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Jul 26, 2010 - Chuquicamata

After spending most of a day researching how to get here we connected with the tourist office in San Pedro first thing today (Monday) and they gave us all the info necessary...for those in the vicinity: phone 055-322122 or visitas@cedelco.col to make reservations. We called and were lucky enuf to get into the 3:30 pm tour today...no room in any more tours thru the rest of the week! Hustling a bit we got the bus to Calama and w/ help from bus operator folks, got a colectivo to the new tour bus terminal (opened April 30, 2010). For those in...

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Jul 21, 2006 - Calama (06/07/06 & 10/07/06)

Calama est la ville principale de la région du désert de l'Atacama, au nord du Chili. Elle n'existe que par la présence de nombreuses mines de cuivre dans les environs. La mine de Chuquicamata, que nous avons pu visiter, est la plus grande de ces mines. C'est d'ailleurs la plus grande mine de cuivre à ciel ouvert du monde. Une centaine d'énormes camions miniers font perpetuellement la navette entre le fond de la mine et l'usine de traitement du minerai. A elle seule, cette mine produit 43% du cuivre chilien et représente 17% des exports...

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Jun 21, 2006 - San Pedro de Atacama

Deutsch Castellano --------- Wir befnden uns in der Wüste! San Pedro ist in einer kleinen Oase angesiedelt und das Städchen ist hübsch, modern und verdammt teuer! Rund herum befinden sich nichos außer Salzseen und -minen, Modlandschaften und den wunderschönen roten, rauen Bergen. Wir sind von der Schönheit der Natur total hingerissen. So mitten in der Wüste, der Kälte und Hitze, der rauen Natur, die hier schon seit Jahrtausenden existiert, gehen einem so einige Gedanken durch den Kopf und man fühlt sich auf einmal ganz klein, unbedeutend,...

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May 3, 2006 - Calama - A Quick Stopover

3/5 Calama is Chilean gateway to Bolivia. We stopped here to do our laundery, post, internet etc. Heading out of here at midnight. 3.5 Calama je v Cile a od tud je jednoduche se dostat do Bolivie. Nechali jsme si vyprat obleceni, poslali domu CDcka a skocili na internet. Dnes o pulnoci razime do Bolivie.

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Tripping 2005/06

Oct 17, 2005 - Chuquicamata - Besuch der grössten Tagbaukupfermine der Welt

An dem Tag sollte ich mich zum ersten Mal auf meiner Reise mit leichten Magenbeschwerden hermuschlagen müssen - sprich ich hatte etwas Durchfall gehabt und einen unangenehmen Druck in der Magengegend. Deshalb nam ich morgends, mittags und abends je eine Bioflorin Tablette um die Darmflora wieder auf Trab zu bringen und vor allem ass ich nur leichte Kost, sprich es gab nur Brot und eine Tasse Kokatee mit Rico Rico zum Frühstück und mittags und abends Reis. Rico Rico ist übrigens ein Strauch, welcher um San Pedro sehr häufig ist und der bei...

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Sep 16, 2005 - Salt Plains, Bolivia/Chile...Mountains, Snow, Flamingos

We all got out of bed in record breaking time. We were practically already dressed as we slept!! At breakfast time, the drivers would listen to their radio, to find out whether the border crossing near the Laguna Verde was opened. No luck. So we drove nothwards again, but on the road more to the west, in the direction of Chile. Though the day's scenery was quite different from the previous one, I can still only describe it to be of more mountains, sky, rocks, lakes, llamas and flamingos. Despite the cold night, I was feeling much better...

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Yat's Big Trip

Sep 6, 2005 - San Pedro de Atacama

a sleepy, laid-back gringo gathering spot in northern Chile. This oasis village with a pleasant tree-lined plaza offers a delightful bit of green and an addicting feel of laziness. We checked-in at the cozy B&B Incahuasi, explored the village and had a tasty late lunch at La Estaka (wow the prices here are high compared to Bolivia!). That eve we spent at "home" chatting and drinking red wine. Got up at 6 am to bike into the Valle de La Luna (15km west of San Pedro) for sunrise. The rest of the day I chilled out, took the nightbus to Arica...

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Apr 20, 2005 - Chile, Calama

16-04-05 On the way to La Serena I made a stop in Calama to pay a visit to Chuquicamata, the largest open cast coppermine in the world. With 8000 employees the annual output is around 50.000 tonnes/year. The pit has a depth of appr. 1 km. From Calama a highway goes in a straight line to Chuquimata, 12 km away, easily recognisable by the hills surrounding it, consisting of deposits of the trucks from the inside of the earth. The mine is a 24 hours operation, with a significant importance to the Chilean economy. The village surrounding the...

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Mar 26, 2005 - Atacama desert...cool is the word to describe it

As many of you know I've shortened my trip to deal with some graduate school stuff, so this is it..this is the last new place I am going to on my trip, and it was a good way to finish things. I arrived in San Pedro de Atacama by bus from Salta, which was a nice 11 hour busride thru the Andes mountains. There was a long section of the trip that we were on an altiplano over 15,000 ft. My 1st reaction to San Pëdro was not good. It is a dusty little village, with one story connected buildings that would never be noticed if not for its...

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Nov 24, 2004 - Calama

The bus from Bolivia dropped us in San Pedro de Atacama, but we decided to get moving and caught a bus to Calama. We stepped out of the bus in Calama and stepped into another world. It was a real chock. It was - like home, kind of. And we´ve apparently been away for quite long, cause we were overwhelmed by the cleanliness, that cars stop at red lights and that everything looks so "nice". The standard of living shot through the roof in a few hours and everyone had nice clothes, all the little ladies with big bundles of whatever on their...

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