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Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Sun Sep 28, 2003 10:04 am

Particularly in Chile (SCL) and Peru. How 'friendly' are the locals and local authorities towards us? Seems Sam had a pretty good run down there (not sure if he knew someone or not). I MIGHT be heading down that way around mid November. Any tips and pointers would be appreciated!

Justin
 
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RE: Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Sun Sep 28, 2003 11:46 am

Never been for spotting at Peru or Chile, but, from fellow spotters experiences can tell you that:

Peru: Forget about Lima, sky is mostly overcast during the year and spotting is very difficult, as authorities very strict about it there. Some people managed to get ramp access, but it wasn't easy.

Most of the spotters seem to go to Cuzco, which has much better weather conditions and a relaxed view over spotting.

Chile: Santiago is very nice for spotting, specially during our summer (your winter) as runway there is 17-35 so and you can make photos on both sides of it..on the east during the morning (not so good spots) and on the west side during the afternoon, in this case on a dirt road that runs parallel to the runway, you have only to pick a place (line-up, touch-down, lift-off) and have lots of fun. Most of the traffic arrives during the afternoon.

Afternoon spot:


Morning spot:


Rgds

RS
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RE: Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Sun Sep 28, 2003 1:07 pm

Well, it is an exam on your patience to go those places, Justin! Those place sometimes can get one plane every hour, definity not JFK !!

I recommend Peru if you can't visit both at once, (which I enjoyed slightly more than Chile.) Try to go to Cuzco for spotting, you get about 12 arrivals and departure everyday. You can book direct airfare after arrive from Lima, also recommend you to combine spotting and sightseeing, even a border crossing to Bolivia, (which I bite myself don't have the time to do it!) I hope you can go one step more than I did. Andy Martin also have some shots from Bolivia--mainly props.

Cuzco Rwy heading is 10/28, it is generally a morning ops. airport, in afternoon there is only 1 Lan Peru arrival due to the wind problem in the afternoon. Best season I beleive is June-Sept, when I was there, the weather is fabulous, the most deep blue sky Ive seen!

For more CUZ information, you can contact Miguel Cano Alva, a very nice Peruvian spotter. I have a map of Cuzco airport, if you seriously plan to go, send me a email and I can forward to you.

Police/Military in Peru can be a problem, I was pickeed up by the police in CUZ after standing on the road shotting for 3 hrs. But when I explained my circumstances in the police station, they understood I am only interested in Civilian, not military stuff, they let me go in 5 mins!
In Lima, you will see every 500m or so, there is arm-guarded stand around, I heard they will NOT HESISTATE to shoot at you if you do something stupid around the perimeter. I was given a offical ramp tour by the chief duty officer, even with his authority, I cannot take any planes parked on the military ramp which have a few 707/DC10.

For Santiago, please contact Alejandro Ruiz and Alvaro Romero P, both photog have some photos in the DB for contact.

Renato, I believe the TAME B727 shot is taken from afternoon turning onto the Rwy. (not morning). TAME has suspened operation into SCL now.

Why not go to Brazil, especially Rio, I think it is the best!

Good Luck

Sam
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RE: Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Mon Sep 29, 2003 11:12 am

Big thanks so far guys for the feedback, very helpful. SCL is pretty much in stone, but I'd like to hit one more country while I'm there (the fares between Chile and Peru are pretty high...around $600-700), so that's out of the question right now I guess. Sam, I'll email you soon when I know for sure what the plan is.

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RE: Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Mon Sep 29, 2003 1:44 pm

Fares from SCL to Buenos Aires are competitive, and AeroParue in B.A. is very good for photos, and easy to get around, since it is like a downtown airport!

I paid about 150 USD return on Lan Chile, check their site www.lanchile.com

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RE: Need Feedback On Spotting S. America

Wed Oct 01, 2003 9:42 am

Justin,

Are you going to South America, huh? Why are you think about with those spotter at SCL? Are you think will get dare of the challanger? Why ar you so much travel over around of the world? You will get paid with these ticketed is cheaper price. So when you will able to flying into S. America? Well, talk ya later!  Smile

Scott W.

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