Journal

Bolivia And The Express Through Peru

After travelling through blockades of demonstrators in Argentina, which luckily for us only set us back a couple of hours. We finally arrived in Bolivia, landing in Tupiza in the south. With only six days till Christmas day and plans of catching Jake and Claire in La Paz for a hit of cricket, we had little time for delays.

After some discussion on where and how we would see the salt flats of Bolivia, we decided to travel to Uyuni. This is where we took a one day tour out to the salt flats. Thank goodness we didn't take a two or even worse a four day tour because there is only so much salt to see. Nonetheless we had heaps of fun. We are quite surprised at how arid the country is in the south, as we had heard from other travellers that the countryside is spekky.

The other travellers were right; it didn't take long before landing in La Paz to see the countryside changing around us. We met Jake and Claire in La Paz on the 22nd of December, three days before Christmas. This had left us with heaps of time to find a suitable place to bunk down in until the festivities had passed. The four of us headed for Coroico on Jake and Claire's recommendation, which proved to be an excellent choice. We found a cosy tree house each with wonderful views. This is where we spent the next six nights hiding and relaxing. The hosts of our accommodation were wonderful people who make delicious tasting food and alcoholic orange liquor. We didn't hold off nocking back a few of these bottles. There is a 15oo meter zip line broken into 3 sections in Coroico, which is well worth the ride. Heaps of fun, the man guiding us said that you could reach speeds up to 80km/hr flying across the valleys. Bron and I went tandem on the last leg of the zip line. After complete break failure because of the wait and speed we were travelling at, we luckily survived the crash landing with no broken bones.