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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Chile, Pan de Azucar

We dropped off the truck in Antofagasta, got a little Citreon for the rest of the trip, and picked up our friend Erin. We hoped to camp just south of Antofagasta but found that Chile is only open for camping in Dec/Jan/Feb except for in the National Parks, so we went to Pan de Azucar earlier than planned. It's in the Atacama but gets a ton of fog, so there's lots of veg and lichen growing on veg. I walked around with a macro lens, Sara and Erin saw more country, and got better pics, I'll put some of theirs up at some point.

 the orange lichen on the spines was very cool

 We were up at el Mirador (the lookout or viewpoint in spanish) and it started out super foggy but cleared in a couple of hours.

 this island has penguins. i may or may not have seen some with my 560mm lens
 lots of deserted beach campgrounds with palapas
 there was a 'step' in the road so we couldn't go any further in our little car. nice walking, though. the road went to a fog collector.
shrine at a fish camp just south of the park

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