Iquique and strange days in a ghost town April 21st 2012 Question: how do you get from 2800 meters above sea level to sea level in a large bus?
Answer: very very slowly
The journey to Iquique was a negotiation of the Andes and its valleys. Long a steep 'S' and 'U' bends. Outside the bus window nothing but dust and a railway track following the line of the road. Away in the distance mines producing valuable nitrates, bought down to the ... read more
South America » Chile » Tarapacá » Iquique Prior to the coming of the Spanish in the 16th century, northern Chile was under Inca rule while Araucanian Indians inhabited central and southern Chile; the latter were not completely subjugated until the early 1880s. Although Chile declared its ind... ... read more
After 30 years of policing the streets of Bristol and beyond I have finally retired and off to explore new lands. Having travelled east in 2010 (Vietnam) and south in 2009 (Australia and New Zealand), this time I am heading west to South America. Not sure what awaits, but know one thing, if it's anything like the last two trips it will be an adventure I will not forget. Happy reading.... full info