Car Hire (Europcar)
Sights and Getting Around
The staff at Europcar gave us an incredibly useful free map which made driving to each place super easy. We were all ready to screen-grab google maps on our phones; but no need, the road map had all the destinations, KM markers, highway numbers etc. The roads were really well constructed and easily sign posted. It was one of the easiest drives imaginable as, the Atacama is made up of these wild landscapes dotted with seemingly endless straight roads; perfect!
It's worth noting that all of these sights were spectacular in their own way, but what was TRULY special was that we timed our arrival either before or after all the numerous tour companies were there. In almost all cases we had the scenery totally to ourselves. In particular, since NO tours visit the Altiplano lakes at dawn, we decided to make them our first stop. We set off at 5am from our hotel and got the privilege of seeing the sun rise over the mighty mountains and lakes with nobody around. We were the only humans for miles around an it was the single most memorable and romantic scene of our lives so far.
Various costs incurred
Of course, since everybody has a different budget and different standards, there are MANY options for eating/drinking in and around San Pedro De Atacama. As a general rule, the town is set up for tour groups and eating out proved far too costly for us. As a result, we bought supplies and cooked at our hotel; this was the best way to stay on budget and also, eat our own meals under the magnificent Atacama Desert sky. Cheap AND stunning win win.
General hints and tips
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