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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 27th 2006

I woke up on what was to be my last two days in Bolivia so looking forward to returning to La Paz so I could spend an entire day shopping for gifts for family and a charango for my cabin upstate, which has a small collection of unusual instruments. La Paz, in my not so extensive experience, is definitely the place to do your shopping. It was going to be a good day, as we were going by, get this, PLANE to La Paz. Not bus, not train, not car.Oddly, and at the time I thought luckily, today was the first cloudy day we had had. Completely overcast, but not raining. I figured as good a day to travel elsewhere as any. Aero Sur was our choice of airlines for the day, as it was really ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 27th 2006

After I got back from Lake Titicaca I hung out in La Paz waiting for the approval to come from Santiago for my student visa. For a while. I had already gotten the approval in Bruxelles but skipped out because of maddening Belgian bureaucracy (19 days of waiting then Oh, sorry, no appointments for another 2 weeks. I left the next day from grey belgian 5-hour day winter for Peru. Call me crazy), so I applied for my visa after Izzy left, thinking it would be a fast approval. Nope... The thing about Chile is that they actually do things that first-world countries do except with third-world efficiency. Well. That was my impression from the consulate. After 2 months of being a gringo in south america, I was annoyed when the entire consular system of Chile ... read more

San Pedro de Atacama, Chile We caught a Pullman del Sur bus from Santiago to Calama (20hrs overnight) for $30000p each for Salon Cama, downstairs on the bus, very comfortable. In Calama, we caught a TurBus bus to San Pedro de Atacama (fairly regular, about 1 hr trip, $1300p). The Atacama desert was extremely barren in places along the bus trip, sometimes absolutely nothing resembling life at all. San Pedro (2400m) is a nice little village in an oasis with adobe buildings everywhere. It has all the amenities a tourist could want but that also means the place is crawling with tourist. Still a very nice place to hang out for a few days, particularly if you are acclimitizing before heading up even higher. We did a good tour of the Valley of the Moon and ... read more
Bolivian customs office
Hot springs
Hotel Colorada (4300m)

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 26th 2006

4:30am Mark, of course, came in an hour later, and noticing that his bed (we had separate singles, which was what was available, so we were told until we found that Aaron had an absolute palace with a double and single bed in it - methinks some funny business just went on en espanol!) was covered in his crap, decided to pancake me on my little single bed and tell me that he was sleeping there. I pushed his drunk butt onto the floor. He then turned on the light ARGH! Blind!, and threw the Ritz crackers I was trying to feed him (so he wouldn’t be a puddle in the morning) onto the floor. Then all went dark again. 8:30am Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Imagine my smugness when I thought about what a good ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Beni Department » Rurrenabaque March 26th 2006

After arriving well early in Rurrenabaque ("Rurre" to the locals), we found ourselves a place to sleep and after a hearty breakfast we spent the rest of the morning in bed trying to recover from the journey in that meat grinder we mistook for a bus (see previous blog). In the afternoon we went out looking for an agency to take us on our next adventure. There are plenty of agencies to choose from, and they offer pretty much the same services and charge more or less the same price. The most popular trips entail spending 2 or 3 days either in The Jungle or in Las Pampas (literally The Flatlands). So our first challenge was deciding on which type of tour to go for. Las Pampas was described as a pleasant journey down the river ... read more
Squirrel Monkey - Mono Ardilla o Titi
Piranha fishing / Pescando pirañas
Sunrise in Las Pampas - Amanecer en Las Pampas


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 24th 2006

Feeling a little less than 100% after yet another bout of food poisoning. It´s raining out and there´s not a whole lot to do except read my Harry Potter book and update my Travelblog. Have finally gotten the official Death Road photos onto the computer. Ignore how bad I look - I was recuperating from my first dose of food poisoning at the time.... read more
don´t we all look happy?
the view at the start (before it gets scary)
the view at the start (before it gets scary)

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 23rd 2006

Wow! What an amazing city tucked in the valley between snowcapped mountains! I landed in La Paz Sunday afternoon, a little worried how the 3600 odd meter altitude would affect me, especially after my night out in Santiago trying the specialty, Pisco Sour (The airport bus came to pick me up at 4am, so there was no use in sleeping... I did that on my baggage trolley at the airport waiting for customs!!)... I did, by the way, manage a pretty decent tourist whirl around Santiago on Saturday - made it up to Cerro San Cristobal for a view over la Paz (with a Maria statue similar to the Christ in Rio), munched on some seafood in the Central Market, and visited a couple of interesting museums... Back to La Paz. Galia´s parents met us (I ... read more

This is Sara to narrate our last 3 days in Saimapata and all our exciting travels back to La Paz. Matt woke up on the morning of March 21 feeling very under the weather with a cough sounding suspiciously like the one Jill had. He decided that it was prudent that he did not go and we both concurred. So after having another wonderful organic breakfast at our dream hostel, La Vispera, Jill and I set off to the Amboro highlands for a hike among the giant ferns. We were introduced to our spanish speaking guide "Don Gilberto" who is reasonably famous as an expert tour operator in Saimapata (aka he is in the guidebook) as well as the Israeli couple who would be accompanying us. The other guide, a German, who was leading a group ... read more
Hairy Spider
The "Volcanoes" of Amboro
From the Garden

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi March 23rd 2006

My experience was bad enough last week , but this is just horrible. Yesterday a bus going between the Bolivian and Chilean border, swerved and yep, went over the edge. I feel really bad for the families and I wish the survivors a quick recovery. Here's the article: ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 23rd 2006

Sucre is basically a hop skip and a jump from Potosi, and it was nice to have a very short travel time, about 2 hours, on paved roads. Coming into Sucre, is like driving into the Bolivian twilight zone. The surrounding hillsides are green and lush, there are palm trees and cows, and off in the distance you can see the white washed buildings with that unmistakable colonial Spanish appeal. Red tiled roofs, and churches complete with many bells dot nearly every block. No dust. The attire of the people has also completely transformed. Very few people are now dressed in the traditional Bolivian get-up, with the llama (or alpaca, if those really exist, still no evidence...) wraps, skirts, shirts and braided hair. Instead I now see people in suits, jeans, and designer sunglasses. The climate ... read more

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