The name Pisagua comes from the Spanish words "pis" and "agua", roughly translating into "pisswater". Possibly derived from bad-tasting water contaminated with nitric acid.
Pisagua has often been used as a concentration camp for political prisoners. This happened during the rule of Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (for male homosexuals), as well as that of Gabriel González Videla (for communists, anarchists and revolutionaries) and more recently, during Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (for left-wing militants). Many bodies have been found under the waters of the port and several graves have been discovered in Pisagua since the end of Pinochet's military regime. Pisagua is geographically isolated, with the ocean on one side and a big desert on the other.
Four Brazilians I met between Arequipa and Puno.
From my hotel balcony in Arequipa.
From my hotel balcony in Copacabana.
Photos from the ride from Copacabana, Bolivia to Arica, Chile.
Here I am buying gasoline and a man drew a map in the dirt to show me the best route.
Impending dust storm ahead. I have been in worse.
A rail crossing in southern Peru. I stopped to photograph the monuments to the poor souls who tried to cross at the wrong time.
Photos in and around Arica, Chile.
A church in Arica designed by Gustave Eiffel, one of three buildings in Arica designed by Eiffel.
The main plaza.
Photos from the lookout above the port.
Photos from the ride from Arica to Pisauga.
Yesterday I walked 45 minutes from Pisuga to where there were many sea lions. I spent two hours just relaxing and watching these seals.
This big guy made two bounds toward me showing me his teeth, alerting me that I was close enough...I took his word for it.
A few shots of Pisauga.