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We finally were able to check into our room sometime after 1 p.m., seven hours after we arrived. It was a long slog to that point, and we were exhausted, but it meant that before ever going to our room we had managed to accomplish almost everything we'd wanted to do in Arica. The only other thing we'd considered doing was checking out one of the beaches. Arica's beaches are famous on the surfer circuit, and supposedly pretty good for ...
... top dollar for the best buses available), we got over it and mostly slept untilwe got to the border town in Peru. The entry into Chile was very smooth and organized, and we spent the night in Arica, the Chilean border town that is also a popular beach and surf town. It's very relaxing here. Everyone has a no-stress beachtown attitude, which is refreshing after Arequipa and Lima. Tonight, we leave for San Pedro in the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world.
... around 3am the conductor appeared again, wearing a jumper, but thankfully humoured Rhianwyn's request for air con. We did manage a little light dozing before arriving at the terminal at 6.30am, our noisy Chilean companion on the other hand, emerged from under his blankets fully refreshed and raring to go, Grrr! Not wanting to stumble around the streets of this new city in the dark with our packs we waited in the bus station until it got light before trudging exhausted to the ...
... be over as we were (cue the alarms going off every 10 minutes to notify us that he was exceeding the speed limit), we arrived in Arica early. This would have been great if the bus were due to arrive 3 hours later; unfortunately, it simply meant that we had to wait at the bus station for those 3 hours, whiling away the time until we had a chance of being able to check straight into our hostal. At least we got our passports back …
I will skip those 3 hours, ...
Arica is the northern-most town in Chile, about 30 km. from the Peruvian border. The land here has changed hands between Peru and Chile several times. It really is a frontier town. The Chilean government has enacted tax incentives to encourage people to settle here. This takes some of the pressure off development around Santiago. Our guide was enthusiastic, the proprietor of a B&B!
The desert landscape continues. Normally a bustling town, the city ...
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