Tacna Travel Guide

  • MY  ITINERARY
    MY ITINERARY
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  • BASQUE  ETCHEA  RESTAURANT
    BASQUE ETCHEA RESTAURANT
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  • CHEVRON  GAS  STATION  IN  TACNA
    CHEVRON GAS STATION IN TACNA
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Tacna Things to Do

  • Tacna? What's that?

    First it's a name of a border city and departament in... southern Peru close to Chile. Have you ever been there? I would like, look: click here or here Btw what does it mean "tacna" in Spanish? Nothing?But there is another Tacna in southern Arizona. I just checked in the net that Tacna is what a surprise... a city. Hmm... I was not sure whether it...

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  • What does it look like?

    Hmm... a little strange, just a few broad streets with almost no houses along, OK - a few, not so easy to find ground floor houses (no skyscrapers :-), a gas station and two restaurants and NOTHING MORE!So, NO must see activities there. But it was quite interesting for me to see what is hot, forbidden, lazy south Arizonian town. Add landscapes...

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Tacna Restaurants

  • Basque food? What's that?

    Basque food is a food which derives from Basque country. Where is it? In Europe, at the western end of the Pyrenees on the Bay of Biscay in Spain nowadays.What's Basque food? As I know lamb, fish, meat (grilled), olive oil are the main ingredients. Much more (including recipes): click here They serve lunch menu from 11am till 5pm. on weekly...

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  • Desserts and salads

    There are not many desserts and salads to choose from in Basque Etchea restaurant:Assorted fruit pies - $1.95French Cream Cheese Cake - $2.95Ice cream: one scoop $1.05, two scoops $1.75Pie a la mode - $2.50Chef salad - small $3.75, large $4.75All beef chef salad - $5.25.Add a tax and a tip to the above prices. Hmm... no dish but coffee with milk...

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  • A la cart

    Except the scheduled lunch menu there was a small A LA CART menu in Basque Etchea restaurant.To be honest Ursula was interested in a salad bar (small one for $2.50 and large one for $3.95). But when she checked their small offer she decided not to eat any salad there. Wear good glasses and enlarge my picture to see what they served a la cart in...

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Tacna Nightlife

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    NIGHTLIFE  IN  TACNA :-)))

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    There is no nightlife in Tacna, I am sure about it.
    But if you stay for a night in Chaparral Motel I have a few ideas:
    - there is beer/wine in Food Mart in Chevron gas station just next to the motel (do they sell candles?),
    - the southern sky has millions of stars,
    - hmmm... censored by my wife - look at my picture :-).


    Dress Code: There quite a lot possibilities in your motel room (but mostly not accepted outside). Do you want the whole list? OK, my top 5:
    1. Nothing,
    2. T-shirt (maybe VT T-shirt if you are lucky to posses one),
    3. shorts,
    4. 2+3
    5. pyjama.

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Tacna Transportation

  • By a motorcycle

    You can get to Tacna by a motorcycle instead of a car. Almost no rains there and warm or hot days all the year. To be honest I met only these two motorcycle on my picture while I drove around Southern Arizona. Why don't they drive motorcycles? Do they need more luxury (RV) or maybe they are afraid of driving a motorcycle (expensive insurances?)....

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  • Traffic jams in Tacna :-)

    Don't worry - there are NO traffic jams in Tacna, there are no traffic lights (STOP signs instead), there are no cars driving around. If you are lucky you can find a local pickup truck or some crazy visitors driving around devil knows what for :-).

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  • Exclusively by a car

    I drove to Tacna from Yuma by I-8 (interstate freeway number 8 - two lanes in each direction). I took an exit 41 to Wellton because my Buick was hungry and needed some fuel. And there was Chevron gas station there. Then I drove around hehe. Tacna is located 46 miles (74 km) east of Yuma (I-8) or 147 miles (237 km) southwest of Phoenix (I-8 to...

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Tacna Shopping

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    FOOD  MART  BY  CHEVRON  GAS  STATION

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 23, 2003

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    There is a FOOD MART in Chevron gas station in Tecna. Like usual it offers some basic food, a little fast food as well plus cold beverages, coffee, ice cubes, newspapers, maps, basic cosmetics, batteries etc., etc.
    Prices are a little bit higher than in discount supermarkets.


    What to buy: What you need. I bought coffee - as usual on a gas station.

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Tacna Local Customs

  • Cheap Arizona or expensive California?

    A gas at Chevron station in Tacna was less expensive than in California (5-10%). It costed $1.8 - $2.0 per gallon wheras it went always over $2 in Southern California that time (April 2003). Isn't it strange? As I know California in contrast to Arizona was a producer of oil for gas. Is there something wrong with California's economy -higher taxes...

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  • Is there anybody there?

    It seems that nobody lives in Takna. Streets are empty - no walking people (or dogs :-), one pickup truck every maybe 10 minutes. What a silence! Except close to I-8.I saw only two older guys in Basque Ethea restaurant. Locals, visitors or maybe ghosts? I don't know.

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  • What trees do they like?

    It seems that they like to grow thujas (thuyas) in Tacna and southern Arizona at all.Look at my picture please - aren't there thujas trees there?Hehe, it remains me Greece and southern Italy especially :-).

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Tacna Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't dance like crazy :-)

    I never forget my first pumping a gas in the USA. I did what I used to do in Europe: I simply started to pump a gas but it didn't work. Once again - nothing, back and again - nothing. Supreme instead of Plus - the same. What was going on? PREPAY, PREPAY you sucker!My suggestion: if something is wrong don't dance like crazy around the pump hehe,...

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  • Do NOT look for planes :-)

    I saw the traffic signs with explanation that speed is controlled by an aircraft. But please, do NOT look for planes while you are driving too fast especially on bends, simply don't drive over the speed limit. Btw I have never seen/heard any plane driving from Yuma via Tacna to Tucson. Hmm... how high must they fly to be able to mesaure your speed...

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  • Not great variety of food

    Do not expect great variety of food available in Tacna neither in Food Markt of Chevron gas station nor in Basque Etchea restaurant. Remember, you are in American nowhere!Ursula was looking for fresh salad in "salad bar" hehe in Basque Etchea and there were only two simply salads to choose from and not of her taste so she decided not to eat them.

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Tacna Tourist Traps

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    CHEVRON  GAS  STATION  IN  HOT  MIDDAY

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    Tacna is one of the hottest places in the USA in summer, or more exactly from May to October.
    In summer high temperatures are usually over 100F = 38C (sometimes even 110F = 43C), low over 70F (21C).
    More: Weather Station in Tacna

    Check the 10-day forecast for Yuma (46 miles = 74 km west of Tacna):
    National Weather Service


    Unique Suggestions: My top 5 advices:
    1. Wear very light (and too large :-) clothes made of natural materials (cotton) and a hat,
    2. stay in shadow if possible and move slowly hehe,
    3. drink a lot of cold water (no sweet juices or booze),
    4. avoid midday and early afternoon,
    5. keep smiling :-)))
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    Fun Alternatives: Visit southern Arizona and Tacna from November to April.

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Tacna What to Pack

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    URSULA  IN  BASQUE  ETCHEA  RESTAURANT

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 24, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: No bags in hot summer except one for your camera, good (safe) pockets (or comfortable belt) instead. Small city rucksack for warm winter.


    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothes (shorts, T-shirts, better too large :-) made of natural materials (cotton) for warm/hot days all year round.
    Sweater/pullover and/or jacket for cold evenings/nights (from November till April).
    Shoes? Oh, yes - you should have them :-). Sandals for walking and/or good walking shoes for trails around (dangerous reptiles and insects possible).
    Add sun glasses.

    Check the 10-day forecast for Yuma (46 miles = 74 km west of Tacna):
    National Weather Service
    Check the average weather conditions in Tacna in 1970 - 2000:U.S. Weather Station in Tacna


    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Good sun protection cosmetics with high UV filter - use them BEFORE or just after you leave your car.

    Photo Equipment: Be prepared for large contrasts between sun and shadow - sun filters recommended. Add hmm... how do you call it in English - something fixed to your camera objective to protect it against sun - not comfortable to carry but necessary, I suppose.


    Miscellaneous: Tourist frige with ice cubes and cold beverages inside :-).

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Tacna Off The Beaten Path

  • Telegraph Pass

    I drove I-8 from Yuma to Tacna by a freeway I-8: two lanes in each direction and few cars in April's midday. Approx. 20 miles (32 km) east of Yuma the freeway leaves Yuma Valley and passes mountain range called Gila Mountains (Telegraph Pass ) to enter next, more vast Mohawk Valley.

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  • At 767' (234 m)

    Telegraph Pass elevation is only 767 ft (233 m). Not high altitude but they had to cut a lot of beautiful rocks to build the freeway. Hmm... what to do, thanks it I could travel fast, safe and admire beautiful views :-).

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  • U.S. Army east of Tacna

    Driving I-8 east of Tacna towards Tucson the landscape is quite monotous, just a flat, desert valley area with some not very high moutains on both sides. On the right you pass Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Base, a little more distant on the left Yuma Proving Ground - restricted areas, closed to public by U.S. military! I didn't hear any hypersonic...

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