I am sure it is just a coincidence, but it seems that every time I enter a new country they have a national holiday. Chile was celebrating Glorias Navales on friday, and everything was cerrado (closed).
There is a good bike shop here, but of course they were cerrado as well. Saturday morning they were open, and there was another KTM in there. A good sign. They tried to get hold of the KTM dealer in Chile, but he is cerrado till lunes (monday). So Calama will be my home for a few days while I arrange to have parts shipped.
Glorias Navales celebrates a naval battle where Chile got their butt kicked by Peru, however that loss inspired Chile to win the war. Calama belonged to Bolivia before the war and the reason Peru was involved was a treaty they had with Bolivia.
Calama is near the site of one of the worlds largest open pit copper mines, I can see the giant plume of smoke from the works in the distance. There are copper statues downtown commemerating a major source of Chile's wealth.
I guess I will be sight seeing domingo (sunday) so there should be more pics later.