FCAB GL26C-2 2005flagSalar de Ascotan Salar de Ascotan

San Cristobel mine empties for Bolivia

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©  Oct 3, 2012






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Focal length: 38 mm
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Time: 13:56

San Cristobel mine empties for Bolivia

Lunar railways? :p
Or maybe martian 😛
Harsh terrain must be stressful for the machines
Hi Nick, did you knew the timetable when you went there or not?
@joostboudewijns All I definitely knew was that there would be one or two trains each way. A friend in Santiago who had been up at Ascotan said that I should get to San Pedro, where the railway and highway 21 meet, before 9 a.m. Back in 2012 the road was fully surfaced as far as Chui Chui after which it's dirt. San Pedro was about 80 kms from Calama, which is where I started. I only had to wait 15 minutes or so before the Bolivian vans appeared. I followed them and in getting ahead caught up with this train - the mine empties to San Cristobal. so the two were running about 20 minutes apart.
Thank you! I will try to go there soon.
@joostboudewijns I am going back in a couple of weeks, all being well so will confirm what is running. My contact in Santiago says that it's still two trains a day each way, heading to the Bolivian border in the morning, returning in the afternoon. We shall see.
Good, I am trying to go in January, but sadly it is hard to find a rental car company who will rent to a 22yr old.
On December 21st only one train ran, arriving in Ollague at 13:30, much later than I expected. At this time of year the sun is too high, there are no shadows.
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