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  • Day228

    Pacific Road Ruta 1

    January 9, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Von Tocopilla fahre ich entlang des Pacific Richtung Norden nach Iquique. 200 Km zwischen Pacific und Atacama Wüste. Ein paar Häuser von Fischern, ein paar Zeltdörfen von Feriengästen, sonst nichts ausser wunderschöne Landschaft. Bis Iquique auftaucht, eine Grossstadt am Meer. Dies lebt vor allem von den Minen in der Wüste.Read more

  • Day229

    Humberstone

    January 10, 2020 in Chile ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Humberstone ist eine verlassene Salpeter Mine. Diese wurde 1872 gegründet und war bis 1960 in Betrieb. In den besten Zeiten lebten hier bis zu 3500 Personen in einer eigens gebauten Stadt mit Allem, Theater, Restaurant, Markt, etc. Heute ist das ganze Areal ein Freilicht Museum und steht auch unter UNESCO Welt Kultur Erbe.Read more

  • Day96

    Iquique - endlich wieder Strand

    January 14, 2019 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Zweiter Stop in Chile: die Küstenstadt Iquique im Norden, direkt an der Küste! ☀️

    Als wir uns nach 8 Stunden Busfahrt von San Pedro de Atacama über die letzten großen Berge und Sanddünen der Stadt nähern, begrüßt uns Iquique mit einer tollen Aussicht auf Hochhäuser, Strand und den Pazifik.
    Schön, wieder mal am Meer zu sein und richtig sommerliche Temperaturen zu haben. Wir können uns zwar bisher definitiv nicht über das Wetter beschweren, aber wir freuen uns. ☺️

    Im Zentrum hat Iquique noch mehr zu bieten als nur Beach und Skyline:
    in der Fußgängerzone fühlt man sich wie in einer alten Westernstadt. Im vorletzten Jahrhundert war nämlich der Abbau von Salpeter und Salz der wichtigste Wirtschaftszweig. Die Häuser sehen genauso aus und auch die uralte Straßenbahn rumpelt uns entgegen. Übrigens die wahrscheinlich langsamste Straßenbahn der Welt - jeder Fußgänger ist mindestens doppelt so schnell. 😂
    Dann gibt’s hier noch einen Fischmarkt. Klingt erst mal unspektakulär für eine Hafenstadt. Aber direkt am Markt im Wasser warten ca. 20 Seelöwen auf die Fischreste. Wenn ein Eimer davon über die Pier gekippt wird, kommen die trägen Riesen von einem Moment auf den anderen mächtig in Fahrt. Zusammen mit den Pelikanen und Möven wird dann um die besten Bissen gestritten. Und man selbst steht mit einem leckeren Becher frischem Ceviche nur 2 Meter daneben. Sehr cool. 👍

    Im Hafen beobachten wir am ersten Tag auch zwei lustige Typen auf einem Segelboot. Einer ist Meeresbiologe und der andere Berufstaucher und beide nehmen nebenbei Touristen mit zum Segeln. Sie erkennen sofort, dass sich Pit für ihr Boot interessiert 😉 und somit sind wir tags drauf bei Sekt, Käse und netten Gesprächen für drei Stunden mit an Bord und segeln bei ordentlich Wind und vorbei an riesigen Frachtschiffen vor Iquique.

    Da passt es perfekt ins Programm, dass wir am selben Tag auch noch den originalgetreuen Nachbau der „Corbeta Esmeralda“ anschauen. Einem prächtigen Segel-bzw. Dampfschiff von 1865 aus dem Spanisch-Südamerikanischem Krieg (ja Teile dieses Satzes stammen von Wikipedia 🤓). Die Führung ist zwar auf Spanisch, aber das Schiff ist auch ohne alle Details zu wissen sehr beeindruckend.

    Für Pit geht’s in Iquique auch mal in die Luft. Die Stadt gilt wegen ihrer Lage und der damit verbundenen stabilen Thermik als Mekka für Paraglider. Zu den hervorragenden Bedingungen kommen auch noch günstige Preise und somit ist ein Flug ein Muss. Gestartet wird auf einem Berg hinter der Stadt und man landet atemberaubend am pazifischen Strand. Zu Pit und dem Paragliding-Instructor gesellen sich in der Luft sogar Adler 🦅. Was für ein Erlebnis!

    Bei so viel zu tun, müssen wir uns erst mal am Strand entspannen. 😬 Das steht für den letzten Tag auf dem Plan. Und dann geht’s auch schon runter nach Patagonien 👋 Immer dem Sommer entgegen...
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    Liette Stirn

    You are really very lucky to live all these adventures!!!

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  • 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

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Lo,the face pack has really worked.

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    😎😎😎😎😉

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  • Day58

    Red river

    November 26, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    The scenic route continued till the highway 15-CH between Chile and Bolivia. On the way, at Escapiña, the Rio Sitani was red with an algae that blooms in November. It looked like the Crystal River in Colombia. It was a very unique sight. We stopped for a while to take pictures and then continued on to the highway. There, we turned left to Colchane.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    The maintenance cost of vehicles including tyres costs must be very high due to b bad condition of roads.

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yup.. That's why the rentals are costing almost the same as in Europe despite these being cheaper countries.

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  • Day59

    Off from Pica

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ 🌫 27 °C

    Around 3 pm, we decided to go for lunch. We checked at the counter and were told that we could go out and come back on our tickets as long as it was within 2 hours. We went outside the thermas. Just across was a restaurant serving food. We went in with our wet swimming shots and barefoot/water sandals since we didn't want to change, dress up again and then change back again to swimming shorts. But that was ok in the heat of the day😉😎😎
    We were back in the pool within an hour and then continued with the fun. By now, there were many more people in the pool. We went out at about 5:30 pm, picked up our laundry and then our bags at the hotel and were off.
    The plan was to go towards Iquique and on the way see the geoglyphs of cerro pintados. Then just sleep any place along the highway when it gets dark. That way, we could see the Humberstone ghost town on the way back to Arica next day.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    Haristo is a Brahmin as he is wearing JANEO.😀😀😀

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    😂😂😂😂

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  • Day57

    Magical night at Pollequere hot springs

    November 25, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    We reached Pollequere hot springs and parked our vehicle near the springs. There was steam from the hot springs that we could see in the moonlight. We used the lights of the vehicle to look around the place and decided to park it just behind a low wall there to protect from the strong winds of the altiplano.
    Hristo was quite tired and it was quite cold outside so he decided to sleep immediately while I kept looking at the stars and was tempted to go out and take pictures. In the end, the draw of the stars was too much. I took out my tripod and took some lovely pictures of billions and billions of stars shining over the salt plains. The moon was about a half full and the light was too much to capture the beauty of the starry night that the eyes saw. It was stunning!! Magical!! Words or pictures just can't describe what the eyes saw. It was a clear dark sky, there were so many stars that there was hardly a spec of darkness where I couldn't see a star or a shining dot. The milky whiteness from the moonlight added to the mystic effect of the night. As I moved around with my tripod taking pictures of the stars from different places and angles, I thought I saw mysterious flashes beyond the horizon on the Northern side behind the hills. They almost looked like flashes of lightning during a storm but without the lightning visible. Just hazy flashes of light beyond the hills. I thought I must have imagined it.
    In the night it became quite cold and both of us woke up to take out warmer jackets and fleece to wear. By now, the moon had set behind the hills towards the South and the only light was from the billions of stars in the sky. It was an undescribable spectacle. Niw, even the Milky Way was visible directly above the vehicle but it was too cold to step out and try and take pictures. It was then that we both saw those mysterious flashes again and we saw them at the same time. So, we were sure now that it was not a work of imagination and that there actually were something going on. The vehicle was pointed towards the North and we saw these light flashes in that direction.
    After about an hour or so of sleep, it became extremely cold. It was about 2 am. We could feel it was below freezing and even with our winter jackets and fleece, we were feeling cold inside the vehicle. We turned on the engine and the heater for about 30 min. It became nice and cozy inside. The windows cleared up and we again saw those mysterious flashes in the sky but still not even a spec of clos anywhere. It was a bit unreal to see flashes in the sky with no clouds anywhere. It was so bright with the lights of the gazillions of stars that I was able to take a picture of the night sky with even my cellphone.

    After that, we slept for a few hours more when it again got very cold by around 5 am. I turned on the engine again for another 30 min and we were able to sleep for some more time.
    It was in the morning only that we were able to confirm that it had been below freezing in the night when we saw ice on top of even the hot water springs where they were shallow.
    It had been an uncomfortable and freezing cold night but, one, that I would not exchange for anything else in the world. It had been the most amazing and magical places and nights I've ever experienced.
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    Shuchi Arora

    Amazing

    12/3/17Reply
    Shuchi Arora

    I wish I would have been there

    12/3/17Reply
    Vijay kumar Dang

    I find an Alien outside the glass window,(just magnify & see) 👹👹💀💀👽👽👽👽. Who else you will find at such places? The light flashes...............aliens must be doing ATISHBAJI,somewhere at a distance.👀. 👁👁👁👁. ☠☠☠

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  • Day59

    Apart Hotel Pozo Almonte

    November 27, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    At 9:30 pm, we reached Pozo Almonte. We stopped at Apart Hotel amd liked the rooms. The rent too was reasonable at 35000 CLP and there was enough space for parking our vehicle inside the compound. The rooms were like cabanas with a sitout a common living room with TV and refrigerator and 2 bedrooms. The evening tea and breakfast was included in the price which was perfect simce we wouldn't need to go around trying to find a place to eat. Another good thing was that the Humberstone ghost town that we wanted to visit the next day was just 5 kms away.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Cosy,perfect place for wanderers .👍🏼👍🏼

    12/5/17Reply
    Vijay kumar Dang

    Hot tea also there.💃🏼💃🏼🎄🎄

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    Yup

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  • Day60

    Off to Humberstone ghost town

    November 28, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    We woke up at 8:30 am and had breakfast at the cafeteria. By the time we finished breakfast and had a shower and packed, it was already 11 am. We went straight to Humberstone. There was a movie shoot going on near the entrance.

    Humberstone is a former mining town in the Atacama Desert, a few hundred kilometres from Chile's borders with Peru and Bolivia.
    It was named after James Humberstone, a British chemical engineer who emigrated to South America in 1875.
    He made his fortune from saltpetre, which was dug out of caliche - the nitrate-rich crust of the desert - and used to make fertilizer.
    For a while in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, almost all the saltpetre in the world came from the Atacama Desert. It was known as "white gold" and was in huge demand in the industrialising countries of Europe, which needed fertilizer to help grow food for their rapidly expanding populations.
    Founded in 1872, it was originally known as La Palma and in its heyday was home to around 3,500 people.
    When World War One broke out, the British blockaded exports of saltpetre to Germany.
    That prompted the Germans to look for alternatives, and they invented synthetic substitutes that could be used to make fertilizer. Suddenly, no-one needed Chilean nitrate anymore and the industry collapsed.
    These days, Humberstone is a ghost town. No-one has lived or worked here for half a century. But in the dry desert air it has been well preserved. You can still see the old company store where the workers bought their food and provisions. Humberstone is now a United Nations World Heritage Site.

    It was 11:30 by now. We saw there was a guide tour at 12:30 pm. It would be in Spanish but still better than no explanation at all. Instead of wasting time here, we decided to go to its twin ghost town Santa Laura. This is where the extracted saltpeter used to be processed. There is no guided tour here and it is much smaller than Humberstone. The entrance to this place is also included in the ticket. We decided to spend an hour here and then come back before the tour start.
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    Vijay kumar Dang

    Some of these things are also with us as sovenier.😉😉

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    😉😉😉 display them and charge a fee to see

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  • Day60

    To Santa Laura

    November 28, 2017 in Chile ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    This small place was a working place with no residential accommodation. This is where the saltpeter was processed after extraction. The dry desert atmosphere has preserved all the buildings and machinery.Read more

    Vijay kumar Dang

    Just imagine ,a Chemical engineer in 1885 ,very high level of education at that time & he must have his trained teachers also. Great it is.

    12/5/17Reply
    The Craze for Travelling

    👍👍👍

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