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Jun 13, 2013 - crossing countries again

Not much to say.....got a collectivo in the morning with 3 old Chileans, one of whom taught Lou what her snoring sounds like....we pissed ourselves for half an hour after she said I don't sound like that do I? And I looked at my hands and goes ummm no? Actually that's exactly what you sound like. We proceeded to howl the rest of the way thru the border to tacna, the driver and 2 other old buggers must have wondered about our mental states. I've an excuse....1 I'm bona fide cracked and 2 I'd been listening to that for the last 5 weeks! So we...

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Nov 9, 2009 - In transit by bus to the Peru/Chile border. Faced a 12 hour delay

We arrived Tacna at 05:45 in the morning. Border crossing was a total mess-Chilean customs on "work to rule" which is not a strike which was illegal. They just did everything very slowly. Bus company decided to wait it out rather than go back to Tacna. There eventually ended up with hundreds of people stranded at the border. There were many food vendors so we did not starve or get have no water available. We were the third bus in line. Took 12 hours before they got to us. Of course, this put everything off schedule. The Bus company kept our...

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Nov 8, 2009 - Bus from Lima to Tacna, Peru (the border to Chile)

Depart Lima at 10:00. We had a stop at 14:00. First took toll roads then at the city of Ica changed. The roads then became windy be dusty. This section is miles and miles of open spaces. Made note that there were virtually no gasoline stations and this would have to be taken into account on a motorcycle trip. Then narrow winding thru high desert Middle night one lane for an hour then really winding roads. Passengers being video taped by police.

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Nov 2, 2007 - Tacna Peru/Arica Chile/Iquique Beach Chile

We left on the bus at 7:30 AM for Tacna, southernmost city in Peru. The six-hour ride cost 35 soles. "The Constant Gardener" with Ralph Fiennes played on the trip through desert with absolutely no vegetation. When we arrived in the border town of Tacna, we found a local eatery for lunch and found the train station open at 2:30 in time for the 3:30 train for the port of Arica, Chile. Cost of train was 7 soles. We filled out paper work to cross border, got stamped out of Peru by Migracion in the station and were on our way. A most rickety old...

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Sep 15, 2005 - Arica

this time I traveled by plane from Arequipa to Tacna (25 minutes) and taxi colectivo to Arica, where Chile and Peru once fought bloody skirmishes. It is a popular year-round resort (though too cold right now to swim). Took a room at the central Hotel MarAzul. Despite its aridity, this clean city occupies an attractive site at the foot of El Morro (walked up there in the morning), a spectacular headland that offers sweeping ocean and desert views. Famous for his Parisian tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel designed many prefabricated landmarks...

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Jun 15, 2005 - Crossing the Chilean - Peruvian border

Time to leave Chile somewhere we had both felt very comfortable and head to the unknown of Peru. After a push start for the bus in Iquique we were on our way to Arica the boarder town in Chile. We arrived about lunch time and managed to find a collectivo to take us across the boader to Tacna without much trouble. Collectivos are small mini buses which they absolutely cram to the roof with people and luggage and we were the only westerners on board but all seemed friendly enough, predominately Peruvian women all giggling and having a great...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Tacna and The Border Crossing

We made it to Tacna around 10pm and found a really cheap hostal right away. We used the city for random errands that needed to get done before crossing the border and extending Mikes passport was imperative! We had tried in Arequipa, but the first time we went, Mike had forgotten his tourist Visa and we had to return the next day with his card to find out that we could just get it done in Tacna, therefore wasting an entire day in Arequipá, a city that we had already spent numerous day in! However, when we arrived at the immiagration office...

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Jul 23, 2004 - Tacna. Peru/Chile boarder.

Ooohh. Not an awful lot to tell on this one. We set of from Ica on a fairly decent bus, without to many hitches. When we arrived at Tacna (on the border) we actualy bumped into our friend Helen who we had met sandboarding. Small world this place. Anyhoo, we all then jumped into a cab who took us to the border, and after a few passport checks, bag checks and anal cavity searches, we were on yet another bus to the northern coastal town of Iquique......

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Jul 12, 2004 - Tacna, back in Peru

We had a fun crossing over the border into Peru. You get into a colectivo (shared) taxi which is in an old American car like a Buwick, Cadillac or Dodge. The taxi driver handles all the border formalities and you enjoy the ride. We got to Tacna on the Peruvian side of the border after about an hour and had lunch in the bus terminal whilst waiting for our connection across the desert. Denis managed to (mildly) upset one of the local tout/guides. He was trying to offer his services to guide us to the other bus terminal for our bus to...

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Apr 27, 2003 - Peru Revisited

Copyright 2004 David Rich 950 Words jdavidrich@yahoo.com P e r u R e v i s i t e d I took the bus across a chunk of Argentina and half of Chile with thirty-nine fellow passengers anxious to get home to Lima. Nice bunch, halfway sedate from matrons and teenyboppers to young families, a few unattached studs, and me. But after two long days into the trip (the bus left seven hours late), and trying to communicate with my execrable Spanish, I was getting paranoiac, based on my previous Peruvian experience, which had required keeping twenty-four...

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