Annoyances of San Pedro de Atacama
I only have three serious gripes with this small, mostly charming little town in the middle of Chile's northern Atacama desert, and they are the following:
- The Internet is really, really slow here — slower than anywhere in Bolivia (and that's saying something)
- The prices are ridiculously high, even for Chile (e.g. some places are charging as much as USD$10 per person for dinner — waaay more than what I've gotten used to lately)
- Despite being significantly lower down than the Bolivian altiplano (a mere 2400m asl), it's still freezing cold here at night
Other than that, San Pedro really is quite a beautiful place. It really is a tiny town: not much here, except for a gaggle of tourists, and the various businesses that serve us (e.g. hostels, tour agencies, restaurants, bus stations). But it's very clean, very laid-back, and very quaint. Also has quite a strong "frontier" feel to it; and rightly so, since it is the main tourist gateway from Chile to Bolivia, and vice versa.