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The desert city in Chile's far north.
A Decent Descent and Dessert in a Deserted Desert.

May 8th 2015
From Lauca National Park in Chile’s northern extreme, we descended over four and a half thousand metres to the city of Arica at sea level. Pop went the ears and bang went the lungs! We went from the cold and icy, windswept and barren Andean Altiplano to the hot, expansive and treeless sand of the super-dry Atacama Desert in a couple of hours. We sported our super-hero capes as our oxygen levels ... read more
South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica

Chilean Flag 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
21st May 2015

Excellent adventures and great photos!
I love the way you two really explore--climbing up to get overviews of towns and valleys, biking around to get the close perspective and to have that otherworldly Valle de la Luna to yourselves. Good thing your Andean blood was supercharged down here at the very hot sea level. I was just in Arica this weekend, and I fried as I climbed El Morro--quite a change from your usual polar climate! Looking forward to your next adventures!

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