, one vast expanse of brown.

I wish I could do justice to our excursion to the altiplano around Putre. The contrast with the desert is extreme. At high altitude there is water and there is life. Hopefully the photos will turn out.

Right now I am looking forward to a room with a real bed and a shower. We have two nights here in San Pedro before we leave for Santiago and home.