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  • Day137

    Road trip Lago Chungara

    September 29, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    A l'auberge Pachamama à Putre, nous avons rencontré Alex et Cami, qui avaient loué une voiture pour visiter les environs. Ainsi nous avons pu réaliser un petit roadtrip à travers les dernières limites du Chili jusqu'à la frontière Bolivienne où ils nous ont déposé !Read more

  • Day57

    South to Salar de Surire

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Laguna Chungará is just 5 kms from the border of Bolivia. We managed to inch forward among the trucks and take the right exit to go South. We could see the queue of the trucks going all the way to Bolivia.
    We didn't have a booking for any place for that night amd there were major villages in this region. It was about 5 pm now, so we had about 3 hours of driving before it became too dark. The nearest town where we knew we could definitely find a place to stay was at Colchane, another border town about 200 kms away with the drive all the way through in the altiplano.
    We knew we would be quite late to reach there, so we decided to try staying at one of the Conaf (road and tourism authorities) place near Salar de Surire about 100 kms away. I had read about it in one of the blogs and we also found it on the Maps.me gps. This would be perfect for us since we had Salar Surire as our next destination in the itinerary, so basically, we could just get up the next morning and drive around the Surire salt plains.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    What is being exported to Bollvia?

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Minerals, seafood and other stuff from the harbors in Chile since Bolivian doesn't have a coast.

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  • Day57

    Suris and vicuñas

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    A few kms on our journey South, we saw Suris, also called Rheas or Ñandú, a flightless bird like the Ostrich. There were heards of Vicuñas also nearby. It seems they seem to enjoy a symbiotic relationship since we had never seen the Rheas without the vicuñas being in the vacinity. The route was quite scenic but we were a bit hungry as well. We had had biscuits and some juice but no proper lunch and it seemed that we might not get dinner as well since we had started late in the morning and wouldn't be able to make it to Colchane as planned.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Is this the border post?

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    No, just a random small memorial in the countryside.

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  • Day57

    Fooooooddd

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    About 30 kms from the junction near Chungará lake where we had turned South, we were driving on gravel road all the way. There were quite a few trucks going on the road. At one of the tiny village of about 5 huts called Ancuta, we saw 3 big trucks parked near the huts. We guessed that it could be a place where the truck drivers stop to eat food. We decided to stop and check it out.
    Its amazing, one of the 5 huts in the village was a restaurant. Of course, there were no boards or signs but the truck drivers just knew about it. We too stopped and had our meal there. I was able to get some rice, salad and eggs in the vegetarian version of the meal.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    This small village with 5 huts is electrified,great.

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yup :)

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  • Day57

    Refueling time

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    By the time we finished our meal and started again, it was 7 pm, we were still 60 kms from the Salar Surire. The fuel light turned on. We were running on the last 5 L of fuel now. We decided to stop and refuel from the tanks we were carrying. We had 40L in the tanks and we had done our calculations that this would be enough to get us back to one of the towns where there was a fuel station. So, we emptied one of the tanks into the vehicle and started on the way again. The fuel gauge now showed slightly more than half a tank of fuel.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    To me it seems ,you guys have been contracted to explore the areas for their future marketing😀😀

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    🤣🤣🤣

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  • Day57

    Parinacota & Pomerape

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    A bit further from the Las Cuevas stop, there are 3 viewpoints with descriptions about the mountains and the flora and fauna in the region. After we crossed a small ridge, we could see the majestic Parinacota and Pomerape volcanoes. Both the volcanoes are on the Chile - Bolivia border. Parinacota is 6348 mts high and in the shape of a perfect cone. It has a crater on the top. Pomirape is a bit smaller amd is 6282 mts high.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Just like Mount Fuji of Japan?

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yup

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  • Day57

    Parinacota village

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Our initial plan was to park at Parinacota village and then trek to the Cotacotani lake viewpoint. We were at a pretty high altitude now and climbing just a few steps to the viewpoint made us breathless. At the viewpoint, we realized that the distance to the lookout was about 4.5 kms. This would take us about 2.5 hrs to go and come back in the searing heat of the high altitude sun and with no trees or any shade anywhere. We came down into the village to ask around if we could take our 4x4 vehicle all the way. As usual in Bolivia, Peru and now in Chile, the tourist office was closed. We've not even once found any of them open at any hour in any of the 3 countries we have visited till now.
    The office was closed. The staff was sitting in a jeep outside but made no effort to indicate that they worked there. We actually thought they were some local tourists. We walked to the lake at the end of the village and it was only when we were returning we saw one of them go into the office. We managed to get a few seconds with him but we were told that the office was closed and that we could take our vehicle to the lookout point.
    We started the drive and had to use the 4x4 at a few places. At one point our gravel track ended and there were small sand hills formed by another gravel track running perpendicular to our road. There was a board indicating entry for authorized persons only. We had no where else to turn to so we drove on over these sand hills onto the other track and started driving in one of the directions which we felt was almost towards the direction we wanted to go to. After driving for a few seconds, we realized we were going perpendicular and away from our marked track on the map. There was no one else on this road and we ended up 2 kms away from the village with another board indicating that we had been in a forbidden zome again. (As with every trip of ours this has to happen 😉).
    We drove back to the village, now on the legal road amd decided to continue further on the main road to the roadside viewpoint of the same lake.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    There is no vegetation,no trees etc. What are these villagers doing there,how the earn their livelihoods?If you say the tourists,then no tourist offices & not at all tourist friendly. Seems they have sold their sites with exaggerated marketing information.

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    They live as shepards with their herds of llamas and alpacas. Others work in some public sector departments with postings here 😉

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  • Day57

    Missed Cotacotani Lake

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    On the way out of the Parinacota village we saw a forked road, both leading to the main road. There was a board indicating that the road to the right was for authorized personnel only and we realized that we had used that one when going towards the village. 😜😜😜 That made it twice in half a day when we had been driving on unauthorized roads. In any case no one had stopped us and neither of us had seen the no entry sign when going towards the village.
    Once back on the main road, Hristo set up the Cotacotani viewpoint on the gps and we continued on our journey. A few kms away, we saw a huge que of trucks on the road. We were not sure about the reason but presumed it to be the checkpoint for trucks on the Bolivia border with Chile. We drove past them and after driving 2-3 kms found out that the trucks had been stopped due to road repair work and the que would open on our side in about 10-15 min.
    After a few minutes, the road opened and we continued further along with the trucks. We saw some views of Cotacotani lake on the left of the road but continued driving to the point marked in the gps. After a few kms we could see the lake no more and Hristo realized that the gps had not been working properly and that we had missed the lake altogether.
    Just at that point, we saw a track going down to the left and back towards the lake's direction. We turned around there and started downwards on the rough gravel road.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    How you felt here, after seeing sumoriri lake in Leh?

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    All the altiplano is like ladakh. Its very beautiful.

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  • Day57

    Cotacotani viewpoint

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌬 3 °C

    After all that drama, we tried to take some pictures of the reflection of the Parinacota volcano in the Cotacotani lake but it was quite windy and we couldn't see the reflection. After that, we drove back to the main road towards the viewpoint. Here, again, we had to join the queue off the trucks waiting for the road repair. Luckily, the queue started in a few minutes and then a km away, we were able to drive off the road for a few meters to the view point. The views were amazing. We spent a few minutes taking pictures and enjoying the view and then were able to get back to the end of the truck queue and continued further along the road.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Other than you two & Vicunas ,we donot see any visitors around? Vicunas must be happy to see the visitors?

    12/3/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    🤣🤣🤣 yeah we were the only ones there.

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  • Day57

    Vehicle makeover

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    The previous day, while driving back from the Suri Plaza, we had lost the front grill of our vehicle due to the broken roads and the heavy shaking of the vehicle. The sounds made by our old vehicle and the soft landing on the sand road had meant that we completely missed when it happened. We first noticed the gaping hole in front, in the morning when we came out to drive away.
    Our 2nd stop of the day was at Las Cuevas. Here we saw an abandoned Nissan jeep with only 1 tyre out of the 4. All the internal parts seemed to have been taken away. This looked like it was left there after all the claims had been done. This vehicle gave us an idea and pretty soon, we had a nice new grill on our vehicle 😁😁😁
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    Jurado mistri SE le gayi gaari to aise he chalni theee.😀

    12/2/17Reply
    Vijay kumar Dang

    Thought Haristo lost his front tooth due to bad roads,he is hiding something.

    12/2/17Reply
    Vijay kumar Dang

    This is the result of your stay on Friday in room no.13. Good luck.👍🏼👍🏼

    12/2/17Reply
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