Today, I had the most amazing travel day in South America. Oh wait, have I actually said that before? Like at the Mendoza Wine Festival? During my hike in Torres del Paine National Park? Or when dancing the Tango in Buenos Aires with my lovely man … ? 🙂
The Atacama desert in Chile is one of the driest places on Earth, and undeniably also one of the most attractive. Every second door in San Pedro de Atacama, its “tourism epicentre”, is actually a hostel, a tour company or a corner store catering to visitors. From serious trekkers as in “Atacama Crossing” to laid-back tour groups, the choice of options to explore the area is simply overwhelming.
Very lucky was I therefore to go by the recommendation of my two world travelling buddies Anne-Laure & Julien, who recommended me to explore the area of San Pedro de Atacama with Cosmo Andino. This tour company is different from its dozens of competitors in that it literally offers “quality time in the Atacama“, including better meals, better service, smaller tour groups and itineraries that avoid the mass tourism trails. Right up my alley – always avoiding the crowds as good as I can. Let’s go, then 🙂 !
Heading up high: Exploring the “Lagunas Altiplánicas”
From our beautiful morning seeing the flamingos and enjoying a lavish “brunch” breakfast outside the nature reserve (thank you, Carlos & David!), we then climbed more than a 1.000 metres up to the “Altiplano” highlands where underwater streams feed spectacular mountain lagoons. Out of this world! Make sure you come here one day – it’s really worth it.
On the website of Cosmo Andino, it reads: “Full day up in the Cordillera de los Andes – far from civilization, close to the heavens. We take you places not mentioned in the guide books: no other people out there, just you and us. Our special CosmoAndino treat!”
This is really true, as on our second stop during this trip, there is literally nobody but us (a tour group of 10 people).
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