La mano del desierto
This gigantic, eye-catching sculpture sits in the middle of the Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth. And even though I give this boulder-turned-art-piece a thumbs up, it stil doesn’t get the amount of high fives it deserves.
La Mano del Desierto can be found on the outskirts of Antofagasta, Chile.
Without much of a gameplan, my groovy, travel partner Haley and I, made our way to the bus station and asked which bus was heading south. No destination in particular, just south. As a bus loaded bags and passengers, I asked the driver, if for a dollar each, we could hitch a ride to “la mano”. He looked at us like the crazy gringas we were and agreed.
NEXT STOP: MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
Nothing around for miles, but a dry, beige, vastness that sees no end. Suddenly, the bus makes an unscheduled stop, passengers look around, and that was our cue to disembark. A few steps out and not a living thing in sight. Just a giant hand waving at us hello.
Silence and sunshine were our only companions as we trudged through the sand and kicked up the dust. Nothing like big, open spaces, and a giant hand sculpture to make you feel tiny.
After a couple minutes alone with the stone beauty, we were joined by a friendly motorcycle brigade. We entertained the idea of hitching a ride back into town with them, but they had no extra space or helmets. So they left, and we waited.
Time for the good ole thumbs-up on the side of the road… A short while and 10 honks later, a semi-truck driver named Josue pulled over and drove us into the center of Antofagasta! After giving our gracias’ and adios’, we wrapped up our daytime adventure with a well-deserved ice cream cone.
In the end, we pulled off getting “lost and found” to perfection!
Cheers to us, Haley!! 🙂