Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wandering Wednesday – Arica, Chile

It’s dry but warm, especially this time of year. Northern coastal Chile is very dry. Actually the whole western coast of South America is dessert like. It’s the Eastern half that’s tropical and humid. It’s a good start off point to see the Incan geoglyphs and the Nazca lines. There’s also a nice Incan museum. Today we will start with some geoglyphs. Look for the llamas and people in the hillsides. Then we visit the garden at the museum, move on to a artisans market, and finish at the fort on the hill and a view of the fort from the sea. It’s tucked into the hill, but very well armed.

To set the mood, picture a warm dry breeze, a temperature of 85f with the sun shining. Aaaahhhhh. (Of course you have brought your sunscreen and parasol for comfort)

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Oh and don’t forget the big Jesus on the right of the fort hill. There was some kind of disagreement with Peru about who had a better hill top Jesus. That is why he is facing away from Peru, according to our guide. I hope you have enjoyed Arica.

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