So we went almost all the way back to Ovalle so we could check out the high desert on the road the guide book suggested for the adventurous, certainly a road only suitable for good drivers. We left one fertile river valley drove 42 odd kilometers and some three hours later we were in another fertile river valley. I wish I could tell you the elevation changes.
Looking back into the Elqui valley as we started across the mountains.
If you look really closely way in the distance you can see a red dirt road that’s where came from….pretty slick….
The Hertado river valley, really, really beautiful.
The short cut back towards La Serena, a lot flatter than the first desert crossing of the day but just as interesting.