Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

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Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:45 pm

After a night disturbed somewhat by the altitude, we set out early for what promised to be another busy and pretty long day. It split into two parts; in the morning we visited three cactus locations in the vicinity of San Pedro. We returned to San Pedro for lunch and then set off across the Andes back into Argentina via the Paso Jama. That meant even higher altitudes and some more volcanoes, lakes and flamingoes. Fortunately this time it's good metalled road all the way. Anyway back to the morning. Our first stop was at the Quebrada Purita which is well above San Pedro in the surrounding hills. The view is spectacular.


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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:48 pm

Oreocereus leuchotrichus was our target plant here and we found some nice clumps.Unfortunately the picture compression needed to get the file size under 100KB doesn't really do it justice.

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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:50 pm

This was our first Oreocereus of the trip.Some plants were in bud and in flower. This is what the bud looks like.

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Re: Argentina & Chile --- November 2008--- San Pedro de Atacama to Susques (Argentina) --- 320km

Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:52 pm

And this is the flower as open as it ever gets.
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Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:55 pm

Another view of a clump.
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Post by David_L » Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:57 pm

Opuntia camachoi was also represented here by some substantial plants.


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Post by Mike P » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:34 pm

Another general shot. Very stoney hillsides and little vegetation other than some dead looking scrub and the cacti.
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Post by Mike P » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:35 pm

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And again.
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Post by Mike P » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:36 pm

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And lying on the stoney ground.....
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Post by Mike P » Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:38 pm

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And a flower on an Opuntia camachoi. More Opuntia flowers at the next stop......
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