We thought we would stay there a few days, but the extended weather forecast called for wind and snow.
Even though the locals didn't believe it, we left the next day and went west toward the Panamericana along an ever descending road to a town called Maria Elena. Just outside San Pedro, we passed Valle de la Luna, which features rock formations similar to those found in the US state of Utah.
|Above 13.000 ft/über 4000 m/Mas alto de 4.000 metros|
|On the way to/Hinunter nach/Hacia San Pedro de Atacama|
|Salar de Atacama|
We dropped the camper and visited the small towns of La Tirana, La Huayca, Matilla, and Pica. These are the kind of places and the kind of country we like, and Matilla especially is marked in our memory as a place to return to in the future and take a closer look.
|Descending through the mountains/Abwärts durch die Berge/Bajando entre las montañas|
But we had a great time with our host Olga and her simple and beautiful little farm complete with old grapevines and fruit trees. We bought some bottles of her excellent home-made Pintatani wine -- google this one!
It was a befitting end to our wonderful journey through Chile. Some day we will return to this country!