Art of Getting Lost in Atacama

Atacama desert:

Salar Maricunga:

Laguna Santa Rosa:

Bahia Inglesa:

Now that you know what to see, eat, and do in the Copiapo town of Atacama, let me share brief notes on how we got there and where we stayed:

1. Rode an airport bus from Parajitos station in Santiago and then a LAN flight from Santiago to Copiapo on a Friday afternoon. The weekend had fantastic deals on flights and hotels in the north because the miners and mining executives leave town to be with their families.

2. Rented a truck as soon as we landed in Copiapo airport and drove for a half hour for oysters in Bahia Inglesa. It was a worthwhile detour.

3. Checked in to a room at the Antay Casino Hotel. Not ideal, but TL had a corporate rate. On the plus side, we saw many handsome Chilean actors in divine casino lighting.



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