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Iquique to Arica / Border, Chile - 5hrs By Bus In No-Mans Land

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Chile travel blog by Mark Berman - May 2009 May 2014   » View Photoset (13 Photos)

Mark Berman, South America backpacker for over 12yrs!
From Iquique to Arica is around a 5hr journey through a rocky and mountainous wilderness. The long and winding road weaves its way through the bleak and barren no man's land, the huge faces of rock are hard to comprehend. About 3hrs into the journey the bus stopped at a little sandwich and helados (icecream) stand called Donde Pepe, some locals came aboard with food at one point too. Later in the journey some green valleys did start to appear. I did see something interesting on a hill as the bus got closer to Arica, a set of monuments, weird looking things, several meters high. We passed by settlements in treeless valley areas high on the road above and soon after arrived in Arica just as it was getting dark.

Co-op Taxi to Tacna

Once in Arica I walked nearby to the co-op taxi and bus terminal to Tacna in Peru. The Peruvian's were busy packing up their goods that they sell in Chile during the day and heading back to Peru. I booked a co-op taxi to Tacna.


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Iquique to Arica / Border, Chile - 5hrs By Bus In No-Mans Land. A trip north through barren and bleak terrain of huge grey mountains up to Arica, this is nowhereland baby!