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Apr 21, 2008 - Arica

We recon some of you might have noticed that we are not quite where we said we'd be at this time: in the middle of Argentina somewhere. The last week has been a bit different. Last Monday while couchsurfing we watched the local news and noticed something about a road blockage in a city called Camiri. We didn't think much about it, just cracked another bad joke about it being on our route. And of course it was. The same evening we rocked up at the bus station in Santa Cruz with our rucksacks filled with food for the never ending journey and...

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Feb 18, 2008 - Just a hop, skip, and a jump...

Or so we thought...Not much to report on the travel front we have been busing it all over the place trying to do a little country hopping. After the Colca we decided to head over to Chile. Arica is the northern most town and we thought we would give our battered bodies a little R&R on the beach for a few days. I was still walking around like a battered little old lady, Darin was doing much better but the rest was much needed. The sun was GREAT, the type that you can lounge in for hours on end, which is basically all we did there. Chile is...

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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 29, 2007 - iquique

got the bus with julie and carl who'd been staying at sunny days aswell. pretty painless journey, it only took about 5hours. the weather wad great when we arrived. we had been advised to stay at the backpackers hostel but unfortunately it was booked out because there was a surf competition being held there that weekend (unfortunately couldnt have stayed there long enough to see it). there were no other hostels, just crappy guest houses and expensive hotels. decided to just stay one night - there wasnt much to do and the beach wasnt as good...

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Leahs Lallygag

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

Sep 14, 2007 - Iquique - Chile

When in Iquique here in Northern Chile, I decided to hire a rental car. It cost me around $50 USD plus petrol. It was a small Chevrolet and I had already been to the Iquique Tourist Information to get a map of the area, along with information about places I could possibly visit on my little 24 hrs road trip to the interior. The person at the office told me about the ghost town of Humberstone, El Gigante del Atacama and Pintados, the two last being prehistoric paitings in the hills of the Atacama desert, drawn up around the years 500-1000 by...

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Exotic South America

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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Jun 16, 2007 - Iquique

Friday 15 June Got some sleep and then headed into town. It was then that I remembered what I had so disliked about Chile the first time. I walked along the beach (the Lonely Planet says they were working on making this a beach resort - well judging by the cement mixers they're still working on it) and was whistled at, hissed at, muttered at, stared at...and so in typical woman style I headed in a department store and went shopping! It's the first place I have found a big store since Brazil where I can shop without constantly being asked if...

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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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Sep 3, 2006 - Leaving Peru

Well it had to happen at some point - I had to leave Peru and head down to Chile for my last few days in South America (which seem to have come around really fast). Up at the crack of dawn, to catch a bus at 7.30, I was exhausted to start the day. After some confusion over where my bus was going from and then being told I wasn't allowed to catch the bus because I hadn't paid my bus station tax I finally got on, and the bus left. About an hour late. Apart from having our hand luggage searched for fruit or vegetables, and having my 3 oranges...

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Geraint's World Trip

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