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  • Day58

    Pica oasis

    November 26, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    We reached Pica just before 8 pm. After Salar de Huasco, the topology changed to that of deserts. There were huge sand dunes all around us. Some part of the road passed midway up the dunes. There was sand all over the road.
    We reached just before sunset and saw Pica as a green oasis in the middle of the desert.

    Pica is a Chilean town and commune in Tamarugal Province, Tarapacá Region. Situated in the inland of the Atacama Desert on an oasis, Pica is famous for its small and unusually acidic lemons. The town has a communal spring with a surface temperature of 40 °C, which makes it a popular bath place in the middle of the desert. It has hotels and all basic services.

    It took us quite a while to find a place to stay. All the hotels and hostels marked on had closed down. It seems that its not a populace place for an overnight. The ones that were left were either too expensive or fully occupied.
    Eventually, we found a really lovely place (Hotel Rucaru) at 35000 CLP for a night. The rooms were small but very clean and well appointed. It also had a private bathroom. We checked in and went for dinner at Gato Rapido (Fast Cat) to have dinner. After that, it was sleep time. Since we had woken up quite early and had not slept that well the previous night, we requested our breakfast at 10 am and slept.
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  • Day59

    Around Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    After waking up late, we had our breakfast and checked out. We left our bags at hotel and the vehicle parked outside and went for a walk around the town. Tge first stop was to drop our dirty clothes off at a laundry. We managed to negotiate a return time of 5 pm. After that we walked across the town to the thermal springs.Read more

  • Day59

    In the thermal pool, Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    We went into the pool at around 1:15 pm. The water was nice and warm. It was very pleasant to swim in the hot afternoon sun. Inside one of the cave, we saw 2 women scraping the inside of the rock cave with stones and used the paste so formed, as a mud pack on the face. There were marks of scraping everywhere, all the way to the back of the cave and even on the rocks outside.Read more

  • Day59

    Facepacks on the guys

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    Having nothing else to do till we get our laundry back at 5 pm, we decided to follow the locals and try the mud packs. We found some stones and started rubbing them on the rock inside the cave. We used the paste to cover our faces 😁Read more

  • Day59

    Underwater in the cave

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 0 °C

    My phone the Samsung Galaxy S7 is waterproof so I tried using it for underwater photography. The results were quite lovely actually.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Pica, 피카, Piqa, Пика, 皮卡

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