Chile Journals

Driest Desert

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A travel journal to Chile by SeenThat

Atacama Desert Photo, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile More Photos
Quote: On an urban oasis amidst the only lifeless region on earth and more.

La Paz to Iquique

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Attraction | "A Most Spectacular Road"

Iquique Photo, Chile, South America
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Our first impression of a place often depends on our arrival direction. Few first sights compare to La Paz and Mount Illimani as seen while arriving from the Andean High Plateau, or Rio de Janeiro from the air during the sunrise or sunset. Venice from the mainland train and Hong Kong f...Read More

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Atacama Desert

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Attraction | "Driest Desert on Earth"

Atacama Desert Photo, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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I’ve seen a lot of deserts in my life. My country features several types of them: rocky and sandy, flat and undulated and even a powdery one. I’ve seen frozen deserts covered with snow in China and even a surprising mini-desert in the tropics caused by deforestation in northern Cambodia. I crossed the ...Read More

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Atacama Desert
Pacific Coast, Northern Chile
San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Interlude: Chilean E-Spanish

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Atacama Desert Photo, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
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I have reviewed several South American countries until now. Invariably, on the paper they all seem similar. They use Spanish or Portuguese as main languages, where ruthlessly colonized by Spain or Portugal, eradicated native cultures, gained independence early in the 19th century and since then experienced incredible amounts and types of inner violence. All these are true, but once on the ground things look different.Food is heavily influenc...Read More

Iquique

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Attraction | "Sunken Emerald"

Iquique Photo, Chile, South America
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Iquique (pronounced Ee-kee-keh) is a commercial hub with a big port serving northern Chile and Bolivia; its beaches have a reputation for being Chile’s best. If arriving from the Andean High Plateau – as suggested in the first entry of this journal – the traveler may be worried about the weather by the ocean, especially during the winter; however, the area’s weather is mild during the entire year. Moreover, also the wild sun radiation on the plateau disappears once the seashore is reached. Eventually, the traveler would be left at Iquique’s bus terminal. It is a bit far from the town’s central plaza, but walk...Read More

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Arica

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Attraction | "Ultimate Outpost"

El Morro de Arica Photo, Chile, South America
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Even if deciding not to adopt the approach proposed in this journal while visiting Iquique, most travelers would find themselves passing through Arica, unless making a round trip to Iquique from central Chile. Not stopping at Arica - or just stopping at the terminus for a short time - is possible but not recommended. After having made a long way to one of the truly unique spots on this planet, it is worth stopping and taking a good look. Arica is small - much smaller than its neighbor to the south - but it still has good sights of the titanic encounter between the driest desert on earth and the largest ocean, good beaches and an eerie feeling of being on an isolated military outpost. Given the history...Read More

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