20090311 San Pedro de Atacma, Day 2


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After breakfast, before our planned hike, I wandered around the 'gardens' at Explora.



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Being a rather dry climate, 'garden' is used generously.



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The pool at Explora was lovely.



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We never went in it, lack of time, though.



View of the hot spring canyon. Dang, I should have done a few looking up and down. In defense, I've never gotten those to stitch together.



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The first stop on the hike, was a hot spring. Technically, not a hike yet, since we took a van here.



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It was still pretty, and wonderful water. Nestled in a canyon, fed by some magical, no doubt natural, process.



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92.3 degrees Fahrenheit!



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Jump in the water, man, you're looking cool!



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Back in the van, up to the real hike. We think it's the real hike anyway.



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Vicuņa, a relative of the llama.



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Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 500.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 500.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 500.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/6.4, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
Start of the hike, a lake -- at 16,000 feet in a desert.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
Shortly into the hike, casualties. Walking isn't easy with no air!



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Fake-model of very small plants. I think they look like trees.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/2500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Thierry and John relaxing on a rock.



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Thierry and John relaxing on a rock. No! Don't look at the camera!



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Grass (moss? lichen?) near the river.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 84.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
John explaining that we needed to be no taller than this to do the hike, and how close he came to not being able to go. I really like the depth of field and colors on this picture. endpicture .picture="IMG_1013.4.JPG" Patrick contemplates while Thierry wanders away.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



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Either very soft stone, or a very long time. There were several rocks like this.



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Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM EX at 161.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/5.7, ISO 100
Another mushroom rock. Quite amazing that it remains balanced.



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Wild horses?



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I waited a good five minutes for this guy to look at me. Before that I waited a good half hour for him to get to the top of the hill, which he didn't fully do.



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By now, we're all very tired, and tired of looking at rocks. Which didn't stop the rocks from being assembled into structures. On the right, part of an old road built by miners.



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A sign post.



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No, really, it's a sign post. There is a real Chilean name for it. Just a marker telling lost hikers (miners) the way to go.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/640 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Back the way we came. Note the sign post on top. Pretty, just a bit much for us.



Canon EOS 40D with Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 at 10.0 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100



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If you like harsh rocks, you'd love this hike.



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Another sign post. The white stuff by the river is salt, supposedly.



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This plant is high in energy, now on the protected list because people harvested it for heat. No clue what it's called, and Google is of no help.



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The good news is that we found the van. The bad news is that its on the wrong side of the river. But, have no fear, there is a bridge just up the path.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 100
The beginning of "just up the path". That's NOT Tocorpuri in the background, but the next hill west.



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 100
Sure was pretty, even with tired hikers.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L at 24.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100



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Someone was bored out here. Another sign post?



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 98.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/4.6, ISO 100
I really liked the contrast.



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Still NOT Tocorpuri. I definitely had a polarizer on the lens; the photo needs a little adjusting.



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Cascading water.



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Curvy river, smooth hills and a mountain in the background.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/400 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The van! The van! We've made it! 3.5 miles, at 14,000 feet! (I eventually located it on Google Earth; this particular spot is at 22 29'59.06S 68 03'33.34W.



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The van took a shortcut back. A Good Thing (tm) because we were VERY late getting back and out of radio communication. Explora had sent another van to look for us.



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Lone cacti on a cliff.



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I'm guessing this is Sairecabur, Licancabur and Juriques.



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 48.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 48.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 37.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 28.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 28.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 17.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



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Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM at 48.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/2.8, ISO 3200



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