5 days ago
Earth, moon, or Mars? 🌎🌖☄️ Back when I was traveling through this region, I’d been keeping a personal blog about what it was like living, teaching, and traveling in South America. Here’s an excerpt about this place:
I spent the day walking the town [San Pedro] and later visited the Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon): Millions of years ago, it was a giant inland sea. In colonial times, the Spanish discovered salt and attempted to mine it, but had little success trying to cart mules through the desert. Now, it’s a national park with some of the most beautiful desert panoramas I have ever seen. Volcanoes, sand dunes, geysers, salt flats, and strange rock formations carved by wind and time all collide in one place.
In many ways, it did feel like I was observing the scenery of another planet. When in Patagonia, marveling at the mountains and windy plains, I thought there was no other place on this continent that could impress me more with its natural beauty. But while watching the sunset in over the cragy rocks and sand dunes in this desert, I started to think about the equally incredible magnificence of both extremes. The more I see of Chile, the more in fall In love with it.