Page 4 of The Outbetweeners Travel Blog Posts


South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta March 4th 2012

Last cooking for a few days!! We woke up and put the kettle on. We had to borrow matches from another group staying on site as our matches were inexplicably wet (although it probably didn't help that someone had left them out in the rain after partying all night). Kumuka Overland was staying here and we took the opportunity to have a nose around their bus which was much bigger and cleaner and totally differently organised inside. We cut fruit for a fruit salad - including the leftover melon from lunch time and the uncooked bananas from the night before. We toasted stale bread on the gas burners and then basically sat raround most of the day not doing too much which was actually quite nice. Ed went white-water rafting at 3.30 pm but Jo opted ... read more
Salta Rafting

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta March 3rd 2012

Ate breakfast which only provided one cup of coffee. As we had found a really nice coffee shop previously which handed out a glass of soda water and a sample piece of cake, we decided to rush there before getting on the bus for 9.30 am. It was our turn to cook lunch, dinner and breakfast the following day together with two other group members. The plan had been to shop with the equivalent of £70 from the kitty at a couple of local shops two hours' drive away to ensure that we could get to the shops before everything closed for siesta between 1.00 and 5.00 pm. However, it appeared that whoever was supposed to put the padlock keys in their rightful place didn't do so and we, therefore, had to stop at a local ... read more

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta March 2nd 2012

We both slept really well as the bed was comfortable and went into breakfast for 8.00 am. A glass of orange squash, a cup of coffee and a mini Danish-type pastry and a triangular thing that was a little like a scone with butter and jam... We walked towards the main square as we needed to change the little Chilean currency we had into Argentinian pesos. We stopped at a coffee shop (as only one cup of coffee at breakfast in the morning is insufficient). We each had a really nice latte which was brought with a big glass of soda water and a sample piece of cake. There were really long queues outside every bank and we walked into one that changed foreign currency and asked why all these people were queueing. Apparently, they all ... read more

South America » Argentina » Salta » Salta March 1st 2012

Put the alarm on for 5.55 am as we were due to have all the luggage back on the bus by 6.45 am and we knew it would take forever to stuff our sleeping mats, sleeping bags and sleeping liners back into their respective bags and pack away the tent with just torchlight to guide us! We were late leaving as other people didn't quite manage to get their acts together and drove away from the campsite by about 7.15. Arrived back at the Chilean border at 7.30 am and ate breakfast on the bus while waiting for the border to open at 8.00. We needed to be there early to get there before hordes of other people as the queues move so slowly. Unfortunately, as we were late leaving there was a large tour bus ... read more
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Apparently, it is well nigh on impossible to drive across the border from Bolivia directly to Argentina. Therefore, Dragoman drives from Bolivia to Chile first and then into Argentina. Today was all about crossing the desert to ultimately reach Argentina..... A 5.00am start with bread rolls toasted on the Dragoman gas burner and a quick hot drink of tea or coffee, then on the road towards Chile. Across the desert with a local guide along mainly single tracked dusty compacted tracks.. The drive across the desert was extremely varied. We stopped for a late breakfast at a stagnant lake at which a large group of flamingos had settled. Bumped along many more tracks over a high pass of over 5,000 metres to a plant where they made boric acid and which was the border point for ... read more
Crossing the desert

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni February 28th 2012

Up early for the start of breakfast at 7.30 am. There was a change in the itinerary due to new regulations regarding foreign trucks crossing the desert so the bus did not leave until 10.00ish but that was dependant on how fragile some people might be due to the excesses of the night before! We took the opportunity to wander round the Market in Uyuni (which in the warm morning sunlight suddenly became a rather nice little town with a totally different feel from the night before) and went to the Internet cafe to update a few more days of our blog. However, there was insufficient time to complete all entries before we had to return to the hotel to load our things onto the bus. Another interesting drive on the edge of the desert with ... read more
Crossing the desert
Crossing the desert

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Uyuni February 27th 2012

Had a very good breakfast including pancakes with maple syrup and freshly-made bread (which makes a change!) At 10.30am we were collected from our hotel and we all piled into four Toyota land cruisers and were driven 30 minutes down dirt tracks to a little village selling tourist wares and where salt is brought in from the Flats to be dried. We were then given a demonstration of how the salt was dried by some enterprising little kid of about 12 who showed us the process and then blocked the exit with the aid of a spade and would only let people out on the basis of a small payment. Quite entrepreneurial! There was a salt museum with bits made out of salt (a salt llama and other objects/animals which Ed didn't bother to look at. ... read more
Uyuni Salt Flats
Uyuni Salt Flats
Uyuni

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Potosi February 26th 2012

We woke up early and had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. The coffee was absolutely awful and so after the first cup, it was tea for subsequent cups. We walked into the centre of Potosi (a very pleasant little town but as we were so high - around 4,200 metres - every step marginally uphill was a struggle! We found the street where they sold silver but everything was closed as it was a Sunday. We had a wander down a few side streets then back to the main plaza where we both had freshly squeezed orange juice for about 22 pence each from a local stallholder. Back to the hotel. We looked for an Internet cafe as there was nothing open at all and the hotel Internet was too slow to open travelblog ... read more
Potosi
Potosi

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department February 25th 2012

Woke up early but didn't want to disturb the others so stayed in warm sleeping bags till 6.45 am. Breakfast was most odd... biscuits and some fried bready-type stuff. Then we had a guided tour of parts of the village. The Head man showed us his house and some of his collection of arrowheads and local stones. He was also the Shaman for the village and used a collection of about nine bones which were rolled onto a mat like dice and depending on which side they fell he could foretell the future/answer questions such as: Will it rain? Will the world end in dec 2012? All pretty useful stuff!! There were lots of alpacas penned in for the night with some very young ones - two-day old llamas. It turned out there are only 15 ... read more
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Potosi

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 24th 2012

Above location incorrect as we couldn´t find it on the list!! Baggage was loaded on the bus at 6.45 am. Breakfast and then on the road by 7.30 am. A long drive with lunch on the way with food bought by Frenchie and Dave at the local Market first thing. For those of you who have specifically asked for photos of food, Ed took one of the laden table! Soon eaten...... We were on our way to Livichukko - a community project only used by Dragoman a couple of times and not visited previously by our leaders. Pablo, the local translator and coordinator, travelled on the bus with us from La Paz. In the afternoon we arrived at a village near to our destination and were stuck behind other traffic for about 15 minutes as a ... read more
Livichuko
Livichuko




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