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Sep 29, 2011 - Day 11 - Antofagasta. Win big at the Casino but not enought to stay in Chile

Did the walking tour around the silver smelter today. Not sure why silver, the rocks around the museum look more like copper type ore by the pretty blue and green colours. If you like eating late, Chile will be your dream place. Most restaurants don't open till 8:00PM. Might as well eat when you are really hungry. Had to kill time so we went to the Casino. The trick is knowing when to walk away. We hit a couple of good streaks. OK not enough to stay in Chile but enough for supper tonight, tomorrow and the next night. Conference is...

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Sep 28, 2011 - Day 10 Woke to the sound of soldiers

Today we woke to the sound of Chilean soldiers doing their morning run and chant as they ran past the hotel. The army base is just out back from our hotel room, Always nice when you can see 2-3 tanks from your hotel room. If they start moving we know there is going to be a change in the government. Walked along the streets and saw a Moai statue (yeah its a small one). Similar to the ones they have on Easter Island just off continental Chile. We are not going to make it to Easter Island over our holidays, so it is the best we are going to...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Day 9 - Walk along the Boardwalk next to the ocean

Took an evening walk along the ocean boardwalk the stretches for several kilometres to the south of town. Saw a mural made up of numerous types of seashells. A variety of birds can be seen along the shoreline including gulls, cormorants and pelicans. Passed by the Huanchaca Ruins which are the remains of one of the oldest silver foundries of the country. This particular site located in Antofagasta was closed in 1912.

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Sep 26, 2011 - Day 9 - Antofagasta - near hotel

Went for a long walk along the beach near the hotel. Nice little church with a Spanish theme. Huge crashing waves. A bit of everything from rocky shores to beaches. Tried to order a coffee at McDonald's today, but got an orange juice instead. We went to a Chilean version of YIG. they sold furniture, clothes, groceries and wine for two bucks a bottle. Took a community taxi to the downtown section tonight. This type of taxi has a defined route, you flag him down, jump in, pay him some small amount of money and get off later on the route....

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Sep 24, 2011 - Day 7 - Flew from Santiago to Antofagasta

Said goodby to Santiago. Must say the people in Santiago are very polite and helpful. Today we flew from Santiago, north along the Chilean coast to Antofagasta. The view from the plane was amazing as we could see the immense size of the snow covered Andes. Chilean airliners are different from those in Canada. They hand out free beer like pop, give designer cookies rather than pretzels. When we landed in Antofagasta, it was another cultural shock. The area is more desert like. You have to look hard to find a blade of grass. Lots of sand and...

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Mar 5, 2009 - Antofagasta

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD Can you imagine a place with a more interesting name? We were really looking forward to being able to say to ourselves that we had been to Antofagasta. However, when we did our research in the Lonely Planet, we learned that there is not much to the city and the surrounding area that can’t be enjoyed from the window of an air-conditioned bus as we passed by. The port handles most of the minerals from the Atacama desert and is still a major import-export port for Bolivia, which once claimed the region as its own...

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Mar 4, 2009 - The Pan-American Highway

@@@@@@@ KAPOORS ON THE ROAD I don’t believe that nature makes ugly scenery. Many people warned us that our long bus rides along the Pan-American Highway through northern Chile would be boring. Quite the contrary! Anil and I willed ourselves to stay awake during the eight-hour trip from Copiapo to Angofagasta so that we wouldn’t miss any of the constantly changing desert scenery. I have included a few photos on my journal to try and give you a sense of what we saw. The only photo that I wasn’t able to take because we didn’t anticipate its...

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Feb 12, 2009 - La traversé du desert d'Atacama (en camion)

Nous ne faisons aujourd'hui que 175km. Nous gardons la grande traversee de pur desert pour demain. Nous restons dans le village minier de Chañaral, ou nous faisons une superbe nuit a la belle etoile sur un rocher en hauteur du village. Le lendemain nous faisons les 400km jusqu'a la prochaine ville. Que du desert et encore du desert. Les chiliens en sont fiers car comme on nous le repete 100mille fois: l'Atacama, c'est le desert le plus haride du monde! Effectivement il y aurait des zondes ou il n'a pas plu depuis l'arrivee des espagnols il...

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Apr 6, 2008 - Antofagasta - fitba day

After a bit of struggling with Chilean airline websites and client services (the latter only because there was no-one available to speak English), I set off for the much awaited tie between Antofagasta and Universidad de Chile. Regarding client services however of Sky Airline, the lady on the other end of the phone just needed a bit of confidence and then I got her to speak English. Winner! It still took 20 minutes to sort out my flight mind you and that´s after about 30 mins with the site knocking me back. As well as Spanish I really must...

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Apr 3, 2008 - Antofagasta

Hola, Had an impressive moment of clarity yesterday and another one today! Let me explain. The whole point of going to San Pedro de Atacama (SPDA) was to head to Bolivia - this was a little secret I was holding back on all of you. A four day trip was on offer which I had been told about by someone in the South of Chile. Got to SPDA to discover it was on offer by about 3 agents (and not just the one Rough Guide mentioned)and that every man and his chico was doing the trip and I could only get to go today getting back to SPDA on Sunday. A...

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Dec 6, 2005 - Iquique and arrive in Antofagasta to meet pachamamabybus tour

5 hours bus ride to another port city, AntoFagasta, hoping to hook up with my tour bus. That tour is at www.pachamamabybus.com. PachaMama is a local indian word for mother earth. Spanish is getting better. So yesterday since there wasnt much to see in town and I had already read 3 books I decided to jump off a perfectly good mountain with nothing but a chilean and a thin sheet of nylon attached to me. And for this I got the pleasure of paying $60 bucks. It was actually a pretty amazing experience, paragliding I am talking about, not being...

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Sep 20, 2005 - Antofagasta, Chile...Waiting for a Way Out

Paul, whom I had met in San Pedro, kindly offered me free accommodation, and the unlimited use of hot water, kitchen facility etc. in his flat in Antofagasta - until I have figured out where I would go next. Though his bus was leaving in the afternoon, and I was leaving first thing in the morning with Sebastian, he trusted his key to his old friend. Upon arrival at Antofagasta - a port town, we quickly asked at a couple of bus companies for the situation on crossing to Salta, Argentina. No luck - road was blocked, and they didn't know when...

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