Page 5 of ozray Travel Blog Posts

Today we travelled from Bolivia back into Chile. Issac and Enzo picked us up at 06:30, first stop was overlooking a huge borax mine and then next stop was the entry point for the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. We then went to look at the Laguna Colorado, also known as the Red Lake. Besides the colour the attraction of this lake are the flocks of flamingos who inhabit this lake. Next stop was a Geyser area, similar to Rotorua but on a much smaller scale, but still interesting to see. We stayed for about 20 minutes and left at 10:30. M=Next was Laguna Chalviri which offers hot springs but we didn’t have time to partake and it was just a comfort stop. But just down the road from there was a surprise, an area ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Potosí Department » Salar de Uyuni November 13th 2018

Late pick-up today at 09:30, so after a good 7.5 hours sleep I woke up at 06:00 to catch up on this blog but couldn’t publish it because the hotel’s internet is too slow. Today was basically a driving day to get to our last stop before four nights in the Atacama Desert. Soon after leaving the hotel. We went to the same spot where we watched the sunset and Issac showed us how to do some funny trick photos, which was a lot of fun. We then drove for about 90 minutes to Julaca which is a tiny town almost like a ghost town although Issac told us that a year ago there were no shops providing a public toilet but now there are two. After that we drove on with a couple of stops ... read more

South America » Bolivia November 12th 2018

Very early pick up at 05:10 for our transfer to the airport for the next stage of our journey, the desert stage. Our rep was Carlos who's English was so good, when I spoke to him last night, I thought he may have been English. Flight to Uyuni was at 07:10 and took just 45 minutes. We were a little worried about excess baggage as we were flying a smaller plane run by Amazonas and we had grown to three checked bags. I figured it'd be better to get it to two bags and we re-distributed our things to our carry on bags and in our coat pockets to get the weight down. Again fabulous scenery on a cloudless flight had me looking out the window instead of sleeping and I needed sleep. I've had no ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz November 11th 2018

Up earlier than expected this morning considering there was no deadline for a change. However Daisy went to shower first and it took about 15 minutes for the water to get warm enough and not the most volume of water either. A bit disappointing for such a nice looking hotel. Finally we got ourselves down for breakfast around 8:45 and after that I asked at the desk if they had any suggestions for just one day in La Paz and he offered a taxi to drive us around to the main spots including the Valle de la Lunar (Valley of the Moon) which is 13kms out of the city centre for 800BOB (Bolivian Bolivianos) which is $AU80. It would be much cheaper to go to each spot by taxi but this was so much more convenient ... read more

South America November 10th 2018

Early pickup this morning at 06:30 for transfer across the border to Bolivia and then a tour of the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca before traveling to La Paz. Same flat dry land scape that we’ve seen ever since leaving the Colca Canyon. We stopped just once to look out at Lake Titicaca where you can’t see the other side so it looks like you are looking at the ocean rather than a lake. We got to the border at Kasani and went through the usual procedure of going to the police first where they check your passport matches your exit form and you then go to immigration and get your passport checked and stamped. We then walked across the border and registered on the Bolivian side, then to a different van. There is also a ... read more

South America » Peru » Puno » Lake Titicaca » Uros Island November 9th 2018

Woke up this morning to a beautiful view of Lake Titicaca which we couldn't see last night. This morning we were picked up at 07:00 and Condor Travel rep went with us in a taxi to the port for our tour of the islands of Lake Titicaca. All the boats were tied together and we had to jump from one to another to get to ours. Only four other people were on the boat but it quickly filled to about 40 before we set off at 07:30. After just 30 minutes we arrived at the first Uros floating island and a lady who is head of the island with her husband gave us a demonstration of how they build the islands our of reeds. The guide interpreted for her. The housing is very cleverly made out ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa November 8th 2018

We were driven to Yanque to meet up again with the same group as yesterday. When we arrived, Peter said we had 10 minutes to look around as there was a local market on in the main square with local women and men (dressed as women) dancing around the central fountain. Peter explained later on that the men dressed as women is a tradition passed down from the past when families always tried to match their daughters with a rich family, so sometimes boys would disguise themselves as girls so they could go out together. After 10 minutes I couldn’t see Daisy and Peter was also looking for her as well. I assumed she was shopping and checked all the market stalls but it turned out she was just watching the dancing and Peter found her. ... read more

South America November 7th 2018

This morning we were asked to be ready by 07:30 but didn’t get picked up until 08:10 as the bus was picking up 14 people for the trip to Colca Canyon. Our guide is Peter and the driver is Dennis. There is one other couple from Bardwell Valley in Sydney, and couples from Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and France, so a real mixture. Peter was a very informative guide and first topic was how to combat altitude sickness. The reason being that today we would reach 4.910 metres above sea level which is around 1400 metres higher than Arequipa. He said the number one best thing to do was to chew coca leaves with geepa (not sure about the spelling) but this is like a hard jelly like substance with flavouring that helps produce saliva. I’ve ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 6th 2018

Another relaxed start to the day, we didn’t go out until 11:00. First stop was the Iglesias de la Compania which is right next to Place de Armas. Fantastic stone carving like many buildings here. Then down the road a bit to the other University-run museum, Museo Arquelogico Jose Maria Morante. This is also a small museum of just 5 rooms but they had amazing mummified bodies all in a sitting foetal position. One was also placed in a reproduced burial chamber so you see how they found them with ceremonial articles. At the third room we asked the lady in the room if she spoke English and she did. We thought she might have been a security person but wasn't wearing a uniform so Daisy asked her a question and she turned out to be ... read more

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa November 5th 2018

Up early for our 04:30 transfer to Cusco Airport. It was a little early but it wasn’t far and we got to the airport over two hours before our flight. We had coffee and pastries for breakfast at a little shop after being scared off by the prices at a larger café. The total we paid was just 18 soles compared to that amount for just one sandwich. Flight took off on time and instead of sleeping I was glued to the view I was getting from watching out the window. After initial cloud it was clear most of the way and it was fascinating watching the changing landscape as we crossed the Andes. It was only about 40 minutes in the air. It was a simple matter of paying 30 soles for an official taxi ... read more

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