Camping at the Termas Polloquere, Chile

Sunrise over the Termas Polloquere (free hot springs!) in northern Chile. The sulphuric steam was a little smelly but all in all it made a pretty good bath. I usually don’t take baths twice a day, for obvious reasons.. I’m not sure if freecamping was actually allowed, but nobody really seems to care about what you do here, which is always awesome. The water temperature was something between bearable and skin scalding hot and I managed to make noodles in the evening and coffee in the morning au-bain-marie style by putting my improvised cooking gear in the hot water. I was really really proud of the noodles! I’ve seen ducks and flamingos land in the hot part of the springs and regret that decision instantaneously by flying off directly.
By now I’ve moved on towards San Pedro de Atacama to the driest desert on Earth, where they also have a bunch of European observatories to look at the milky way and extraterrestrial life (presumably). I have no clue if it’s possible to get in as a non-scientist. San Pedro seems to be quite the gringo-hub, which means WiFi! Which means more updates!

 

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