Ambling Around the Atacama and the Altiplano
Adventures in the Andes
by Dennis Slifer
About the Book
This travel journal chronicles the exploits of three adventurous retirees as they explore northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, the high altiplano of southwest Bolivia, and Easter Island. These Tres Jubilados—a geologist, an archeologist, and a mathematician—make a month-long circuit through the Andean region focusing on local cultures and scenic highlights; climbing high volcanoes; seeking out prehistoric rock art and desert geoglyphs; studying ancient ruins and 7,000-year-old mummies; soaking in hot springs; and admiring geysers, wildly colored volcanic lakes and exotic wildlife.
This wry travelogue portrays the highs and lows of winging it through South America’s two national extremes. Moving between the prosperous and advanced society of Chile and the poor, backward country of Bolivia is likened to time travel, and depicted through a collection of remarkable images and amusing anecdotes.
Richly illustrated with more than 150 stunning photographs, this book is a feast for the eyes as it documents authentic experiences in the Atacama—driest desert in the world; the awesome scenery and colorful native cultures of the 15,000-foot-high altiplano region, including Bolivia’s highest mountain—Nevada Sajama at 21,457 feet; and the enigmatic archeological marvels of tropical Easter Island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is hard to conceive of cramming more scenic and cultural diversity into a single odyssey. There is something here for everyone, experienced world travelers as well as the armchair variety.
Dennis Slifer is a writer and photographer with wide-ranging interests. He is the author of eight books about prehistoric rock art in the Southwest, as well as The Caves of Maryland and various environmental reports and magazine articles. In 2007 he retired as an environmental scientist in New Mexico and moved to rural Virginia where he divides his time between writing, homesteading, and traveling. He has produced a memoir plus twelve other books with Blurb since 2011: - Be Careful What You Wish For: The Saga of Sow’s Ear Farm - Ambling Around the Atacama and the Altiplano - Sol y Sombra: Meeting the Shadow - Art on the Rocks: The Best of the Quest - My People Collection - Quay's Tale: A Memoir of Monkey Boy - Critters: A Tribute to Compassion - Sideway Cider Squeezin" - Marking Change: Post-contact Rock Art in the Southwest - Curios: Collecting Eclectic - THIS IS IT!: Strange Signs, Social Oddities, and Antidotes to Boredom - Elder Trucks: America's Love of Old Trucks