Summary
Climate: We walked mainly between 4000 and 4500 meters altitude (13.000 to 14.700 ft). Consequently, the nights cold (-10 to -15°C, 14 to 5°F) and days to 15°C (59°F). The intense solar radiation, however, made it feel warmer. There was little wind and clouds only at the end of the afternoon.
Terrain: The terrain was generally flat, with occasionally a climb from 150 to 250 meters (490 - 820 ft). The vegetation consisted of grasses and cacti, and occasionally some trees. Sand made walking sometimes somewhat difficult.
Day to day: Per day we walked about 5 to 8 hours. The backpacks were transported by trucks and we hiked with day pack. Food was prepared by us in the group tent.
Local people: Is friendly. Especially on the highlands there are almost no tourists (we have not seen them at least), and the `locals ` were pleasantly surprised when a couple walking gringo`s walked into their little villages.
Tourists: We did not encounter tourist during our trek. On well known places like El Tatio and the Parinacota volcano we saw some day trippers, but they left after a few hours, leaving us alone in the landscape.
Remarks: Not a particularly difficult trek, although the high altitude is a thing to take into account.
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