April 16-19 was an excursion to the Atacama Desert with my study abroad program, CIEE. I'm not used to doing so many touristy things in a short period of time, so it was definitely a change in pace, but I'm glad I went. The energy of a desert is different from anything I've ever felt before. We flew to Calama from Santiago, and then bussed to San Pedro de Atacama - a route that showed a combination of desolation and beauty.
"We don't have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did I could say that's what I want in life" - Marina Keegan
San Pedro de Atacama (elevation 2,438m) is located in Northern Chile, a region with high quantities of copper and quartz. It is the top tourist destination in the region, 106km southeast of Calama, and is used as a hub to reach destinations such as Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley), Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley), y los Geysers del Tatio (Tatio Geysers).
Sources: Lonely Planet, Wiki Travel