A Travellerspoint blog

November 2019

Uyuni

And by bus to Uyuni in Bolivia. This is a very scenic bus ride, the road was good on the chilean side, but unsurfaced and bumpy on the bolivian side.
The pedestrian part of the Avenida Arce between the train station and the market has some tourist oriented restaurants and tour agencies otherwise the town is a bit rough.
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Had a trip to the Salar de Uyuni and the railway graveyard.
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Salar de Uyuni
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Avenida Arce
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Avenida Arce
I had planed to continue to Potosi, but there where also a lot of protests in Oruro, Cochabamba and other towns, and finding buses to these places was not possible at that time. So i did take a bus to San Pedro de Atacama.

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San Pedro de Atacama

By bus from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama with a long stop at the border.
San Pedro is a oasis in the Atacama, originaly populated by Indios, then discovered by some Hippies, today it is gentrified with the center in withe adobe buildings, shop and restaurant signs only in brown wood and no cars allowed. Around that adobe buildings and walls in brown, currogated iron you find only much further out.
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It is possible to make some trips by bicycle but this can be very tyring because of the sun.
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The Museo Gustavo la Paige, a small but very interesting museum has changed its location to the northern extensions of the Avenida Pedro de Valdivia in the Universidad Catholica del Norte.
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Arica

By overnight bus to Arica (i had originaly planed to go from Uyuni via La Paz and Cuzco to Arica and had a plane ticket from there to Santiago).
There where also protests in Arica and on my Last day there it would have not been possible to cross to border to Peru. But it is a nice town with a good beach and quite cold water.
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One of Gustave Eiffel's cast iron churches, the arcitectural highlight of Arica
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And some nice food at the waterfront
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And a peacefull (at least in Arica) revolution
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For railway fans, at the moment the only international rail service in Latin America

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Valparaiso

Had some time between my plane from Arica and my plane to Punta Arenas and went by bus to Valparaiso.
The bus terminal in Valparaiso is next to the Congreso National (parliament), i didn't see any demonstrater there but the air was full of teargas (when coming as well as when leaving). Valparaiso had some of the heaviest demonstrations.
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The famose Elevators were closed.
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Puerto Natales

From Valparaiso to Santiago Airport by direct bus then by plane to Punta Arenas and bus to Puerto Natales (also Punta Arenas had demonstrations).
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And a trip to Torres del Paine with a little sunshine in the morning and a lot of rain later on.
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