We’ve covered a lot of ground at this point – from one side of the Atacama to the other. Today was sunny, salty, and hot. Roll those three things together, and you develop a real appreciation for your dependence on water. The air is very dry, and dehydration can be a problem even at relatively low elevation. We each need to drink liters of water every day to stay hydrated and healthy. Our water bottles may well be the most important piece of kit we carry here.
Putting down a few liters of water each day can be a bit of a task, though. For one thing, water doesn’t taste like much. People try all kinds of things to make it more palatable – tea bags, chia seeds, you name it. Mine tends to taste a little like sunscreen, but that’s unintentional.