The saga continues, or better the desert continues…. Wide and empty wasteland up to the horizon, no human beings and the colours changing constantly between grey, red and brown as well as black. Mountains with deep gigantic cuts in between and sometimes a little bit of green like an oasis – the whole day the same programme.
In the afternoon we pass the border to Chile in record time under 2 hours. Then 45 minutes later we are welcomed by the honorary consul of Germany in Arica, Mr Ulrich Probnow, who hands over a word of greeting from the German Ambassador to Chile, Mr Michael Glotzbach who resides far away in Santiago de Chile.
Then we continue our journey and realise that we only have petrol for 100 km per car but no petrol station in view. Around midnight we leave the Panamericana to drive to Maria Elena and feel relieved as we see a petrol station. But within minutes we are back in reality: the Diesel tank of the petrol station is almost empty and the next delivery is only expected the next day. Too late for us – we have a tight schedule to reach Buenos Aires in time.
A decision is quickly made: each car gets 10 liters of Diesel and off we go in the hope of finding another station with sufficient Diesel. But before we climb the Andes again we chose to take a nap around 40 km south of Calama, a windy place at 2000m altitude.