Holiday Inn Express Iquique
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PHOTO_ID_L=the-dakar.jpg] We pack water, nuts and fruit and buy a sun umbrella at the supermarket meet our taxi and head for the stage.
After setting up we meet an American traveling on his own following the Dakar, he buys us ice cream and sits chatting with us most of the day.
Marc Como comes through the stage first, great to see …
It's difficult to get clear information on where the Dakar is coming into town so we download some coordinates from the Dakar website and ride out to them.
On the edge of town we find a dirt track and some activity we ride for a couple of miles and find things being set up for tomorrow's stage. We then ride back into town and 20 kls along the …
... expected, the road climbed hard out of the desert. The surface was variable, so I ended up pushing a fair bit. For much of the time though, I was following an old railway line. This made navigation easier than it would otherwise have been. I spent all morning pushing and riding up the pass. For the whole time, and indeed until I descended to the mine, I did not see another soul. I could see why this route, only a couple of miles from Bolivia, was known for smuggling. The descent ...
... and felt like an oversized pool in someone’s back yard rather than a public swimming place. It was pretty weird.
En route back to Iquique, we visited two small villages, both with very unique churches. The Church of San Andres in the village of Matilla had a full scale reproduction of “The Last Supper” the likes of which I had never seen anywhere. Next to the church was the Lager of Matilla. A wine-producing industry was established here in the ...
... but then bit of trauma with potential wedding dates and clashes. Another beach day but mixed it up with cheese and prawn empanada for lunch. In and out of shade. Yves, Lauren and I tried to go to restaurant recommended on trip advisor but closed so found another on pedestrian street with good cocktails. Nice historical street to wander back down and earlyish night. Last day in Iquique packed, checked out, couple of hours on beach then said goodbye to Lauren who got a taxi to ...