May 13 – 16 Sorata 3 hours of a rather uncomfortable (if you are taller than 150 cm) microbus ride from La Paz, there is Bolivia’s trekking capital, Sorata. Situated at the feet of majestic Illampu, it is quite a sight. The village itself is quite small and uninteresting, mostly hotels and restaurants, but the … More 98 – Lake Titicaca
May 8 – 13 Situated in the altitude between 3.5 and 4.1 thousand meters, La Paz really is a city that touches the stars. Uneven, facadeless, precarious-looking brick sheds spread up the hills like a body of some giant amoeba, several lines of cabin ski lifts substitute metro (more to be open later this year), … More 97 – La Paz
May 4 I frankly don’t understand why the buses in this country travel on schedules that will get you to your destination in the middle of the night. To my great surprise, when a bus is supposed to arrive at a certain hour, it will mostly arrive even earlier. Which means that I find myself … More 96 – Dinos!
April 25 Night bus to Sucre. There is only one company that goes directly without changing at Potosi. All long distance buses seem to travel overnight in Bolivia, which is probably for the best, at least I don’t see the road. April 26 Happy birthday to me! My plan to be somewhere nice for my … More 95 – This is Bolivia!
April 22 – 24 Day 1 They say that one should avoid alcohol in the high altitude. I am sure they have good reasons to say so. Thanks to a lama/guanaco/wine dinner with Pete on the night prior to my departure, I am nursing a spectacular hangover on the way to Bolivian border. Light-headed already … More 94 – Crossing to Uyuni
Chile – conclusion Minuses It’s not a cheap destination. Almost as expensive as Europe. Do not talk politics, unless the Chileans start about it, and even then, tact and common sense applies. After the military coup the country was split in two, while one part of the population feared persecution and disappearance, the other celebrated … More 93 – Chile (Conclusion)
…Atacama adventure continues. Day 4 – Valle Arcoiris, the Rainbow Valley We stop on the way in Yerbas Buenas, which – contrary to its name – is not a marijuana dispatching joint, but a site of ancient petroglyphs. It used to be a crossing on the trade route from the Amazons, where people would rest … More 92 – San Pedro de Atacama (Chapter 2)