Tuesday, September 27, 2016

International Programs Photo of the Week: Chile

From Midshipmen 2nd Class Miller Bethea, Tomas Aguilar and Rachel Labuda on a recent trip they took in Chile:

"The majority of the week was spent in San Pedro de Atacama, in the north of Chile. San Pedro is a small town located in one of the oases found in the Atacama region of Chile, famous for the Atacama Desert.

It is one of the driest places on Earth, and quite honestly one of the most impressive places we have ever traveled to. We had the opportunity to travel to geysers, to Valle de la Luna (Valley of the Moon), across salt ranges, to other small pueblos in the region, to hidden lakes, and to see flamingoes in their natural habitat.

It was not only an overall cheaper trip than our trip to Easter Island, but we also found it to be more fun and informational. It gave us the opportunity to meet people from all over the world: France, Brazil, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Germany, and Argentina. We heard more different languages being spoken in San Pedro at one time than we ever had heard before. And we had the opportunity to see one of Chile’s most famous regions, feel like we were walking on Mars, and learn about geology and history."

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