With motion sickness, elevation sickness, the flu and jetlag, I finally make it to my hotel in San Pedro de Atacama: Hotel Takha Takha.
The weather was pretty nice (mid 70’s) and as I walked up to the gate, they buzzed me in. This kind of threw up a red flag as to why they would need an extra level of security, but later I figured it’s so people who didn’t pay for lodging could not sneak in. At the check in counter, was a very warm and friendly girl who spoke English.
In front of her on the floor was this very large sleeping dog. There were a lot of street dogs in Chile. Barely being able to stand, I gave my passport and credit card for check in. Shortly after, they were returned to me and she gave me my key: Bungalow #22 (right by the pool).
As I entered the room, I noticed that the seal around the door wasn’t very tight. This only concerned me because I tend to get hit with bug bites.
The room had no TV, no Wi-Fi, no Air Conditioner, and no insulation. The insulation was very apparent because the room was much hotter than it was outside. I could also CLEARLY hear someone sneeze two bungalows over. Those were the bungalows with no connecting walls to me. It took me a while to realize this though. Pretty much the entire first day I didn’t leave my room and just watched TV shows on my computer with the volume blasting. When I CLEARLY heard the people in the room next to me talking softly, that confirmed my suspicions. I listened with earphones from then on.
I didn’t think the room was that nice until after walking around the hotel grounds (it’s also part camp site) and some of the surrounding areas. By comparison, I had a very nice room and it did make me feel a little better about it. It’s the most I’ve paid for a room ($75 USD) since I’m used to travel hacking I pay very little. But this place was out of travel hacking’s reach. The next day I was at about 80% health and still dreaded being on a tour all day. I stayed in sick again but researched tours that I wanted to from then on. I booked several tours for the rest of my stay. I pre-paid for them and was determined to go adventuring even if I had to load up on medicine.