Chilling in Chile
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For once an uneventful journey took us from Arequipa to Tacna (playing bingo for a free bus trip!) before catching the train across the Peru-Chile border to Arica. I say train, it was only the one carriage with the engine at the front and a top speed not far above walking. Good fun though and did the job.
Arriving in Arica we randomly met a Dutch guy who happened to live opposite the hostel we were planning to stay at, so he walked us there back along the train tracks that ran through the beach. Very helpful indeed, as not sure we would have found the hostel otherwise. We settle into our dorm having met Ross (kiwi owner with his Chilean wife - Sarah felt at home) before heading out to a supermarket to pick up some food for dinner and a nice bottle of red wine.
Wednesday begins and with it our last two weeks in South America - slightly strange thought that. Few practical jobs to be done like checking out, buying bus tickets etc before we head out to explore the town. Back at sea level means my lungs no longer burn at the slightest sign of uphill, which makes for a welcome change. First stop is the Fishermans Wharf and local fish market. Real attraction, however, is the colony of sea lions and pelicans who sit a few feet away waiting for the scraps that are duly thrown to them. We spend a fair bit of time just sitting and watching, enjoying the feeding frenzy.
Heading onwards we wander the streets of the centre, finding a cafe for lunch before heading up El Morro, a big hill overlooking the city. Good views out, especially of the port with all the lorries and containers lined up nicely. Final stop for the day is the beach (hooray!) for some more relaxing. Sarah can now say she's swam on both sides of the pacific, with just the middle to go.
Slightly sad to be leaving so soon, but as ever time is against us meaning we'll rush on south.