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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica March 8th 2014

3 March 2014 – Monday – Arequipa, Peru to Arica, Chile Notes: Mostly desert. Oasis with grape vines. Joan busted for carrying a banana. Through Yura, the cement capital of Peru, desolate and ugly mining area. We rode another bus for 7 houses along the Pan American Highway from Arequipa to the border town of Tacna in Peru, where we caught a collectivo that took us to the border crossing between Peru and Chile. The driver assisted us and the other three passengers with the process of checking out of Peru and checking in to Chile. (Joan got busted with a Peruvian banana but was allowed through with only a warning!) Then he drove us into the town of Arica and dropped us off at the bus station. Our hostel was across the street from the ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota November 2nd 2013

Heute begann der Tag mit vier Krankmeldungen, alle Durchfall: James/Canada fuhr im Van of Shame, SOB (Sir Old Bastard) fuhr selber, nachdem er zwei von meinen Wundertabletten genommen hatte und dann zum Fruehstueck zwei Glaeser Orangensaft getrunken und zwei Scheiben frisch gebackenes Brot gegessen hatte. Darran nahm seine eigenen Pillen, aber eigentlich sind es die gleichen, wie meine (Xifaxan), David nahm zuerst ........ und dann Darran's - es besteht also Aussicht auf baldige Genesung der Kraenkelnden. Chaotische Ausfahrt aus Arequipa, sehr frueh am Morgen schon, dann 480 km durch die Wueste, was mir immer sehr gut gefaellt. Lustig waren zwei peruanische Militaereinrichtungen, die zur Strasse (PanAm) hin mit einer langen und hohen Mauer abgeschirmt waren - aber eben nur an der einen Seite. Problemlos konnte man von hinten oder den Seiten in das Gelaende eindringen. Will ... read more


- Drive from San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique - 490 km A long drive with straights as long as the horizon and never ending dirt roads due to road constructions, that was the ride in a nutshell to Iquique. The town itself proofed to be nothing exciting and we were happy to move on further north. On our way to Arica we stopped at Humberstone and Santa Laura, where the wealth of the nitrate boom is still whispering through the deserted ghost towns. We wondered for half a day thru a bygone time and enjoyed the desert heat. Another short stop at “El Gigante” – a geoglyph which dates back to around AD 900 took both our fascination. - Drive from Iquique to Arica - 310 km The roads in the north of Chile are ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica April 17th 2013

17th April ’13 San Pedro de Atacama to Iquique, Chile It was in some ways quite sad to be leaving the cute hostel and the little town, which we are now quite fond of but oxygen beckons so we caught the Tur bus to Calama and so left town. We drove through the desert passing lots of salt mines and spent the journey chatting with a lovely, broad cockney lass who now lives in Australia, who was sitting in front of us. We had an hour and a half to kill in Calama before our next bus so we wandered out of the bus station and found a little place to eat, this time watching the Spanish version of Judge Judy while waiting for our grub. The bus to Iquique arrived and left bang on time ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 20th 2012

Day 19: Playing in the sea with Ben We went shopping in the shopping centre to buy Christmas presents and we bought lots of lovely presents. Mum and Dad went to buy presents for me, Joe and Ben and me, Joe and Ben went to buy presents for them. For the first hour we didn’t get anything because we didn’t see anything that Mum and Dad would like and so we went to McDonalds because that’s where Mum and Dad said to meet up after the first hour. After we had a drink we went off and this time we found some presents for Mum and Dad. After we were very sweaty and tired after all that shopping we went back to the apartment and we had a little rest. After a while we went to ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota December 19th 2012

My favourite moments of Day 18. Waking up with the sun pouring in and listening to the waves breaking. Walking along the sand with Gray, talking about things deep and meaningful and then sharing a vainilla latte by the beach. Watching a huge cruise ship dock, discharge its bewildered tourists, call them back again and set sail with all its lights blazing at night. Walking along the beach at night with Joe. We are leaving soon so this is my final contribution. It has been amazing! Love to all readers Andrea/mum... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 18th 2012

Having reached our final destination feels a bit strange and at the same time satisfying. This morning I woke up to the sound of waves crashing on the shore and sitting up in bed could see the sea and the beach. No thinking about hours and hours in the car, just a day stretching out in front with the beach and the sun. Actually it’s been a bit cloudy in the mornings with the sun coming out about 1pm. But we’ve not been doing much until then anyway. In fact we’ve not being doing much at all; a bit of sitting on the beach, a bit of reading, a bit of Uno and a bit of surfing and lots of Big Bang Theory re runs in the evenings. Very pleasant. I never got round to taking ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 18th 2012

I know that there are a least a few blog followers who share my passion for anything with an internal combustion engine and 4 wheels and I said I’d write a bit about the Xterra we’ve been travelling in. If cars isn’t your cup of tea skip this one! Well, I’m very impressed. So much so that I’ve started looking at what Nissans are available for when we finally make it back to the UK. The Xterra would be wasted in the UK really. It’s best on uncertain or gravel surfaces, but has been remarkably smooth on the tarmac too and it’s really roomy. Last time we came here to Chile was 3 years ago and we did the 10 hour trip in our tiny 3 door Toyota Starlet, so it’s been great to have the ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota December 17th 2012

Day 16 I’m feeling happy that we are not on the move anymore, for a bit anyway. Today we got up late watched a bit of tv and then Joe prepared a devotional for us about Jesus’s travels. Then me and Joe went down to the beach to do a sandcastle. It took us all day to finish it, we had made it in a special location so that when the tide comes up it will attack the great walls of the city. (See pictures) So yeah we were on the beach and in the sea most of the day. At about 12am the tide finally reached the castle flooding over the walls and wiping out everything. We were amazed to find a sting ray laying on the floor by the castle!!! About 30cm wide and ... read more
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South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica December 16th 2012

Today was more like a day you would think of when you say ''I'm on holiday''. It started of with a usual holiday lie in reaching very late morning so I'm afraid i can't really say anything about what other family members untill about 11am. But when i was finally up and running properly Ben had prepared a bit of a devotional for us (something dad came up with for the holiday) to start my day off. A few minutes later we were alll down the beach, which is very easy to get to as our appartment is in a building right in the sea front. The beach here is nice with fine sand and the sea is a good temperature with decent size waves for me and ben to have some good fun on the ... read more
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