DAY 700 - BACK ON THE PUNA

A cold night at Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) at 3900m, where I set camp.

A cold night at Piedras Rojas (Red Stones) at 3900m, where I set camp.

 

Day 700 - Piedras Rojas, Chile - 15192 km

The Atacama is the driest desert in the world so there are not many roads. From San Pedro de Atacama, there are basically two options to go south. Down the coast through Chile, or via the puna into Argentina. Landscape-wise the latter promises to be more interesting so that’s where I’m heading.

After 3 days climbing up back to 4700m on perfectly paved roads i hit the sand again in Argentina. Camping becomes less attractive because it’s getting increasingly colder at these altitudes, and the further south I go the more winter it becomes. At the border office a police men offer me a room for free at the compound. There is so little traffic coming through that they don’t have much to do, while I my passport got stamped he was watching Youtube videos behind another desk. They’re happy to help a cyclist out, and I’m happy I don’t have to camp. There’s another cyclist already in the complex. He’s from Buenos Aires and cooks his spaghetti, tomorrow he’s heading in opposite direction. There’s even wifi, heating and warm water. A comfortable night in a remote place.

 
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Laguna Tuyajtu

Laguna Tuyajtu

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Watch the dot at the middle bottom for perspective.

Watch the dot at the middle bottom for perspective.