Travel Blogs from Arica
... 10:30 a.m. and involve direct transport rather than the local bus--but doable.
Just as we were agreeing to this change in plans, the company's tour guide drove up to the house. After giving some candy to the tour company head's five-year-old son, who had run out to greet him, the guide engaged in a lengthy back-and-forth with the tour company head in Spanish. We didn't understand the words, but we understood the tone and facial expressions.
... to go to the beach the next day and actually have some sun and sea as we hadn't had it since Rio really. Some of the boys went surfing in the afternoon which they loved. I just chilled on the beach most of the day looking at the huge birds that glide across the sea and scoop up fish with their big beaks. Whilst looking at them I saw a head pop out of the water and a couple of minutes later another head, it was the head of a huge turtle. I got into the ...
... town called Tacna just over the border where we could then get a bus to Arequipa. While looking around we saw lots of ladies, sitting on the ground surrounded by bags of clothes which they were sorting through and stuffing into cushions and pillow cases? We hoped that it was not the luggage of fellow backpackers but we later discovered that they were attempting to hide the stuff to avoid paying tax on it at the border. We will not be helping anyone carry their huge cushion over the border ...
Suitably refuelled, we set off on our walk up to the viewpoint. It looked more intimidating than it was and the reasonably small effort was handsomely rewarded with panoramic views over the city and a clear view of the brightly glittering expanse of blue below: the Pacific Ocean. We spent some time marvelling at the huge vultures that soared on thermals, swooping and diving next to the cliffs. One in particular came by on a thermal gliding so slowly and so ...
... collectivo. Collectivos in Arica are basically cars that you can hail at designated stops. It means getting very close and personal with ... errr ... people you don't know including those who take up more than their fair share of the back seat in a small car.
The market was indeed where the action was. Lots of folk milling about. Much like Peru, the produce looked awesome, and I'll never forget the avocado vendors. I've never seen so many avocados in my ...
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Other places to stay in Arica
921 pasaje 15, Arica | Hostelfrom $18
Manuel Rojas 2864, Arica | Hostelfrom $19
Corner Tomas Aravena 161 & Pedro de Valdivia, Arica | Hostelfrom $21
Calle O'Higgins 661, Arica | Hostelfrom $38
Andres Bello 1387, Arica | 3 star hostelfrom $45