I arrived from Santiago, after a beating of 30 hours bus, many of which - thanks to Maradona, as they would say in Argentina- I spent them sleeping. However, the ones I was awake I was amazed at the landscape I saw: a mixture of lunar terrain surrounded by the wild coast of the Pacific Ocean, with deep blue waters. It was a dramatic landscape in which it seemed impossible to me that anyone could live since it was all of an extreme aridity with mountains that seemed made of sand, of those that you see impossible to climb because you would sink to the knee as soon as you tried the first stride in her. Without a doubt, it was worth spending a few hours awake and focused on the landscape (especially since the television monitor in front of me was the only one that didn't work).
There are several companies that will take you from almost anywhere in Chile to this city. I chose Tur-Bus, with which I did not have a very good experience -for its high price- when I used it to move from Santiago to Mendoza -in Argentina- but with which I could at least buy on the Internet having a Chilean identification number (I will explain about this in another post).
As for the accommodation: I stayed in a hostel called Las Cruces, almost right in front of the bus station. The quality is shabby five stars but the price paid -3,500 pesos or less than 5 euros- for the simple piece with shared bathroom, is not too bad. In addition, I arrived at 5.30 in the morning without knowing where to go and was caught by an Ecuadorian who guides you to accommodation as soon as you arrive. If I'm honest, I don't use the apartment except for sleeping and showering - with warm water - so it's fine.
Also in front of the terminal there are restaurants that offer soup and main course for less than two euros (1,200 pesos), although I imagine that in the center there will be more beautiful places.
The truth is that I have not seen much foreign tourist around the place and 95% of those who come, we do it to use Arica as a catapult towards Bolivia or Peru Given its geographical location. In fact, without going any further, tomorrow I will embark on my Peruvian adventure and cross the border to Arequipa, starting a new stage of my trip where I will go alone, after spending an incredible month with my girlfriend, childhood friends and from Dublin It has been like a vacation within the TRIP that has tasted like glory to me.
I will continue to inform you from Peru.