Sunday, 8 January 2012

San Pedro de Atacama To Antofagasta, on our way to Santiago

Wednesday 4th January

As we leave San Pedro we again see the fabulous rock formations that help to make this town such a tourist trap, we could have done with longer here but we need to push on towards Santiago.

This area of the Aticama desert is BIG in mining, the train that runs parallel to the road carries Copper sheet & tanks of Sulfuric Acid used in the extraction process from ore.

At a fuel stop we come across this shovel, I told you mining was big!!

We ordered some new tires but it looks like DHL may have cocked up!!

Two thirds of the trip gone as we pass the ‘Tropic of Capricorn’, another milestone passed in the middle of the desert & about 8000km to go.

Antofagasta is a standard port town but the local dogs sure seem to like the statue in the street as a place to sleep, this is the regional capital & was once part of Bolivia until the Pacific War with Chile at the end of the 19th century.

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