This city in the north of Chile was our next aim and specially the Laguna Verde on 4400 m. In summer this is place for tourists to go, but in winter there is hardly anybody there.
After talking to the tourist information and maybe doing a tour we decided to go with our own car. So we left some stuff there to get a little higher, we started early in the morning when it was still dark.
The first part of the road was bumpy but okay. But when we made a little break, we saw that our bumper bar was about to fall down. A mining truck stopped and fixed it with a wire. So we could go on.
The Andes were impressive and with a wide range of colours. And after 5 hrs driving we reached over 4000 m at the Laguna Santa Rosa. The view was beautiful from there over a wide valley and snow covered mountains.
Suddenly we heard a not good sound from the front. We stopped immediately and opened the engine hood. The shock absorber looked 10 cm out, it was broken. Damm, that means no Laguna Verde with hot spring for us. And what was even worse it will for sure cost a fortune to tow our car from over 4000 m and unpaved road. As there are many mineries around a few minutes later a car stopped asking to help.
They said that for sure nobody could fix the shock absorber and so they will drive to the Aduana and they will send us help.
We waited a while as it was for sure the best view ever for a breakdown place. When Stefan pull up the car and thinking to fix the car with the only things we had a wire from the truck drivers and a tension belt from our roof box. After a couple of minutes later we were ready for a little test drive. And it worked!!! So we thought if someone comes to help us they will for sure comes from Copiapo and we could drive towards them. So very slowly with 12 km/h we made us on the way back down. For a little while we had fellowers: two curios eagles looking for food. After four times renewing the wire and band, 15 hrs, 150 km and a top speed of max 30 km/h we finally made it to the city. And safed for sure 1000 euros.
And this is only possible with a camp-let. You just leave it somewhere and go with your car wherever you like.