Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Today, I heard that 12 American tourists died when their bus plunged over a cliff northeast of Arica, Chile. I am certain this is the location of that accident, where the highway winds down from the mountains to the valley floor in tight hairpin curves. I took this photo January 5th.


Genevieve said...

I shuddered when I heard about that accident. When we lived in Bolivia, we took a number of bus trips in the Andes. Often the roads were so narrow that two vehicles could not meet. The other vehicle would have to back up to a place wide enough that the bus could get by it. I remember particularly on the road between Sucre and Potosi that there was a hairpin curve on a mountainside that the bus could barely negotiate. To get around it, the driver turned as tightly as possible and went as far as he could without driving off the edge of the road. Then he backed up to get a new angle, and went forward again turning as tightly as possible. Etc. It was a hair-raising experience.

timtraveler said...

I saw trucks doing the manuever you describe, on a 15,000-foot mountain pass.

It was scary enough on a motorcycle, I can't imagine being in a bus!