This is part of a series of interviews with inspiring travelers. Today I’m interviewing Barbara about her Atacama Desert Tour in Chile. See more about traveling with tours here. All photos provided by Barbara.
Tell us about yourself and your travel experience.
I started traveling when I was 17 years old, when I left my country to work as a model. At the time I lived and worked in Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo, New York, Germany, Austria. Later, I set out on my solo adventure to discover the world. I travelled to explore Asia by myself two times and this year I also spent 7 weeks exploring South America alone. As of today, I have visited 68 countries. I particularly enjoy traveling around Europe.
Where did you go on your tour and how long was it?
I was in South-America in December and January. I travelled from the southern tip of Argentina and Chile up to the North to reach the Atacama Desert. I spent a few days in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile and it was the absolute highlight of the trip. I participated in 3 tours of Desert Adventures, a full day tour to the Red Rocks (Piedras Rojas) and two half day tours to the Tatio Geyser, which is the biggest geyser in the World and to the Moon Valley (Valle de la Luna) which is a giant sand dune.
What tour company did you use and why?
I used Desert Adventures. They are located in San Pedro de Atacama, on the corner of Caracoles and Tocopilla
Why did you choose a tour of the Atacama Desert instead of traveling independently?
You can’t really travel to these places independently and I believe I can see much more in a day by being part of a tour. Also, I can learn more about the history of the places from a guide.
What did you like about the Atacama Desert tour? What was your favorite part?
I enjoyed the tour to the Red Rocks the most. They took us to see some incredible sites. It started out by visiting three lagoons the Antiplanic Lagoons, Lagoon Miscanti and Lagoon Miniques. Then we continued onto the red rocks where the scenery was absolutely breath taking. The ground was covered with large red rocks, the mountains around us were colorful and the lagoon was white. Both the lagoons and the red rocks were stunning. They are great places for people who want to take beautiful pictures of nature.
What was the most memorable or eventful part of your trip?
I loved seeing the colors of the desert, the lagoons, the Red Rocks and the flamingos.
Was there anything you didn’t like about the tour?
The day overall was very memorable. At the end of the day, we visited a nearby village Toconao to see the local church that was built out of cactus tree and we saw some llamas. It was a nice way to end the day, but even without visiting the church, the day would have been very memorable, because of all the beautiful places we visited.
Did you eat anything amazing on your Atacama Desert tour?
We had lunch at a restaurant in a local village called Socaire. We ate a delicious local Chilean dish. I opted for the chicken in a curry sauce with rice. We also had a bowl of soup in the beginning of our meal. The restaurant had a very cozy atmosphere. We were feeling like we were sitting in somebody’s kitchen.
What inspired you to take this tour or travel to the Atacama Desert in Chile?
I had previously visited Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia and I heard of the Atacama Desert from other travellers. Deserts are my favourite things in the world. I had also visit Wadi Rum in Jordan and the Sahara in Morocco as well as the deserts of Utah and Arizona. I think deserts are incredibly fascinating and colourful. For this reason, I really wanted to see the Atacama Desert.
Would you recommend this tour? Would you change anything about it?
I would recommend the tour to everyone. It’s a wonderful experience to see all these colourful landscapes and natural formations.
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Do you think this Atacama Desert tour would be good for a new traveler? Why or why not?
Yes, it is a great tour for beginners. Chile is a fairly cheap and safe destination. The infrastructure for tourists is very developed. The tour guides are multi-lingual. I think it is a destination that most people will enjoy very much.
Author bio: I am Barbara, I am a London based luxury travel and lifestyle blogger of www.jet-settera.com. I have visited 68 countries I write about the hottest jet-set destinations such as St-Tropez, Monaco, Cannes Film Festival, Art Basel in Miami, Venice, Paris Fashion Week. South America is my favourite part of the World, therefore I wanted to write about the tours I took in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. You can follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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