North Chile, Apr - Sept'05
Arrival in Coquimbo at sunset. Good times at Pascal's restaurant with Dominique, who broke his forestay on his way to Tahiti and returned. La vie est belle au bord du Maddelena. Recalling Patagonia adventures with Mahu & Cathy (SY Fugue).
Another arrival at sunset. Caldera. Caldera, a desolate place, rarely visited by foreign boats. We received a warm welcome by the yacht club. The Atacama desert. More then 40 years without a single drop of rain. We think of Papillon and Lotus who are stuck in rainy Patagonia.
Anchorage in Taltal, another dusty place in the dessert Pelicans in Taltal As long a they shit on their own boat, it's fine.
Pelicans at the fishmarket in Iquique Iquique harbour. There are 355 geogliphes found in the Atacama dessert, but their meaning is still unknown to the archeologists.
This years earthquake destroyed a church nearby Iquique. It collapsed just 2 days ago!! Dagje zeilen met schipperse Carla en maatje Raimond met hun catamaran Rataplan. Windgenerator geinstalleerd, tanks vol, maand eten aan boord. Klaar voor vertrek. Op naar Equador!
Easter Island, May'05
Our first Moai, the only one on the island witch has eyes. (courtesy: Mark, Fiona and Bert) There are about 1000 Moais on the island. All but one with their faces land inward. Most of them never reached their final destination and can still be found in various stages of completion in the crater where they were carved out of the rocks.
Harry at Cookpoint, where once the famous James Cook landed. Rocky coastline with heavy swell. We're glad we left Zwerver savely in Valparaiso. Incredible view from the vulcano. (Courtesy Martijn)
Bolivia, July'05
Setting eyes on world's highest capital at a dizzing 3660m above sea level, is unforgettable. Mounting biking world's most dangerous road. From 4700m down to 1100m Going down's never been better. Tiwanaku, a pre-inca site, older and more important than the Inca culture.
Colorfull street life Women in traditional dress Potatoes, Bolivia's national dish. There are over 250 different sorts.
Sucre, Bolivia's actual capital, was declared world Heritage Site by Unesco in 1992. All buildings in Sucre are painted in their original colonial white. Standing on the roof of San Philippe Neri,a former convent, now a school for girls.
Potosi, highest city of its size in the world at 4900m. Founded by the Spanjards in 1545 after they had discovered indian silver mines. Unbelievable that anybody can work under these conditions. Crawling through narrow tunnels, eating dust, short of breath, no day-light All work is manual. Wages are between US$60 and US$100 per month. An average family has 4 children.....
Architecture in Potosi is unique in Bolivia. The balconies that overhang the streets create an almost Alpine atmosphere. Llamas at laguna Colorada. Note the different colors of the lake, caused by micro organismes. Stunning still lagunas. Even the birds are mirrowed in the icy water.
Stone tree, eroded by the wind. Salar de Uyuni, a salt flat of 12000 square meters! It's freezing cold. We imagine ourselves in Antarctica. Fish Island, an island full with cactea, right in the centre of the salt flat.
Yes Harry, 95 degrees celcius is hot. Hot springs in the snow. What about a mud bath? No thanks, it smells like rotten eggs.
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