Short summary of the road from Chile to Bolivia, starting from Iquique to Colchane and Pisiga.
We did this road in May 2016 see the article it's here.
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De Iquique a Huara
|0||0||Iquique||Big city with bike shop (Redolfi cycle, very good service)|
|12||Long climb, wide emergency lane and quite important traffic|
|12||Alto Hospicio||o||o||Take the right lane on arrival, in order to avoid highway forbidden to bicycles and without continuous emergency lane. Large supermarkets.|
|38||No house on the way, long climb. Little traffic. Bicycles theoretically not allowed on this stretch of road, but no problems, large emergency lane. Last 15 km downhill.|
|50||Humbertstone||?||Site registered in UNESCO.|
|6||6 km flat on the ruta 5, good supply point but in the wrong direction|
|56||Pozo Almonte||o||o||Full of small supermarcados and central market.|
|32||?||On the way military base, ask for water? Ruta 5 with moderate traffic|
|88||Huara||o||o||Just before entering Huara watermelons seller on the left|
Huara to Colchane and Pisiga on the Road 15
In general, there was little traffic on this road, approximately 1 car / 15 minutes
|Km ruta 15||Km tot||Place||Water||Food||Description|
|0||88||Huara||o||o||Big village we did not stop here as we bought all our provisions in Pozo Almonte|
|18||106||?||At km 18 there is a house, possibility to ask for water?|
|22||110||Crossing to Tarapaca||o||
Houses and small restaurant.
Here we planted our tent. It is the crossing to go down to Tarapaca village.
|Absolutely nothing in the way, to reach the villages you have to go downhill|
Houses and small restaurant. Cookies, bread.
Here we planted our tent.
|75||163||Chusmiza||o||o||Thermal bath for 1000 pesos/p, enter the village and ask at the hous behind the "thermal bath" sign, in the curve. You can buy some basic food. Cabañas in the village.|
|2 houses on the road at approximately km100, but seemed empty|
|Quebe||o||One inhabitant in this small village. Low warm thermal water to shower.|
|155||243||Village?||?||?||Village in construction|
|160||248||Colchane||o||o||Congratulations you have arrived. There are mini shops (we could not test them it was Sunday). There is a Saturday market. Possibility of having a hotel. No bank or ATM.|
|163||251||Pisiga Bolivar||o||o||Exchange Pesos, Dolar. No bank or ATM. We found a basic room for 30 Bolivianos / person. Gas station. Small store with fruits, vegetables, etc...|
From hUARA to cHUSMIZA
From Chusmiza to Pisiga
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