After getting cold in Patagonia, we were back in shorts and flip flops in the Atacama Desert during our stay in San Pedro de Atacama. We felt right at home visiting the surrounding red-rock landscapes that felt a lot like Utah. A tour to Valle de la Luna and mountain biking in nearby canyons, plus lots of relaxing and cooking with some new Italian friends at our hostel. Then it was time to say farewell to Chile and head for Bolivia!

Our neighborhood in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Our neighborhood in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Local coffee shop in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Local coffee shop in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Bolivia's Death Valley outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Death Valley outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Exploring salt caves near Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Exploring salt caves near Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Exploring salt caves near Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Exploring salt caves near Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A viewpoint overlooking Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A viewpoint overlooking Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Looking back toward San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. We would eventually drive around the back of the distant volcano on our way to Bolivia.

Looking back toward San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. We would eventually drive around the back of the distant volcano on our way to Bolivia.

Sunset overlooking Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Sunset overlooking Valle de la Luna outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Cooking in our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Cooking in our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Siesta in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. So many sleeping dogs in town.

Siesta in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. So many sleeping dogs in town.

A siesta of our own at our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A siesta of our own at our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

We made a friend while out riding mountain bikes outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

We made a friend while riding mountain bikes outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

We made a friend while out riding mountain bikes outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

We made a friend while riding mountain bikes outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A beautiful old church we found while exploring outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Mountain biking outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Mountain biking outside San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Another sleeping dog in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Another sleeping dog in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A cooking lesson from our Italian friends at our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

A cooking lesson from our Italian friends at our hostel in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

The cemetery in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Sunrise on the morning of our departure from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Sunrise on the morning of our departure from San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Our friendly hostel dog wakes up to see us off as we depart San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This poor guy must have suffered a broken front foot that badly healed. When he walked it looked as if he was trying to shake off a sock with each step.

Our friendly hostel dog wakes up to see us off as we depart San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. This poor guy must have suffered a broken front foot that badly healed. When he walked it looked as if he was trying to shake off a sock with each step.

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