Kathy and I traveled to Arica, Chile (northern border with Peru) July 4-6, 2003.  Here are the pictures:

View of ocean from Arica.

View of ocean from Arica.

View of ocean from Arica.

Our hotel in background on the far end of the cape.

View of ocean from Arica.

Our hotel in background.

Church in Arica

Designed by Eiffel.

Church in Arica

Former Customs House (Aduana) in Arica.

Also designed by Eiffel.

Agriculture in the desert, growing tomatoes.

Note the geoglphys on the mountains in the background.

Agriculture in the desert.

Note the geoglphys on the mountains in the background.

The view just outside of the city of Arica. Really. In just about any direction.

This is the Arica golf course.

There's no grass to be found.

More golf course.

And yet, they still call them "green fees."

Right. Green fees. Sure.

More of the agriculture in the desert.

The view from the desert to the agriculture. The difference is quite stunning.

A cat proudly displaying his home ownership.

His neighbors.

More of the neighborhood.

In the center of Arica is a big sand dune. When I say big, I mean like 20 stories tall. This is a view from the top.

Another view from on top.

A view of me on top with city in the background.

And, of course, someone has to be watching over the city.

In this case, that person is Kathy.

Another view from the sand dune. This area is now called the "ex-island." Apparently, it was an island and they reclaimed the land in between.

Our hotel as seen from the sand dune (far right hand side of the jutted part -- the pool is easy to spot).

Even easier to spot now.

A bird overhead.

The view of the adjoining sand dune.

Our driver, Jorge, took this picture. How is it possible make it blurry and off-center in a point and click? I don't know, but he figured it out.

Kathy and Jorge. He looked that impressed throughout our trip.

More of the "ex-island" including yacht club.

The view of the adjoining sand dune.

More city view.

More city view.

The old part of the city. Sand dune in background.

The old part of the city. Sand dune in background.

One of the oldest churches in Chile, the first stop on our trip to Lake Chungará. It was a very foggy morning.

The back view of the church. It has seen better days. It was destroyed in an earthquake about four years ago (7.0 on the Richter).

It is currently being rebuilt.

Behind the church is a cemetary. Sort of spooky with all the fog.

The normal view from the bus on tour three hour (each way) tour to Lake Chungará.

The fog in the valley. Truly a strange sight.

More of the fog. Had to make sure we got it on camera.

Our bus and driver on the road. Just a photo stop -- nothing wrong with the bus.

Kathy and a friend along the route. (This is called a "candelabra" cactus. They dot the entire route.

The first signs of life outside of Arica. Nine native families live in this valley supported by the water in the picture.

The first sign of animal life -- vicuñas. They are a relative of the llama.

Vicuña running.

Vicuñas stopping to take a picture of us. I would have sworn I heard them say "Look! People!"

They didn't stop looking at us until we left.

Had to make sure we got this on film too.

The vicuña live in this area. Not much here, but they can live on it, I guess.

The town of Putre. The capital of the region. Population about 1,500.

Me at the rest stop above Putre trying on hats.

I should have bought this one, but I didn't.

Even the vicuñas thought I looked silly in that hat. Of course, they were probably related to it.

The water running down from the mountains. It was cold. The first hint should have been the ice, I guess.

More vicuñas.

Kathy with vicuñas.

Vicuñas (Kathy not pictured).

Vicuñas vicuñas vicuñas vicuñas vicuñas, I just like saying that.

This little critter, related to the chinchilla, is called a vizcacha. It was just hanging out on the roadside.

It was not alone. There were lots of them and they didn't seemed disturbed by the bus full of tourists snapping pictures.

Another one.

One of the volcanos along the way.

Twin volcanos right at the border of Chile and Bolivia.

Mountain view.

Eric and twin volcanos.

This llama wanted a lift back into town, but the driver wouldn't allow it. Llamas are the biggest of the family of camelids in Chile.

Then alpacas, then guanacos, then vicuñas.

He then showed Kathy the way to the bus. I think he was hitting on her.

"Hey baby, how 'bout a ride into town?" It looks like she was falling for it, too.

Then he got all in my face about it. We exchanged some rather tough words.

He finally backed off and went to hit on other tourists.

Volcanic lake.

The volcano associated with the lake.

Finally! Lake Chungará. It is the highest lake in the world at 4,500 meters. The pressure was really wild.

The lake is right on the border with Bolivia and is 22 square kms. Not very large or interesting, really, but it was as good a place to turn around as any.

More of the lake.

Alpacas and llamas in the "wild." Llamas are bigger than alpacas. These are owned by local shepherds, thus the ribbons on their ears.

More alpacas.

Eric in a field of alpacas.

Alpacas ignoring Eric.

Lots of alpacas ignoring Eric.

Alpacas walking away from Eric.

Eric posing. Alpacas not posing.

The town of Parinacota. About six families live here, all of whom seem to make their living selling us alpaca stuff. Anyone need a scarf?

Not much going on in town.

There's always church, I guess.

Yep. There's church.