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Dec 8, 2005 - The long, long bus journey

The record for longest bus journey has been achieved. 31.5 hours of Chilean highway covered. We travelled half the length of the country and watched the landscape change from rolling green hills to sun baked plains and then in the far north of the country to the Atacama desert. The ride was actually not too bad, it was relatively comfortable in our reclining seats, we got to watch some newish films and got fed, albeit crappy meals. I was fortunate to be allowed in the front to have a chat with the driver (so he could practice english and me...

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Dec 1, 2005 - Stuck yet again

OK, NOW I AM PISSED CAUSE I JUST WROTE LIKE 40 minutes of work and touched the wrong key on this fucking chilean keyboard and now I have to start all over. The reason I am writing instead of enjoying chile is cause I am stuck in the Santiago Airport. More on that later. So, I had a decent day in Santiago, although it was mostly trying to figure out what I was going to do for the rest of the month before going to Argentina on Dec 28th. So got my trip organized for Chile. North today to Arica, travel back down to Santiago by bus for 10 days,...

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Nov 29, 2005 - Beach town

We made it to Arica after a long bus ride...it was actually enjoyable cause we got to see lots of the Chilen coast and the change into the desolate desert. We are in a beach town adn staying at "The Sunny day" hostel. Very friendly and right near the beach. When we walked in we actually walked right in on them fixing lunch..ohh it smelled good...however they were ready for us.. a lovely double room upstair and outside. Complete with a private bathroom and ocean breeze! We laid on the beach..almost went swimming..too cold. and got a wicked...

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LA VIDA LOCO

Nov 16, 2005 - Arica - Lauca Nationalpark

Hallo Zusammen Wer hat bloss behauptet, Busfahren in Chile sei angenehm! Ich habe die bisher schlimmste Busfahrt hinter mir! Die Nachtfahrt von San Pedro de Atacama nach Arica im Norden war der reinste Horror! Neun Stunden auf einem der hintersten Plätze, ich hatte das Gefühl ich sitze genau auf dem Motor. Das Dröhnen ging direkt über den Sitz in meinen Kopf über! Ausserdem war gleich nebenan das WC. Und das hat schon gestunken bevor es das erste Mal benützt wurde. Und nachher konnte man immer nachvollziehen, was darin gerade erledigt...

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Ecuador - Chile

Oct 30, 2005 - Chile: Arica

At last we are back to sea level and we are now on the beach. Our first stop in Chile is the town of Arica only 20 minutes from the border. We have spent the last couple of weeks travelling around so we have decided to relax here for a week. Nice place, with some good beaches. Very quite at the moment because its not their high season until Jan & Feb. On the edge of town is a cliff with an army museum on top. We climbed up it today to get some pictures. Most importantly, they have a McDonalds. I would have prefered a Burger King but any...

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Aug 26, 2005 - Goodbye Chile, Hello Peru

Alrighty alrighty....hello again...we know that it`s been quite awhile since we`ve done anything with the site so we tried to make it up to you with 6 new entries....the reason is that we have been very busy doing tourist things and haven`t had some time to download the photos....well it seems like a couple months since we`ve entered Peru but i guess it`s only been a couple weeks...we left from Arica super late in the afternoon as we wanted to make a decent farewell evening to Chile....this resulted in a 3 hour delay the next day at the gas...

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Whe're in America

Jul 19, 2005 - 4 days, 3 countries...not bad

Well we made it to Chile!! We got on a bus at 7:45 this morning, watched three movies and arrived in Tacna, Peru. Not a bad ride!! As soon as we got off the bus we got ambushed with taxi drivers wanting to take us to Chile. (apparently no tourists go to Tacna that aren't on their way to Chile!) So we finally let one take us to his office. Then six of us piled in a Ford Taurus on our way to Chile. The Chilean border is the tightest we've been through yet. You have to stay with your car group--I felt like a ive year old!! Anyhow we made it to...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Arica

We still werent sure if Bolivia was safe at this point and didnt really want to get stuck in La Paz whilst they had a civil war so decided it was best for Ellie to fly to Arica in the very north of Chile and for us to go and meet her there. Arica seemed very western having spent so long in Peru and Ecuador, they even had a McDonalds and Kellogs cereal! Was really nice to meet up with Ellie, quite funny seeing her come off the little plane in the tiny airport with all the Chilean business men and for some unknown reason a random marching...

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Jun 16, 2005 - Arica

IN ENGLISH BELOW Arica vient d`etre touchee par un grand tremblement de terre mais il n`y a pas de degats en ville a part quelques fissures par-ci par-la. A quelques jours pres, on aurait bien aime etre la pour vivre-ca. Ca fait du bien d`etre au niveau de la mer, on respire mieux et les cheveux bouclent de nouveau au lieu d`etre raides comme des pics. Nous logeons chez Mercedes qui etait la meilleure amie de la soeur de Nadine quand elles ont grandi a Kinshasa. On a ete tres bien recue sauf qu`elle ne nous laissait jamais une minute a...

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May 26, 2005 - Back to Chili

Et voilà un tampon de plus sur le passepourt, le meuvième pour le Chili! Nous profitons d'un jour férié en Bolivie pour quitter le pays et rejoindre par avion le Nord du Chili. Les routes d'accès au Lac Titicaca étant bloquées à cause des troubles politiques, nous passerons donc par le Chili pour entrer au Pérou. En 30 minutes, nous passons de 4000m à 0m. Le paysage de La Paz fait place au Lac Titicaca, puis nous survolons la cordillère de Andes et franchissons le terrible désert d'Atacama. Nous voilà donc à l'abri des troubles politiques...

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May 19, 2005 - Arica et le parc de Lauca

Arica, c est surtout le point d entree pour la valle de Lauca. CA, ca nous a vraiment plu. Pour l instant, c est ce que nous avons prefere au Chili. Nous sommes partis en bus sur l altiplano chez les indiens : les Aymaras, jusqu a Parinacota, un tout petit village a 4500 m d altiltude..dur, dur. Se duele la cabeza! Nous avons dormi chez l habitant. La nuit, la temperature etait de -13...on n avait pas encore fait aussi froid. Et vive nos duvets!!!! on a fait un petit treck...ca va pas vite a 4500m. On marche tout doucement mais surement! On...

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Apr 8, 2005 - Chile, Arica

09-04-05 / 11-04-05 The busride from La Paz to Arica took me into a rough, barren landscape and after crossing the border in the altiplano Parque Lauca, with snow topped vulcanoes, lakes and herds of llama's. The border crossing involved a change of busses, lining up for customs and the same procedure on the Chilean side again, this time with a scanner included, one of the first differences I noticed. In Arica I stayed in the hostal Sunny Days, an address from the backpackers hostal leaflet I had picked up in the La Paz hostal. The hostal...

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