From a distance, Pica appears to be a mirage. This oasis cut from the gray and brown sand of the Atacama Desert is known for its fruit—the limes used to make pisco sours are grown here. A hint of citrus hangs in the air because the town's chief pleasure is sitting in the Plaza de Armas and sipping a jugo natural, fresh-squeezed juice of almost any fruit imaginable, including mangoes, oranges, pears, and grapes. You can buy a bag of any of those from a vendor for the bus trip back to Iquique.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More