Desert Town on the Sea

Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
Trip End Sep 08, 2010

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Arica-pop 200,000After another long travel day from Easter Island, we arrived in the northernmost city in Chile, Arica. Arica was won by Chile from Peru in the late 19th century War of the Pacific. The war was fought because Arica's soil is rich with minerals. We arrived at 12:45 at night, so our first goal was to get some sleep. My first impression of Arica was a desert city on the sea. Around Arica are barren sand dunes but down at the water are popular beaches that Chileans love to go to. The Atacama is the dryest desert on Earth, and that is easily believed. While we were in Arica we saw some of the world's oldest mummy's made from the native peoples who lived here, great exhibits on the Tiwanaku and Inca culture, but the highlight was definitely the giant Incan geoglyphs made of small rocks built on a hill. The geoglyphs are of llamas, humans, and other figures of Incan gods. Tonight at 12:00 we are supposed to get on a twelve hour bus journey to Oruro, Bolivia, but getting a visa may be a problem. 
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Grampa on

I was wondering if you had any information about Orongo? Who lived there? Also, was there just that one town on the Island? and Where could cars and trucks drive to? Were there roads all over the islands?:( ... Love to you all, Gramps

sonia j. and elissa b. on


Izobel M. and Sonia P. on

That looks and sounds really cool. Erm, hot!

marty s. on

Email me when anything happens
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Neil R. on

12 hour bus ride? That must be boring.

faithbr. on

waaaaaaaaaah!!!! your so lucky! the only place i have been outside of california is washington(my cousins live there. Their school does not give them homework until 6th grade!).

TommyC. on

a war was fought for soil! why not for money?

Tommy C on

plz add me on gmail= cause im bord

Daniel L. on

12 hours of bus ride! OMG. I bet I will be bored to death if I was on the bus.

chris j. on

That is a hot desert and a pretty old dead guy(aka, mummy)

faithbr. on

So... does the food taste good?

Olivia H. on

The world's oldest mummy!!! Thats pretty cool! What did you do on the 12 hour bus ride? How boring! In that time, you could have almost been in Australia!

Jaylyn M. & Sawyer L. on

- What was your first reaction towards the mummy.

faithbr. on

12 hour bus ride? I would rather walk.

sawyer L. on

hi oliver wazz up i hope you're having a good time it looks really cool by

Jaylyn M. on

- Is Arica a hispanic country in South America

Daniel L. on

The pictures are awesome. I hope you come back soon. When will you come back anyway? I hope you don't run into any other earthquake.

Sonia J. on

- I really miss u. xoxoxoxo

Shannon H. on

A 12 hour bus ride? that's a long time... Hope the bus driver doesn't fall asleep

creapy dude on

hiihihihhiihihihihihihhi kool ps i did this at home so i dont care a bout mistakes ayyayayayayayayaay

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