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Jan 17, 2008 - Arica. Chile

1/17 - 1/18 After a day at sea we arrived at our first port in Chile - Arica. Chile is an interesting country. It is, on average, about 120 miles wide and about 2,700 miles long. Arica is located in the Atacama Desert. This coastal desert covers almost 2/3s of Chile and is located in the northern section of the country. It is the world's driest desert. Once it went through a period of 14 years without any rain. We took an excellent tour (provided by the ship). A bus trip of about 2 hours brought us to the small town called Codpa...

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Oct 27, 2007 - arica, chile

bus from arequipa to tacna was one of the most basic yet (apart from bolivia of course!) didnt even have a toilet. after about half an hour a blind lady got up into the aisle and started to sing and asking for money. a while later a little boy did the same, he was also selling sweets. at first the tv was showing roadrunner cartoons but then it changed to some awful programme where locals were trying to be matadours and driving the bulls crazy in front of a huge audience. most of the people were getting badly hurt by the bulls but the rest...

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Leahs Lallygag

Oct 18, 2007 - arica, chile

arrived in arica around 2300. we rang the hostel from the station to check how far away they were, luckily it was only a 5min trip. got a taxi outside, we told him it was 5mins away but he seemed doubtful. after 5mins in the taxi he stopped on the wrong street and told us to get out. there was another car parked ahead and a man got out and offered us accommodation. we refused and made the driver get our luggage out of the boot and didnt pay anything so he just drove off. there was a girl standing at the entrance of that hostel so we asked...

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Leahs Lallygag

Jun 17, 2007 - Arica

Sunday 17th June Got the evening bus to Arica with Anita (after she had a lie down because the paragliding gave her airsickness!). Amazing moonlit views on the way. The hostel we had been recommended was pretty wierd. A funny concrete block in the middle of a dusty housing estate in the middle of nowhere. The welcome party also made me feel abit like we were being welcomed into a German cult....oh well sleep required and all will seem well in the morning. Monday 18th June Being woken at 7.30am by the local primary school's loud speaker...

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Mar 3, 2007 - Arica

This little desert town is a wee bit further north that Iquique nearing the border with Peru. Its actually a bit of a disputed territory. Just to prove that Bush isn't the only dodgy bugger around, how's this for a bit of cheek. Bolivia (which used to have a coastline) invited Chilean companies into this area to assist with the mining of minerals. After a while, Bolivia decided that these companies, like all others, should be taxed on the money they were making. Never mind a hostile takeover ala Robert Maxwell; in this case, the Chilean...

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Fuzz & Phil Run Away

Feb 25, 2007 - Chile - Arica - City of Eternal Spring

Leaving Argentina and my friend Aira and Olaf behind, I returned to Arica in northern Chile. Why would I do that? Because I had bagged another housesitting gig!! You see, when I had been in Arica a few weeks before, on my way down to Santiago, I had mentioned to the owner of the hostel where I was staying that I needed a place to shack up for a while to finish working on my book. He connected me with a friend of his, an American who owns a house in Arica, who was looking for a housesitter because he had to return to the US for work. Seemed...

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May 12, 2006 - Arica

Après une bonne grasse matinée, nous prenons un taxi collectivo, une vieille chevrolet avec 3 places à l'avant, et nous traversons le désert et les frontières jusqu'à Arica. Nous avons toute l'apres midi avant de repartir vers San Pedro, et dédcidons une sieste sur la plage, avant un dernier ceviche au marché (pas mal, mais pas aussi bien que le péruvien...). Le retour au Chili se fait bien sentir: tout est un peu américain, du Mac Donald aux larges allées pour les voiturees et aux bordures tondues... En fin d'après midi nous passons un peu...

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Apr 19, 2006 - Arica, Chile

The trip between Arequipa, Peru and Arica, Chile was beautiful. I don't know if I have ever taken so much pleasure in such utter desolation before. There is literally zero plant life to be seen apart from in the occasional mountain valley, which oddly enough is teeming with lush tropical life. Perhaps it is due to the watershed. We saw vultures/condors hovering motionless in the desert sky. They just sort of hang in the sky catching lofts off the upward moving hot air from the desert sand. Its sort of cool to watch... although I cannot say...

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Apr 3, 2006 - L'Altiplano autour d'Arica : pas a la hauteur de mes esperances, mais chouette quand meme

Et encore une nuit en bus, pour aller jusqu'a Arica, tout au Nord du Chili. De la, nous voulons explorer les environs : c'est toujours le desert de l'Atacama, avec aussi plein de beaux volcans et de lacs. Apres pas mal d'hesitations, nous nous decidons pour partir avec une agence, car les routes sont en tres mauvais etat apres la saison des pluies et le faire en autonome parait trop complique. Nous nous retrouvons avec un guide tres sympa, Auriol : la cinquantaine, censé parler anglais, mais avec qui il est beaucoup plus simple de...

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Jan 7, 2006 - Back to Chile

We left nice and early from Arequipa to get across the border back to Chile. We saw our last images of Peru (well for this trip anyway) and arrived at Tacna to join a group of Swedes in a taxi to take us to Arica on Chilean soil. On the way across to Peru a month ago we had got our bags checked once, got our passports stamped and then boarded a train for a simple journey. No such luck this time. We had to get our stuff checked numerous times, wait in queues for passport stamps and papers, run around looking for our taxi and we were just...

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Dec 20, 2005 - Ciao Bolivia - Retour au Chili, a Arica.. par voie terrestre

Et bien voila ca y est .... j'ai quitté la Bolivie et me voici de retour au Chili. Je suis contente de reprendre la route. J'ai vraiment adoré la Bolivie. Je trouve que c'est un pays vraiment touchant... et le découvrir avec Olivier fut un grand grand moment. Je ne regrette pas ma mission dans l'ONG, j'aurai beaucoup appris sur la situation des personnes agées dans ce pays et son urgence, meme si j'aurai préféré avoir une mission un peu plus active au sein de leur bureau. J'ai donc quitté ce matin Rurebanaque. En une journée, j'ai pris a...

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Lenalatina 2005

Dec 9, 2005 - Arica

The family at Sunny Days Hostal where we are staying laid on a stupendous breakfast for us and we had that lovely feeling of being nicely full in our bellies as we hunted down a taxi to the museum 12km out of town. The region that we are in at the moment is the driest in the world. As a result the area is very rich in archaelogy and remains from 2000BC are immaculately preserved, the best being the family of mummies dating back to 7000BC. Plenty of other artefacts on display, ceramics, clothing, agricultural tools, weapons etc. Another very...

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