Arica Day Tour Part I

I’m not a huge fan of day tours, because it usually involves cramming as many things to see in as little time as possible with not much thought given tho how enjoyable it is. You spend the day piling into and spilling out of a van, while someone explains things to you that (for me at least) don’t have enough context rooted in the area for you to remember it. This isn’t a criticism of day tours from Arica specifically, but my view of day tours in general.

BUT these tours do make for some gorgeous picture opportunities. So here’s the first half of our photos from our Arica day tour:

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Waiting on the road for our tour van to pick us up.
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A church in the Atacama desert
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Graves at a church in the Atacama desert
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A memorial wreath at a grave in the Atacama desert.
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A tourist approaches a candalabra cactus (Browningia candelaris) in the Atacama desert
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Stoytcho befriends a candalabra cactus in the Atacama desert.
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Stoytcho measure the length of a cactus spine on a candalabra cactus
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Candalabra cactus: a view from below
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Ridges in the Atacama desert as seen from our tour van
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The road to Reservan Nacional Las Vicunas, which lies on the Chilean-Bolivian border
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Brightly-colored lichens grow on rocks in the Atacama desert
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We pose for a photo outside of Putre
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