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.
With New Years Eve a day away, Bronnie and I said goodbye to Jake and Claire. We headed back to La Paz to enjoy the massive celebrations that were to come. When the clock struck twelve on New Years Eve, we felt like we were entering a war zone. Fireworks littered the whole sky for roughly an hour or two. Fireworks were shooting over the top of our roof top bar, into buildings, into windows, bouncing off rooftops and generally flying in all sorts of directions. We have never experienced a fire works display like it before, where the whole city is involved with the display and restrictions seem to be non existence. The general feel we have had of La Paz is complete craziness. The city is a must see and experience place of anything goes. We met Glenn and Claire another couple from Australia on the bus from Coroico to La Paz. We spent every evening in La Paz on this second visit here with them. We look forward to enjoying a wine tour with them when we are back is Aus.
Feeling completely knackered from our expeditions through lots of partying, we were seeking a bit of respite. This we found in Copacabana and Isla Del Sol. Copacaban is an easy town to stop over for organising boat trips to the islands of Lago Titicaca. We opted to just see Isla Del Sol as we were both craving for more waves.
Feeling delighted with what we had accomplished and experienced in Bolivia, we left wondering if we would ever be back to tackle and experience more in this crazy country. Bolivia is definitely high on the list of favourites.
Glad to beat the rush of Christmas and New Years, we have landed in Lima. After talking to Triff, we learnt that he was in Punta Hermosa, which is south of Lima by 30-45 minutes. Triff had found himself a job as his way of beating the sky rocketing prices of the festivity season. We bunked down in Punta Hermosa for the next week enjoying being back in a familiar place near the beach.
Feeling a bit antsy to be surfing in board shorts, we bee lined straight to Ecuador stopping in Trujillo for the night to catch up with Liz. We had a great evening with Liz and hopefully we can catch her in Colombia later in our trip.