Hotel Gavina Express
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... Then the fun began. You travel from the airport to a bus terminal, where large, old and beaten up Ford sedans (called collectivos) take you on the 60km journey to Arica. This involves myriad paperwork, two border checks (Peru and Chile) and a drive along the desolate Panamerican Highway. Arica is pleasant. It has a lovely hill to the south, a small working harbour and long sandy beaches. But ...
... 160;Azapa Valley and saw the most amazing archaeological museum which displayed some 5000BC mummies- much older than the Egyptian Mummies. They were amazing to see and though a bit macabre I found these blackened figures incredible. These people could not read,write or make any pottery or use metal and yet they knew that manganize oxide could preserve their bodies for the next world. All on board once more and this time we saw the most jaw dropping geo glyphs - these are drawings on ...
... as Peruvian Spanish (and let me tell you, Chilean Spanish is almost a completely different language)
As for Arica itself, there isn't much to say. We needed a northern Chilean city so the we could take a national flight down to Santiago (3 hour flight or 30 hour bus ride, not a tough decision). Arica itself was... Well let's just say when I look back through my camera, I only have 2 pictures. Unfortunately for you, the reader, ...
... 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.
... but surfing wasn't on my agenda and I chose not to visit the beach in my few days there since I had no desire to either be burnt or covered in sand. Chile is vastly different to Peru, and the city much smarter, although I still really hate navigating through grid systems in cities. Whilst trying to find 'Govindas', the city's vegetarian restaurant, ...