Radisson Hotel Iquique
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
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Oct. 11 – Tour of the Saltpeter works and More
The first stop on our 12 hour tour was to the saltpeter works, or "nitrate towns" of Santa Laura and Humberstone. These two works are located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile.
While Santa Laura consisted of the rusted out remains of the structures and equipment used in the production of sodium nitrate, in Humberstone, we toured through the remains of what was once a thriving town filled ...
... was also a bit of a breeze. We were dropped off at the main square which is a small but pleasant park with a clock tower and a fountain which had some children splashing about in it. There were also tricycles and push cars available for the use of children which seemed to be free. We enquired from the tourist bureau about visiting the. Esmeralda and were told we did not need a reservation but when we got there we found out you ...
Having only stayed in Arica overnight I took a bus in the morning to the destination I had actually had in mind- Iquique. Here I was hoping to meet Fiona who I had met in the Bolivian jungle and was also considering doing some paragliding. The bus journey continued through the desert and I was surprised at just how much the coast of Peru and Chile is desert! On the bus ride I struggled with the Chilean accent- they took my passport for a police checkpoint but I didnt know that and ...
Iquique is a little city in the north of Chile where Georgian architecture dominates and we only saw people out at night. Granted, we were here for New Year's Eve so everyone was out to see the fireworks on the beach and then nothing was open at all the next day. It was a bit sketchy walking through the dark streets when our bus got in at ten p.m., so we stayed at the first open hotel we came ...
... has been farming here for almost 20 years now and has a fine selection of oranges, mandarins, grapefruit and two types of avocados. He employs 40 staff and took time out to show us round and explain some of the problems facing being a farmer here – water shortage due to lack of snowfall recently is a serious worry, disagreements with locals over boundaries, finding staff he can afford as the local mines are busy offering more payment, dealing ...