Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
12Trip End Mar 31, 2008
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Woke up nice and late, out of the hotel room by 10am plenty of time left in the day to make it across the border and into my next country. Made my way to the international bus station to get my ride. Now there are three ways to get across; 1-Bus, 2-Combi, 3-Train.
To the more astute reader you may realize 3 wasnt in the picture at this point. I decided against it because it is slower and costs more. It came to a toss up between 1 and 2. WEll lucky for me the decision was pretty much made for me when I walked in to the terminal and some guy approached me with rough english "You go chile? Come with me, only 12 soles"
I waited around while they prepared my papers and waited for enough people to fill up the car. Within about 20 mins we were off. It wasnt far to the border from the station but to my surprise that 12km was full of excitement. We were cruising along until, SCREEECH....BANG. Our excellent driver managed to rear end the car in front of us. Even though he saw the car coming he still manage to hit it. Lucky for us inside it wasnt very hard, unlucky for him the front of the car was wrecked. He stormed out of the car and started making a big fuss blaming the guy in front when it was without a doubt his fault. The rest of us waited around for a new car and after a few mins we got picked up.
Crossing the border went without incident but not without a painstaking wait in line and an unexpected $10 dollar charge to leave Peru of which I barely had enough money to pay for. I should mention at this point I am glad I didnt take the bus. I saw a bus getting processed while I was waiting in line. The whole thing took about 3 times as long and involved drug and fruit sniffing dogs, a bigger line and more hassle in general.
I arrived in to Arica and it turned out to be a pretty nice city. Nothing spectacular but it had a nice pedestrian mall and a lookout over the city and harbour you could walk up to. With plans to take off early morning I didnīt stay out too late and didnt see much else of the city.