We have to post about Paso de Jama, our ride over the towering mountains to Atacama and then back again separately from the Atacama adventure, because the crossing was crazy and unforgettable and we have tons of pictures!
Paso de Jama is a montain pass through the Andes between Chile and Argentina; the beginning and end are both already at 2.500m/8,000ft, but in between, the road rizes up to crazy elevations: the border itself is at 4.200m/13,800ft, and on the Chilean side, the elevation reaches 4.810m/15,800ft.
Then we reached our first saltflats, and then spent the night at the only settlement, the dusty little adobe town of Susques, situated at the elevation of almost 4km/13,000ft.
After that, the landscape is mindblowing! Vulcanoes (some smoking, some snowcapped), flamingoes and llamas and foxes, green lagunas under red sandy mountains, Mars-like rocky mountain peaks, and endless views...it is an epic desert on top of the world! Still, we were more than happy when we descended into San Pedro de Atacama (you do go down 2km in 20 minutes) and joined the civilization at a cozy French bakery with good coffee. :)
Well, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, it's been amazing, but it's time for us to finally go to South America - Bolivia is next!
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At the @foodhallen in Amsterdam. It’s an indoor food court with an outdoor vibe. There is food ranging from Indian to Vietnamese to Dutch to Sushi. Very relaxed vibe, the alcohol is flowing and it’s nice and toasty compared to the bitter cold outside