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Feb 20, 2018 - Arica Chile

Our stop today is in the port of Arica, Chile, our final stop in Chile. The weather is absolutely perfect and it’s about time. When it was too cold to use the hot tub, I didn’t want to. Now that the weather is warming up, the hot tubs are off limits because of the stomach bug still going around. Arica is an extremely busy port for being as small as it is. We had a very nice “walkabout” in town and got to visit some more street markets. I made note of, but passed by, a McDonalds in one neighborhood. The government furnishes free Wi-Fi in all...

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Dec 5, 2017 - Arica, Chile

Quite a day! We almost missed the tour. We didn't hear the first announcement that we could leave the ship. Then they stopped people from exiting so they could put down the big gangplank. When we finally got off with another tour participant everyone was gone. However there was a sign that looked like a Phyllis sign (she was the tour organizer) so we all approached the man. We said "Phyllis". He said "Si si. Follow me." and he started running. Almost reluctantly we followed. He shoved us into a car, another guy got in and off we went. We...

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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 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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trippin out

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

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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