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Arica

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  • Day72

    Immer wieder das Wetter

    February 9 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Eigentlich möchte ich weiter nach La Paz. Eigentlich.
    Das sind 500 km ohne Tankstelle dafür mit Grenze. Die Straße dorthin führt durch die Lauca Region, am Sajama vorbei mit vielen Straßenschäden. Also früh losfahren.
    Aber dann am Freitagmorgen Regen. Überall wird das Wasser aufgewischt, das Haus hat kein durchgängiges Dach. Hier regnet es ja eigentlich nie. Eigentlich.
    Also warte ich mal einen Tag, schau mir die Stadt an.
    Am Abend treffe ich zwei Franzosen, die mir erzählen, die Straße Richtung La Paz sei für PKW nicht befahrbar.
    Am Samstagmorgen regnet es in Strömen, alle sind mit Wasser aufwischen beschäftigt, Frühstück auf der Dachterrasse fällt aus. Die Fahrt nach La Paz wohl auch, genauso wie der Strom ausgefallen ist, ich brauche mal wieder die Taschenlampe.
    Das ist großer Mist. Guter Rat teuer. Mir wird wohl nichts anderes übrig bleiben als nach Peru an der Küste entlang weiter zu fahren. Falls nicht auch diese Straße blockiert ist.
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  • Day15

    Chilean highlands

    January 18, 2018 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    It took a little convincing from Jeff, but we took an excursion into the Chilean Highlands yesterday. My hesitation came from the fact that it was a 3 hour ride each way to an elevation of 12,000 feet. Now come on, we’ve all seen those pictures of buses dropping off roads in South America, but I must admit that it was a pretty decent road. That certainly did not take away from the drama of the incredible landscape.
    This area of Chile is just south of the border from Peru and the Bolivian border is just to the east - Chile is skinny like a chili pepper! This region has a population density of 1 person per 30 square kilometers and that includes the city of Arica which is 160,000. In other words, it is pretty desolate. By the way, the second largest town is population 1,000. It is also the second driest populated place on earth at 1/2 millimeter of rain per year-that isn’t even what we would call a trace!
    In 1868, a magnitude 9 earthquake struck the area killing 70,000 people. Between the earthquake and the ensuing 2 tsunami waves (the second one was 90’ high), the city was literally reduced to rubble, the waves then washing everything away, including any remaining foundations.
    We saw some fabulous geoglyths that are about 170’ tall and we’re done between 100BC and 1500AD. There is very little know about why they were done, but they have found around 17,000 of them throughout this region.
    As we were driving into the Andes mountains on a 2 lane road, passing other vehicles in our bus, our guide mentioned that they experience earthquakes here about once per week! It took everything I had not to ask if the last one was yesterday or a week ago.
    We drove through an incredibly dry valley that was followed by a more lush area that looked up at 2 snow-capped dormant Taapaca volcanoes. The town of Putre, founded in 1580, lies in a shallow valley at about here at 12,000’ of elevation. There’s not too much air to breathe here!
    We had a wonderful lunch at the Canta Verde which served Pebre which is the Chilean version of what we would call Pico de Gallo. Jeff enjoyed it more than everyone else and they brought him an additional plate of it! They use it as a condiment for soups, meat and bread. Also, I was searching for a bathroom and was excited to recall my high school Spanish class to say “Donde esta el bano?” What a thrill - I was speaking fluent Spanish!
    We have 2 sea days before arriving in Valparaiso, Chile for some Chilean wine-tasting. Our captain has informed us that the waves are building and there will be some “pitching and groaning” tomorrow. Never a dull moment!
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  • Day70

    Das nördliche Ende Chiles

    February 7 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    4275 km ist Chile in Nord - Süd Ausrichtung lang. Nach 12500 gefahrenen Kilometern habe ich das nördliche Ende erreicht. 20 km hinter Arica ist die peruanische Grenze. Von Arica am Pazifik habe ich nicht viel gesehen. Ich war spät dran, zu spät aufgestanden, unterwegs zwei Berliner getroffen und fast eine Stunde gequatscht. Dann kann man die 200 ersten km direkt an der Küste nicht nur abfahren. Eine Traumstraße, die man mit dem Highway Nr 1 vergleichen kann. Aber eine andere Landschaft, eigentlich eine Wüste mit Traum-Stränden. Nach Iquique mit seinen unzähligen Hochhäusern führt die Route auf die Panamericana nochmals über 300 km ohne Tankstelle über flache unendliche Weite, in der die Straßen am Horizont in der flimmernden Hitze verschwunden. Dann folgen tiefe Canons, auf deren Grund der starke Regen in den Bergen Straßen weggeschwemmt haben. Diese Verbindung war vor zwei Tagen gesperrt. Mir bleibt nicht viel Zeit zum fotografieren will ich mein Tagesziel erreichen.
    Aber vor Sonnenuntergang bin ich geduscht und habe eingekauft. Nach Sonnenuntergang und bis jtum 10 Uhr sitze ich auf der Dachterrasse. Habe in der Küche hier über den Dächern von Arica selbst gekocht, weil es kaum einen schöneren Platz geben kann. (ja ich gestehe, Fertiggericht). Aber ich habe heute ausnahmsweise unterwegs schon"gespeist". Kein Kaffee auf 500 km geht nicht. Keine Tankstelle an der man im klimatisierten Raum abkühlen und Espresso trinken kann, stattdessen am überaus staubigen Straßenrand ein Sandwich, Cola und Café chico.

    Und hoffentlich nimmt das derzeit problematisch Wetter ein Ende. Die ungewöhnlich starken Regenfälle führen überall zu unpassirrbaren Straßen. Auch hier ganz im Norden Chiles.
    San Pedro de Atacama war 4 Tage lang vom Wasser eingeschlossen, nachdem wir dort waren, in Calama ist die Trinkwasserversorgung zusammengebrochen, große Hotels wie das Ibis wurden geschlossen.
    Der Boden nimmt das Wasser nicht auf und in kürzester Zeit entstehen reissende Flüsse. Die Chilenen machen den Klimawandel dafür verantwortlich, Mr Trump hat hier nicht viele Freunde.
    Deutschland ist hier hoch angesehen. Manchem Unzufriedenen würde reisen die Augen öffnen.
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  • Day53

    Colcas

    November 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    A bit further in the valley, we stopped at the Colcas. These are underground holes that are were used to store grains and food items that the people from the valley used to get here to trade with the people from the highlands. They used holes in the ground lined with stones and them coated with clay. This used to work as a natural refrigerator and preserve the food for longer. One can still find preserved food items inside the Colcas.Read more

  • Day54

    Sunset at Chinchorro beach

    November 22, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We sat at the beach till the sunset. After that, we walked 2 kms back to our hostel.
    At the hostel we got wifi again and did some research on what options we could have. We found 2 more car rentals on Google maps. We decided to check them out the next morning. If the prices were fine, we would rent the vehicles immediately.
    We also found out that Iquique, about 350 kms from here had lot more car rentals so if we didn't find a good option at the 2 rental companies in Arica, we would take the bus to Iquique and try our luck there with the car rentals.
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  • Day53

    Back in Arica

    November 21, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We were back in Arica around 3 pm. After having our lunch, we went to the city to check out the car rental options.
    We checked with Europcar, they had very good prices but no vehicles available for another 3-4 days.
    The wickedcampers turned out be just a pickup and drop point. They informed us to check their website. The prices there were too high. By now, it was late in the evening so we couldn't check anywhere else and the tourism office too was closed by now. We just decided to hang around in the city center and have some cakes before returning back to the hostel.Read more

  • Day54

    At the Chinchorro beach

    November 22, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We walked the 2 kms from the town center to the Chinchorro beach. On the way, we passed the protected area for the turtles. We didn't see any turtles but saw 2 dead sea lion carcasses.
    At the beach, I sat out enjoying the waves and the soothing rhythm of the waves while Hristo decided to go for a swim.Read more

  • Day37

    Arica, Chile

    November 29, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Arica, like many of the ports at which we have stopped in Chile, is an industrial container port. Here, we are told that the port was established by the Spanish in 1530 for imports and exports from Bolivia;it continues today as a freeport for Bolivia. We are only 18 km south of Peru .

    Arica has mild weather, year round so in the summer, it is a popular resort for Bolivians. There are palm trees, jacaranda, bougainvillea and oleander, as one might expect in a mild climate but everything depends on constant irrigation.

    Arica's main employers are Coca-Cola, mining, fishing and argriculture and many of its workers come from Peru and Bolivia on 7-day work visas. Each weekend they go home, re-apply for a 7-day visa and come back for the work week.

    Arica is a fairly non-descript town in a valley between the sea and the desert. Normally, 'valley' suggests a river and although Arica technically has a river, it only has water a few days a year. The town has 3 buildings designed by Gustave Eiffel and a pleasant square with a few craft vendors. The most memorable feature however, is a large sand and rock cliff with a massive Chilean flag on the top. The driest desert in the world surrounds Arica on 3 sides but there is surprisingly little dust or sand in the air.

    I took a tour to the archeological museum and an olive farm; the others went to the desert to see giant sculptures; they also visited the museum.

    My tour started at a small replica village with a church and a group of small houses which now serve as artisanal workshops. Unfortunately, it was a bit early for the artists but we wondered around in the sunshine and visited a lovely small Catholic church. A notable feature of the church is the hand-painted stations of the cross, done by indigenous artists.

    Second stop was the Museo Arqueologico San Miguel de Azapa (archeological museum) with its display of mummies. These mummies include 2 of the oldest mummies in the world. They are from the Chinchorro Indian civilization. These 8,000 year old mummies continue to be found around Arica as the community spreads. The display was very well done, if a bit unsettling.

    Our last stop was an olive farm to learn about agriculture in the valley. The first 30 olive vines were sent by the King of Spain to the rulers of Peru (who controlled this area at that time). Only one plant survived to be planted. From that single vine has grown a robust olive industry, totally dependent on drip irrigation and water from deep wells. The water for irrigation comes from a canal originating in the Andes. The farmers join co-operatives and 'buy' access to the water which is monitored and restricted to a few hours on specific days. Olive trees send deep roots (as deep as they are tall) which presumably helps them find sources of deep ground water to supplement the irrigation. The farm we visited grew three types of olives (green, black and mullato) which are brined in large vats for 1-2 years. The pickers are 7-day visa workers from Peru and Bolivia; a good worker can pick 400 kilograms a day and earn $40-50 USD per day.

    From 1500-1700s, Africans were brought to Chile by the Spaniards as slave labour and to replace the declining native population disseminated by disease, natural events (like tsunamis) and pirates. At one point, 90% of the population of the valley was of African descent so many of the current citizens trace their lineage back to Africa.

    The farm we visited also grew mangoes, guavas, papaya and limes. The trees were full of hummingbirds which made for a lovely stop. But the main crop in this area is the hard, pink tomato genetically modified for long-distance shipping. Perhaps some of tasteless winter tomatoes come from this valley!

    On our trip back to the ship, we saw some geoglyphs on the side of the hills which were surprisingly clear and easy to see.

    While some of our group really liked the strange, moon-like look and feel of the desert, I found the monochromatic landscape and the lack of green unsettling. To me the surrounding desert and the degree of effort required to keep it at bay, seemed unnatural. Our guide (whose other job is as a clinical psychologist) tells us that anxiety and depression are the main emotional complaints in the adult population; that did not surprise me.
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  • Day52

    Cathedral San Marcos

    November 20, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We took a break from the SIM card search and went to the San Marcos cathedral near the main square. Its a nice wooden cathedral with nice colors painted on giving it a gingerbread cookie house kind of a look 😁

  • Day52

    Mobile phone registration

    November 20, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We decided to go to the mobile phone registration office to get our phones registered to work in Chile. We weren't sure if that would work but one of the agents on one of the mobile operator shops told us about it. The building was right next to the coast. The office was on the 5th floor. There we found out that they had closed for the day and would open at 9 am the next day. It was 2:30 pm, so we decided to have some food and plan our next few days.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arica, أريكا, Арика, Αρίκα, آریکا, אריקה, एरिका, Արիկա, ARI, アリカ, არიკა, 아리카, Arika, ਆਰੀਕਾ, Arėka, Аріка, אריקא, 阿列卡, 阿里卡

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