Dinner in the desert. No one around, just some animals keeping you company. In the background majestic mountains glintering in the dying sunlight. Can it get more romantic?
There is a place where you can do exactly this. And Thalía from Atacama Wild is organizing it.
Thalía was our guide, when we were travelling in Atacama Desert in 2014. She and her husband are scientists and extremely knowledgable in flora, fauna, environmental questions and culture. I really recommend her with all my heart, as she and Olivia (who drove us) made it an experience for us.
Let me tell a bit more about those 5 days.
The girls picked us up at the airport - after we finally found each other (us inside, them outside the building) and relocated the car ;-) They gave us some bottles of water first thing and asked, what we would like to see and do. The tours were pre-booked - the standard tourist tours, that you can get via a travel agency. We talked a bit and told Thalía, that we hate being with a thousand other tourists and that we do photography. And that the thousand other tourists wouldn't look good on the pictures either. She asked, if we should adapt the tours a bit and came up with fantastic ideas. So instead of being at the tourist spots she took us from one sunset to another, went on "animal hunt" with us and arranged e.g. a swim in the hot springs of Puritama or a walk with a indigenous lady and her lamas. And if we wanted to go to a tourist spot, she chose a time when we still were alone. The 2 girls surprised us with some food each day - from breakfast with hot toast in the middle of nowhere to picnics at sunset including pisco sour from a thermos. And after the tours were officially over they took us to a "last sunset" in their free time - to say good-bye.
Dinner in the Desert...
Thalía told us about her new project "Dinner in the Desert" and we would have loved to try it. Unfortunately there was not enough time to prepare things, so this is still on our list and we promised to come back.
All pictures of this article (c) by Thalía Möder, Atacama Wild