La Serena … Gorgeous 7 mile beach up the ways a bit
Colonial style buildings…. that we never saw
Mummification developed 1000 years before Egypt.
Arid valley…. north point for growing grapes.
20C on coast but warmer in Elqui Valley.
There has been civilization in existence here up to 16,000 years ago.
Complex society 4-5000 yrs ago here. Before arrival of Europeans. Textiles ….Incas developed cotton. Ate fishes.
Largest domesticated animals…. llamas and alpacas.
This place I had never even heard of before but it’s quite huge and gorgeous …..except the area around the harbour where you see streets running almost straight up. There is a giant cross on the top of the hill.
OMG… the bird shit on the pier was the worst mile I’ve ever had to step amongst land mines
270 days a year are cloudy.
Most arid region in Atacama desert.. driest atmosphere in world even if it has a permanent fog bank.
Limari valley…. one of 3 alleys in the area. ….. great for growing white wine grapes.
Las Tacas…major resort … most expensive.. beautiful. $270,000 to buy… 5-600/ monthly fee though.
Major product caught….Scallops, sole & sea bass.
Chilean Pisco can be made from only (incl. pink) muscat from this area.
1000 mm of fog moisture/year…. not rain so the fog produces the cold at night that is necessary for growth of good white wine grapes.
So many cacti… so dry! Juice of the ? cactus is the “red bull of Chile” …. like Aloe Vera juice… pirates looked for it because the fruit prevented scurvy.
Coquimba means place of riches.
Limari valley was last bastion of the Incas.
Amazingly beautiful highway…. toll …. no one using it.
Sweet cucumbers and olive trees.
Incas called the Milky Way, the “river of souls”. I like that!
Loica…. beautiful red breasted bird at the toll.
Border…5100 metres Andes at Elqhi Valley but not here where it is not as high. Incidentally the border between bordering countries is decided by which way the rivers flow away from the high points of the Andes. That is why it is not a straight line.
The narrowest part of Chile to the south of is only 86 kilometres.
70% loss of agriculture in drought 2008-2014….. devastation. That was very apparent at the winery we went to.
At the petroglyphs… first there was a snake, then a scorpion, a cluster of stars, the condor nest, shaman, astronaut all of which were just holes in the huge rocks. Then there were numerous specific figures some looking quite human or like aliens. Those made it worth seeing.