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Sep 12, 2014 - Arica

All's good have worked out I have to spend 9 hours in a bus Tacna just over the border is booked out so AREQUIPA it is. Ross that runs the hostel was very helpful even down to not getting the bus from here but getting a taxi across the border because Peru buses are cheaper. Weather is still fine but not as hot as I had hoped but Peru may be warmer. BYE FRANK

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Sep 11, 2014 - ARICA

Nice day again never rains here, walked up headland here and found a statue of Christ like the one in Rio. Not as big maybe but it will do if they wont let me into Brazil. Some good news found out that I could apply for that travel document which I did not get when I landed in Chile. Got a duplicate so looks like I will be coming home after all.Cannot tell you where I am going next as I am having trouble booking in at Tacna where I wanted to go may have to suffer a nine hour bus ride to Arequipa will have to consult with the owner of this...

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Jul 22, 2014 - La Paz, Bolivia to Iquique, Chile

Friday 18th July 2014 La Paz, Bolivia to Iquique, Chile Up early to repack and weigh all of our luggage for the flight firstly down to Iquique in Chile then home next week. We are both choked up with colds and coughs and feel horrible. The altitude here in La Paz doesn't help either. Lots of people seem to be sick by the coughing and spluttering that you hear. We went down to breakfast and saw the awful news about the Malaysian Airlines plane being shot down by Russian separatists. We then packed up and went out to spend our last bit of...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Lauca National Park, Chile

Friday 4th July 2014 Day trip from Arica to Lauca National Park and Chungara Lake, Chile Today we woke up at 6:30am to go on our (spanish speaking) day trip to Lauca National Park and Chungara Lake which are quite close to the Bolivian border. We were too early for breakfast in the hostal so we took some bread rolls and vegemite to eat on the bus as well as a couple of yoghurts and bananas. Once we had picked up all the other people at their various hotels and houses, we set off from the town and drove east on the road into the mountains...

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Jul 3, 2014 - La Paz, Bolivia to Arica, Chile

Tuesday 1st July 2014 La Paz, Bolivia to Arica, Chile Up at about 6:45am today, then we went down to breakfast in the hotel and also took our excess luggage to the hotel storage area as we will be back in La Paz after our 12 day trip up from Santiago, Chile. After we finalised our packing, we caught a taxi around 9:00am from the hotel to El Alto Airport in La Paz, arriving there a bit before 10:00am. We then checked in and waited for our 12:40pm flight. It was about 45 minutes late leaving and by the time we reached Arica in the far north...

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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

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