A world of fishermen and miners
The little yellow, blue and red boats that dot the Coquimbo sea are a sign of the vital role fishing plays in this community. As we cross the city, we come across monumental rocky landscapes, while our journey towards the centre brings long stretches of asphalt that weave between spectacular murals. The city tour over, it’s time to move on to the next destination, so it’s back to the Pan-American, and north bound. The journey is long and arduous, but at the same time wonderful: a 400-kilometre adventure along a majestic road, surrounded by an arid landscape that nevertheless bursts with life, dominated by sand dunes dotted with green shrubbery. We reach Tierra Amarilla, in the Atacama region. This “yellow land” is one of clay, minerals and miners. A Martian-type world, in which the soil is illuminated with brown, coppery reflections and a touch of gold. The area’s mining history is recounted in the Miner Museum, home to a spectacular collection. A short distance away is regional capital Copiapò, famous for its copper and silver mines.