No Clever Title... It's too dry here
Trip Start Feb 03, 2013
19Trip End Mar 23, 2013
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We were driven to the middle of nowhere, about a half hour out of town, where a university professor decided to erect four huge concrete "statues": a man, a woman, the universe, and a uterus. Our bus was greeted by a small band of musicians and dancers in traditional "bird" costumes
The Geoglyphs were next. These are large pictures made by placing stones in a pattern, on the sides of mountains.They are very very old and now maintained and restored by the university as a part of the culture. They were created to guide travellers in search of the coast...water. The glyphs depicting animals, most often llamas, usually face the ocean. There is one modern one of the Coca-cola logo. So here we were in this small, extremely dusty parking area, barely big enough for a bus, but there was still room enough for a small stand selling Chilean wine.
Next stop was the Archealogical Museum. It houses amazingly well preserved mummies and artifacts that pre date Egyptian mummies. We were told that the dry, salty soil and the elaborate embalming methods are to thank for the preservation of these historical treasures
The town of Arica was next on the tour. We visited the church, which seems to be a required stop in every town in this part of the world. This church is made of metal, except for the door, which is wood. Originally commissioned for a town in Peru, It was built at Eiffel's workshop in France, shipped to South America, re-routed and assembled in Arica. After the church stop, we said goodbye to the tour guide and went around on our own.
The main shopping street in Arica is a pedestrian mall that starts out with a craft market and McDonalds and goes for a half dozen blocks towards the mountains. It was Sunday so almost everything was closed. We bought more sunscreen at the pharmacia and were served by a very pleasant man who spoke English very well. We thought we would like to sample the local cuisine but because most places were closed, our only choices were pizza or hot dogs so we passed.
After walking up and down the street we veered left and walked along the coast for a bit, turned around and headed back to the ship.
Annette & Peter
What do you call a ship twitching at the bottom of the ocean?
A nervous wreck