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Jan 20, 2014 - Lima and Machu Picchu, Peru, and Arica, Chile

Wednesday 15-17 January Days 15-17 Callao, Peru. John leaves for Machu Picchu We didn't dock in Callao, the Port for Lima in Peru until half nine and John was leaving for his expedition to Machu Picchu at half ten. We were up early because John had to pack an overnight bag and we both wanted some exercise before he went. I had my swim and he walked around the deck a few times. I was so sorry to see him go but I'm sure I'll get some great descriptions from him when he gets back. And again he's promised to take lots of photos. I had a...

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Jun 12, 2013 - arikaka

Wed hoped the beach in arica might be a bit note what we were lookin for, but sadly no. Iquique was better. Our wee hostel dude was very nice and helpful but I wanted to kill most of the noisy inconsiderate other hostel stayers. We thought about station another night for some beach time but the wind was pretty chilly, then we saw the beach (dump) and town centre (dump) so we managed to score a nice feed, good juice (bilz) and some yummy buns then buggered right off back across the border to Peru the next day.

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Jun 10, 2013 - playa-n about in iquique

So we arrived here late on on the 8th....didn't like first hotel so as explained with the help of Chilean polis we got sorted with somewhere heaps better. Iquique is a strange mix, part easterhouse part Brighton. And Chilean Spanish is impossible to follow, although I didn't feel quite as bad about that when Peruvians told me they found it really hard to understand too. The beaches wed longed for are a bit of a dispointment...although again, I've been on the best beaches in the world (Scotland, Bahamas, nz and some of the Aussie ones - NOT...

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Jun 9, 2013 - pisco'd up in chile

Were wasted on pisco sours for me and a well dodgy mojito plus some beers for Lou and after possibly the worst teriyaki chicken I ever had but the guys running the place are gay and are playin the best music ever we are officially wankered woohoo! Una yapa por favor! PS today we were fucked with no money and the stupid cash machine wouldnt work so I totally smiled at and flirted with a polis til they gave us a lift to a decent hostel.... Chilean polis rule! Wed have been shafted without them, wish I'd got a pic!

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Jan 21, 2013 - Arica, Chile - the Atacama Desert

What is the driest place on earth? Not the Sahara Desert, nor Death Valley, nor any other that comes immediately to mind. The driest place on earth is the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes. Sound far-fetched? Well, we discovered that this is one of the few places on earth where it essentially does not rain. They get about 3 mm annually. Three millimeters is less than half an inch. The rain falls in the mountains inland. If it is cold enough in the heights, it becomes snow, if not, if just runs off to the rills and valleys at high...

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Nov 11, 2012 - Not a 'rest' day in Arica

Sunday 11th was a rest day and we had planned to look around Arica and relax by the pool. As it was, I found play in both front wheels when swapping my wheels around (which I do every 2,500 miles to use all five evenly.) Diagnosis of the problem showed that the right hand wheel bearing needed tightening and on the LH side, there was play in the king pin. Unfortunately the latter was on theh lower bearing which does not have an adjuster and needed to be stripped down and new shims fitted. Thank goodness Tim had told me how to do it and I had...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Nov 10, 2012 - Crossing to Chile and the Pacific coast

An easy drive out of Oruro and back towards la Paz to pick up the road over the mountains to Chile was mared only by a long and tedious stop to get petrol - nearly one hour of queue! Once on the road west we were soone greeted by views of distant snow-capped volcanoes. We drove ever closer until passing right round the foot of the first one. Stunning! Even better there was a lake with flamingoes just on the other side and a few grazing vicunas to complete the perfect Bolivian parting photo. The actual border was at the top of a mountain...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 14, 2012 - Von Corocoro nach Uyuni Teil 1: Corocoro - Thermas de Churiquaya (nahe Lago Chungara)

Am Morgen des 1.Oktobers ging's endlich los nach so langer Zeit in La Paz (knapp 2 Monate!). Marc begleitete mich noch zur Plaza Santa Isabel Catolica, etwas südlich vom Casa de Ciclistas gelegen, wo man mein Fahrrad und das Gepäck auf den Minibus lud. Für die Verabschiedung blieb nicht viel Zeit und bereits fuhr der Bus in Richtung Flughafen (El Alto). Dort belud ich mein Fahrrad und fuhr in geschätzte Richtung, von wo aus die Busse nach Corocoro starten. Zusätzliche ca. 10 L Wasser für die nächsten 2/3 Tage kaufte ich auch noch. Ich hätte...

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Sep 18, 2012 - Border crossing

I am finally getting caught up with my journals as we have had a chance to rest for a day or two and arriving in Tacna, Peru at dark was very interesting and we had no idea where we were. We waited for the sun to come up before heading out to find out where we needed to go for the border crossing into Chile. We dodged a barrage of taxi drivers offering to take us to get away from the bus terminal where we found a taxi driver willing to take us to the international bus terminal for half of what the other drivers offered to take us for. Once...

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Feb 23, 2011 - Arica

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 We left the ship at 8:30 am with trained dogs alerting their handlers if anyone was taking any food or fresh fruit off the ship. That was a first. But luggage was searched in other ports and some people were severely reprimanded if food was found in their bags. One of our group received a citation. Joaquin was our guide today as he introduced us to Arica, the driest city on earth: 0.4 mm or rainfall per year, if they are lucky. National Geographic did a program on this city. Despite this lack of rainfall it is...

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Jul 22, 2010 - Iquique

Even here, at Iquique which is a big port town, we see many casinos. Haven't commented on this but it seems from MX, El Salvador, Panama, Equidor, Peru, and now Chile this is quite big business. Also, now in bus terminals, we are having to pay a bus terminal tax of all things. Usually only 25Ç US or so but mainly just a hassle. Cloudy day, we catch the 10:30 am bus - Chile is noticeably diff from Peru in that bldgs are more apt to be painted (Peru they just leave bricks/concrete block gray, drab - if they paint at all just the front)....

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Jul 21, 2010 - Arica, Chile

Up at 5...cold. Bus lv at 720 to Tacna (border town)...countryside is determined by water, enuf or lack of. Agric fields of onions, alphalpha, small plots in desert w/ cassarina surrounding them. Most little plantings of bushes, trees surrounding new plots are watered w/ buckets, not irrig. Large plots have overhead sprinklers so must be more wealthy individuals owning these...citrus orchards as well as alphalpha fields to feed cows. Fifty km out from Arequipa we are in desert...flat, reddish tan sand with fine white blown sand all about....

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