ONE GRAND MARQUIS TO CHILE PLEASE
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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The next day we were basically having to wing it and hopefully make it across the boarder in time to get another bus to the beach town of Iquique, Chile. So, we got up and had a great breakfast at a diner next door (we got egg, ham and cheese) all on the same sandwich!!
Brian and I rode in the front seat with the driver, who was a really great guy and who played Dito and various 80's music for us on his CD player. An older woman and her two children were in the back seat. The collectivo was an old Grand Marquis with an automatic transmission converted to manual (aka pretty sweet ride - Dad, please start looking for one of these for Brian). We drove for about 20 minutes in the middle of the desert and pulled up to the boarder crossing. We had to get out of the car with just some of our bags (that a guard picked out) and go through security. Once back in the car we drove half a mile and had to get out of the car again and this time with ALL of our bags. The first crossing was leaving Peru and the next was entering Chile. It would be a lot easier if these two stations happened to be in the same building! But it was funny. No wonder it takes over an hour and no wonder the taxi driver was trying to tell me to not worry about my seat belt for the 1/2 mile ride.