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South America » Chile » Tarapacá November 20th 2018

We had a nice breakfast considering we were in the middle of nowhere. I went outside for a walk around and all I could see were trucks parked everywhere so I assume the drivers were staying somewhere in Colchane, but I couldn’t see much around at all. We set off on schedule at 09:00. Today was another traveling day but with a lot of brief stops for photos. As has been the case on a few days, it was about the journey rather the destination, there were beautiful spots everywhere as drove higher and higher.. We stopped at four small ghost towns which had well maintained churches for historical preservation reasons. One was just 15 minutes from Colchane in Isluga which was named after the Volcano Isluga which we could view whilst driving through the Isluga ... read more
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South America » Chile » Tarapacá November 18th 2018

Relatively late pick at 09:00. Our guide is Alvaro and driver is Mario.... read more
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South America » Chile » Tarapacá July 1st 2017

David here... As Suzanne has mentioned, there was some 'excitement' on the the bus to Iquique. I couldn't believe that they put on 'I Spit on your Grave' for us to 'enjoy'. I thought it would at least be heavily edited. It wasn't. As it got worse and worse, I got more and more angry, until I couldn't just sit there. I stalked down the bus to find the attendant, unsuccessfully, then knocked loudly on the door to the drivers cab and told him in English what the film was about and to turn it off. He thought I was motioning to the air conditioning so lowered that, so I said 'the film, the film', again in English. He then got it, and turned it off. With hindsight, looking up the phrases I needed in Spanish ... read more
Iquique fountain
Iquique block of flats
Sealions snoozing in a car park

South America » Chile » Tarapacá November 19th 2016

Whoops it's been a while since I last wrote, it just has been hard to find a computer so far to upload photos of my adventures in Chile but I'll add them later on. I arrived in Chile mid November and the transition is quite brutal, the south of Peru becomes quite isolated as you get closer to the border, similar to the north with unfinished houses, shitty cars, shitty roads. As soon as I crossed the border, I felt like I arrived in the USA. The cars were pick up trucks, the houses on one floor and finished. It they don't look like they can survive a hurricane, the roads are wide and concrete. Iquique is the first city where I stayed, it is a beach city and quite ugly in the centre, but real ... read more
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South America » Chile » Tarapacá January 8th 2015

If one flies into the city of Iquique, in Northern Chile, one lands on an airstrip more or less on the beach, surrounded by desert and at the foot of a giant mountain of sand. The gigantic sand dunes and the desert, spread from the Andes in the east, to the ocean in the west. Virtually the whole of Northern Chile is desert, from the Peruvian border down to the Atacama, where it hasn´t rained for over one hundred years; it is an endless landscape of sand. If, however, one crosses the desert url=file:///C:/Users/Vivien/Documents/Blog%2039%20%20%20%20Four%20hours%20of%20desert%20and%20a%20brush%20with%20officialdom.docx#_msocom_1 bus, as we did on Monday, then it is necessary to descend one of these monster dunes (not quite in the style of Fifth Gear) to reach the city. It is quite an experience, seeing the city and the Pacific far below, ... read more
A little oasis in the desert
Monster sand mountains behind the city
Pelicans on the roof of the fish market

South America » Chile » Tarapacá » Iquique January 30th 2014

Geo: -20.2208, -70.1485The earthquake hit with full force just weeks after I left...Anyway, now I am still here...Iquique is a nice city with a beautiful beach and the usual cold ocean current at any time of the year... Anyway, I was hanging around the beach for a couple of days before hitting the road towards...Arica and onwards to Peru and the Amazon...Nope...This will be done on my next trip...the Highway Transoceanico...This time I backtracked towards San Pedro de Atacama in order to pass over the Mountains into Argentina...... read more
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The tiny one in the shoppingcart...

South America » Chile » Tarapacá » Iquique May 23rd 2013

Hasta Luego Latinoamérica We say "Adios" to Latin America as the Six Monthers prepare for the next phase of our travels.... read more
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South America » Chile » Tarapacá April 15th 2013

Vous vous en doutez, rien de bien intéressant à reporter aujourd’hui, 24 heures de route monotone avec films d’action en espagnol et son qui grésille… heureusement, le voyage s’est fait en siège cama, donc inclinable presque en position lit, plus confortable pour dormir. >PDJ : rien vraiment, je n'ai meme pas une photo! Juste penser à arriver ****... read more

South America » Chile » Tarapacá » Iquique April 14th 2013

Aujourd’hui, après une nuit bien réparatrice, nous partons pour Humberstone, une ville minière, de production de nitrate de sodium et de salpêtre de la fin du XIXème siècle, désertée depuis les années 60 suite à sa fermeture, maintenant classée par l’UNESCO. Rien à voir avec le cote ‘Disney western aseptisé’ que peut avoir la ville fantôme que j’avais visitée en Californie vers Yosemite. Humberstone a accueilli jusqu'à 5000 personnes à son apogée, avec sur le même site la zone industrielle, les habitations (bien séparées : pour couples mariés, pour célibataires etc) et les bâtiments publics (hôpital, école, piscine). Il fait chaud, très chaud, mais nous arrivons a rester plus de 4h sur place, à déambuler et fouiner à l’intérieur des bâtisses désaffectées, avec quelques parties musée et objets d’époque très intéressants. Il n’y ... read more
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South America » Chile » Tarapacá » Iquique April 13th 2013

Voyage de nuit pour arriver à Iquique à 5h du mat et on a eu de la chance, des lits sont libres dans l’auberge donc nous allons rajouter quelques heures de sommeil aux courtes nuits précédentes. Et comme j’avais en tête de faire du parapente ici, je m’inscris pour un saut à 13h, pas le temps de chômer, juste une petite balade au bord de l’océan déchainé et des apprentis surfeurs le matin. A l’heure dite, le minibus vient me chercher et j’ai droit à un briefing hyper complet sur la sécurité, le mal de l’air etc. Euh, il ne me semble pas que j’avais eu tout ca avant de sauter au dessus du lac d’Annecy, je commence à me dire que ça va être plus dur. Harnachée avec la combi, je n’ai même pas le ... read more
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