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... 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.
... It was also interesting to see how much they respected life and would give honour to the dead, even babies, foetus' and embryos. On finishing the museum we realised that we were in the middle of no where, a 20 minute drive from town and there were no collectivos to be seen. We walked to the main road, but the ones we saw were all full or going in the wrong direction. It looked like a long wait in the searing heat but seconds after a quick prayer one came round the corner with ...
... we saw Thor in Spanish (fail) at the movies, and we went to a war museum which was basically a 'suck on that Peru' (Arica was once Peruvian, until the Chileans annexed it in 1880).
Sadly Chile appears to be more expensive then we anticipated. Next destination: San Pedro de Atacama, a village (pop 1900) in the Atacama desert. Will be good to get out of these dry dusty towns at some ...
Our contemplation was brought to an abrupt end when the conductor decided to put on a film. Genre? That’s right, action! Cue lots of loud gunfire and shouting, perfect for the start of an overnight bus ride! On the plus side, there was no longer any peace and quiet to worry in …
The bus had left at 8pm and the light faded fast as we sped back west toward Antofagasta. San Pedro had been an amazing place to spend a few days and we ...
... town), Pacollo and Chucullo.
I'm still amazed by what we saw, how crazy our driver was, and how the desert landscape changed depending on the light. Unfortunately, not all survived the day quite as well as I did - not all had adjusted to altitude so there were a few sick folk on the bus. It was a fantastic way to end my short, but very rewarding visit, to Arica.
It was also fantastic on another note - its on this trip that I met Cecilia. Cecilia was ...
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