Our first full day here has been incredible! The flight from Santiago to Calama is an easy 2 hour hop, from the airport it is about one hour to the quaint desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. We spent our first afternoon getting acquainted with the rustic luxury lodge, Awasi Atacama. Situated just off the main pedestrian street in town you have access to all the amenities but once inside the gates it feels as if you have been transported to the middle of nowhere. We slept like babies in our beautiful suite after an evening of wonderful food and conversation with our hosts for the next 4 days.
We woke up around 8am and had a wonderful breakfast with just about anything you could ask for and some things you probably didn't know existed (like lucuma- a Chilean fruit that tastes like dulce de leche!) Ricardo, our guide, picked us up around 10 am to head out to Puritama Springs. The springs are a series of geothermal pools located in a canyon at 11,000 ft. The water is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit which was perfect for the mild, overcast day we were having. The water is crystal clear and because of the slope of the canyon some of the pools have waterfalls. I could have spent all day there.