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Night 1, Monday 2 July
To begin our study trip, we all met at school at 9:00 P.M to got on the buses to travel to the north of our country. Before to got on the buses, we met the guides who were going to show us the different places that we would visit, and the drivers that would take us.
Our first objective was Puerto Viejo, After stopped in a gas station. We had dinner on the bus and then we slept.
Around 5’o clock we had a problem with the bus because the bus didn’t work we didn’t know nothing about this. But after waiting some time, the bus started to work again and we continue with the trip
That trip took all the night, we stopped to took a shower then all the students were back into the buses to continue with the trip
After some hours we arrived Puerto Viejo.
Day 1, Tuesday 3 July
We arrived at Puerto Viejo, a little port in which a lot of little constructions of many colors, the guides explained us that the houses were used only in summer. Only in the houses near the beach, lived a little group of fishemans.
At the beach everyone spoke about the expectatives of the journey. All of us wanted to know better everyone in our class. After Puerto Viejo we went to Caldera , there he had lunch. Caldera is a port near Bahía Inglesa.
In the afternoon we visited Bahía Inglesa, a village located in the coast of the third Chilean region. Bahia Inglesa beach was very beautiful. It was long with white sand and clear water. The bay was full of cultures of shellfish
After Bahía Inglesa we went to the Nature Reserve of Pan de Azúcar. While we travel to the north, the landscape was more drier and with less vegetation.
When is was getting dark we arrived to Pan de Azúcar, put up the tents and prepared everything necessary to install ourselves in the camp. Then we prepared the food and had dinner. Before going to sleep, we did a bonfire and met around to sing and talk. Later the guides gave us the indications to had a good camp and what we will do next day.
Day 2, Wednesday 4 July
We woke up in Pan de Azúcar, after a bad night, I don`t like tents because I slept very bad. The landscape was amazing, because of the contrast that existed between the dryness of the land, the colour of hills and the mountains, and the intense blue colour of the sea. The place was very dry and there were a lot of cactus there. In front of the place that we put the tents there was a beautiful beach, there were sunny days all the year.
Pan de Azúcar is a Natural Reserve for two principal reasons. In the land you can find all the species of cactus that exist in the world and a lot of little animals like rodents and foxes. Secondly, because the reserve has a varied marine fauna like whales, orcas and dolphins, and in the island which is named Pan de Azucar, there live colonies of penguins and seals.
In the morning, after we had breakfast, we had a tour on boats with the local fishermen.
They told to us that maybe we could see dolphins near the island, In the boat trip we could appreciate nearby the island of Pan de Azúcar, and the penguins and seals that lived there, we couldn’t access the island because only scientists could do it
After the tour we round the reserve with the forest guard, who explained us more about the place and the different types of cactus. Then we returned to the camp to have lunch.
In the evening we went to a viewpoint on the top of the hill. When we went down the bus, many foxes approached and followed us in the way to the viewpoint. From the top of the hill we saw the entire place, the beaches and the huge ocean. The view was awesome, we saw the sunset.
We comeback to the camp when it was dark.
For dinner we ate pizzas and later we did a bonfire like the night before, we had fun that night, Then we went to sleep.
Day 3, Thursday 5 July
We woke up very early. We put off the tents, cleaned the place and prepared all the necessary stuff to travel to Calama. That takes like seven or eight hours.
We left Pan de Azúcar by another way from the one we had arrived. This way was very dry and we could notice the beginning of the Atacama Desert, there we had breakfast in the middle of the dessert, it was a very nice experience. Then we arrived at the road and saw the Desert that was huge and very dry, and the hills had different colours and shades. Near the road we saw it was completely uninhabited.
During our way to Calama, we stopped at the Pampa Union and the Hand of
the dessert. Pampa Union is a place were we saw the old walls were the
salitre workers had party at that time.
After that we continued travelling and arrived at Calama about 8 P.M . We arrived to Park Hotel Calama, which was very nice and elegant, there we played some pool , ping pong. Some of us watched the football match Chile v/s Congo
We had dinner we went to sleep at 2:00 A.M
Day 4, Friday 6 July
We woke up at 8 A.M and had breakfast in the hotel. We met in the lobby at 9 am to travel by buses to San Pedro de Atacama , a trip that takes about two hours.
We did a stop in the middle of the desert in Domeyko Mountains to look the landscape from a viewpoint. There was a huge valley where there were little oasis and towns where natives live. There was also the ¨Salar de Atacama¨, who it is the biggest salt deposit in Chile and that is very extensive and magnificent. The Atacama valley has an extremely dry climate and is surrounded by volcanoes and the principal is ‘Licancabur’. An indigenous legend says that the volcano was formed for a fight between the nearby hills.
At 11:30 am we arrived at San Pedro de Atacama, the principal oasis of the desert was where the natives called Atacameños lived. We visited the town alone, so we had the opportunity to see how the locals lived. There were a lot of handicrafts businesses, travel agencies, hotels, restaurants, etc. The houses of the citizens were made of clay and straw, and we had the chance to talk with the people, so they told us the history and the proud that they feel for their indigenous culture. And the principal economical resource is the agriculture but today they lived from the tourism
In the centre of the town there was a park. There was a church that had a beautiful architecture and some houses that conserved the same style; they are monuments.
We went to a restaurant to lunch. After lunch we visited Gustavo Le Paige Museum that had a lot of objects and mummies from the Atacameño’s culture. It was boring because the objects weren’t very interesting.
In the evening we went to the ‘’Valle de la Luna’’, where we climbed the dunes to try to have a better view. We could see the ‘Cordillera de la Sal’ an the ‘Valle de la Luna ’ that was called this way because everything was white because of the salt, and the rocks looked like moon craters. There we saw the sunset and we could appreciate the different colours of the dessert,. Meanwhile the sunset down; the colour of the desert changed from yellow to orange, then to purple and finally everything was dark. After that we entered to the Salt Caves and then looked at the stars in the sky.
After that interesting tour we returned to the Park Hotel Calama to have dinner and sleep there.
Day 5, Saturday 7 July
We woke up very early in the morning, because we had to meet in the lobby at 4 am. That was because we were going to know the Geysers of The Tatio, and you only can see that at dawn. But we began the trip to the geysers ay 5:15 A.M because some classmates were sleeping. We went on mini vans.
The way was a dirty track and was very long. In the way to The Tatio we could see some animals like alpacas, llamas, guanacos and vicuñas. The geysers were too high more than 4.000 meters above the level of the sea, so a lot of people felt bad. Because of the altitude sickness, it was very cold, we were wearing clothes as we were in the ski centers
Finally we arrived at the geysers, which were wonderful. There were holes in the land that were sprouting steam and warm water. After we saw the Geysers we took breakfast in that place, it was an awesome experiencie.
After visiting the geysers, we went by car to a town called Caspana, which in fact is very attractive because even tough it is in the desert, it has a lot of vegetation and an interesting system of irrigation in the agricultural terraces. In addition, Atacameños and Bolivians live from the agriculture in this little village.
Afterwards we visited Chiu Chiu, a small and beautiful town were we saw the oldest church in Chile, and we had lunch in a restaurant which was very bad because it was very spicy.
After that nice visit, we got on the buses to begin a trip to Pica, which takes more than six hours.
We arrived at Santa Rosa Resort at Pica. Then we had dinner and went to bed after a long day.
Day 6, Sunday 8 July
The 6th day we were at Pica, an oasis with a lot of plantations of
lemons, guavas,oranges and other fruits.
We woke up in the Resort at Pica about 8:30 am, and we had breakfast at 9 A.M Then we swam in the swimming pool of the resort.
Afterwards we went to the Chacras, where we could looked all
After lunch we went to the centre of Pica where we had some big ice
Creams on pineapples or some natural juices.
We left Pica and travelled to La Tirana. La Tirana is a town in the desert that every year receives more than 120.000 tourists that go to participate in the
celebration of the party of La Virgen del Carmen. The party is named
Tirana, as well as the town, and it's celebrated between the 12th and
18th of July. So, when we arrived there, there was a lot of people
The town was very attractive because the next week began the celebration of La Tirana, and the town was decorated with colours, dresses and many others things.
After finishing that, we began our trip to the city of Iquique. At night we arrived at night to the Hotel Arturo Prat, then we went to a restaurant to have dinner The restaurant was called ‘’La Caleta de Mario’’ and it was awful. Finally, we returned to the hotel, and each one went to their room to get some sleep.
Day 7, Monday 9 July
We woke up at 8 o' clock and had breakfast in the hotel, this time
we travelled to Humberstone, A town that was an old saltpetre office that was built in the time when the saltpetre was the principal economic resource of Chile, Humberstone was a monument, and had a lot of attractions, like old
houses and a haunted theatre, among others. And we could see how the people lived in the saltpetre time.
Then the buses picked us up and took us to the restaurant Vi-Vu, for
lunch. After lunch we returned to the hotel to change our clothes and
prepare to go to the ZOFRI. The ZOFRI (Zona Franca de Iquique) is a business district in Iquique, and it had a very big and popular mall because the products are cheaper, they are tax free.
When we returned to the bus we could see Iquique at night, a big tourist city,
very beautiful and attractive for its beaches, monuments and hills.
We arrived the hotel, and then we had our space of freedom , because then we
went by bus to a disco called "cannavans". There we had a wonderful time, because we could have party time and have fun, and we also met with other schools. At 3 A.M we returned to the hotel, and people went to sleep
Day 8, Tuesday 10 July
It was the last day, so we had more time to sleep, we woke up at 9:30,
had breakfast at 10 o' clock, and then we had to pack our things.
Then we went all morning to the beach and there we met a man who was called ‘’Armagenon’’ and he said that he hadn’t have any dogs, but all the dogs were they friends, he was a very peculiar person, After that, we went walking to a restaurant that was near the beach, and there we had lunch(then we met another wandering that knew 6 languages.
In the afternoon we did a tour, but this time was walking around the
centre of the city. The main attractions were the Arturo Prat
Park, in front of the hotel, and the Municipal Theatre of Iquique,
that is a monument which had a lot of stories.
We also visited old houses that were very elegant and huge that
belonged to wealthy people. All the centre of Iquique is very important,
because the buidings still have a nice architecture that were built
at the beginning of the city.
We returned to the Arturo Prat Hotel after the tour and we had a special activity in which all of us had to talk about our trip experiencies. After that we went to the airport, because our flight was at 8:00 P.M
The airport was located outside of Iquique, and we went to the airport
going across the coast where you could see a lot of beaches.
When we arrived at the airport we went to get our check in.
Finally we landed in Santiago and our families were waiting for us at the
airport, where our study trip finished.
General impression: It was my first time in the north of my country and It was very interesting to know more about our culture, our dessert land, oasis and the different landscape of the North.
Also it was a good opportunity to know more some schoolmates that we didn’t know before, it was a very useful trip.
Thanks and acknowledgements: I am grateful of all people of LATITUD 90, who came with us the entire trip and explained interesting things about the north and its landscape. I also want to give thanks to the drivers, who took us to the different places.
Finally I want to give and special acknowledgement to the teachers who accompanied in our trip.