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Potosi, Bolivia – Mines and Shitty Buses…

Our bus ride from La Paz to Potosi was a once in a life time opportunity... one of those 'learning type opportunities' that you slot under useful experiences in the back of your mind, should you ever be in the same space again... to ensure you make different decisions next time. It was a night bus, and our hostel in La Paz (Wild Rovers) had booked the bus tickets for us. Given the cost of the ticket, I assumed they had booked us onto an El Dorado bus, [...]

By | November 26th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Welcome to the Jungle – Rurrenabaque, Bolivia

Think hot, humid and sticky. So humid you're dripping in sweat, you've never been so hot in your entire life. You're wandering how you could possibly get cooler, you consider cutting the ass cheeks out of your underwear, just to be wearing less clothing. Welcome to the Jungle... Rurrenabaque is in the north east of Bolivia, about a 45 minute flight from La Paz (or a 24 hour bus ride down a dry river bed for the more adventurous). Rurrenabaque airport is a dirt runway with [...]

By | November 22nd, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Getting Dirty in La Paz

“In La Paz you will get taken for a ride” That's what a friend told me before I left for this trip. Now I understand. I'd go as far as saying that I'm a true believer, and that this applies to Bolivia in general. Everyone, from the hostel… to the bus company… to the laundry lady. It’s a bit like a ‘smash and grab’. If you stand out as being from a western country it’s pretty much a definite, if you’re petite and blonde you can add [...]

By | November 17th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Isla del Sol, Lake Titicaca

I'm sitting on the edge of a balcony of a small hostel looking out over Lake Titicaca and the outline of Isla del Sol at sunset. There are other people dotted around the place, all in hiking gear and all of which seem to have stumbled upon this place too. The view is absolutely stunning. Isla del Sol, Bolivia Isla del Sol is a small island on Lake Titicaca, two hours from the town of Copacabana in Bolivia. Upon hearing that it's known as the birth place [...]

By | November 9th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Copacabana, Bolivia

I took my first bus named Copacabana to Copacabana… how fitting. Little did I know there would be many more buses bearing this name on my South American journey. Copacabana is a small hippy type town on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. It was my first border crossing and it went relatively smoothly. Lake Titicaca is a lot nicer from the Bolivian side, and Copacabana is a nice little chilled out place with a completely different vibe to Puno in Peru. Copacabana Bolivia Hostelworld only has two poorly [...]

By | November 8th, 2009|Blog, Bolivia, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Puno, Peru

Lake Titicaca sits on the border of Peru and Bolivia at 3,812 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest navigable lakes in the world. I had heard it needed to be seen from both sides, so we started from the Peruvian side in a town called Puno. Puno is about a 6 hour bus ride from Arequipa. At the hostel in Arequipa we met an Irish couple, an American guy, and a kiwi guy all heading in the same direction, so we went together. [...]

By | November 6th, 2009|Blog, Peru, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Arequipa, Peru

After small town Nazca I was looking for big things from Arequipa, and I wasn't let down. Arequipa is the second largest city on Peru and most people use it as a base for checking out Colca Canyon, which is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA and is home to some impressive condors. So, as good travellers, we promptly booked a two day tour to head out the following day. There were 8 of us in total. We were picked up [...]

By | November 6th, 2009|Blog, Peru, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

The Nazca Lines

I arrived in Nazca on a fancy Cruz Del Sur bus with leather seats. It was my very first night bus experience, and quite the luxurious one. In our attempt to book semi-cama seats, we had booked full-cama... so it was a lovely case of accidental luxury. On arrival at the bus station we were surrounded by countless tour company's offering flights over the Nazca Lines. There aren't a lot of hostel options in Nazca, so we went for The Nazca Trails Hostel, which was [...]

By | November 1st, 2009|Blog, Peru, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Inca Trail, Machu Picchu

I’m exhausted. But I’m exhausted because I’ve been all different kinds of awesome on the Inca Trail for the past 4 days, so it’s a proud and special kind of exhausted… and the exhaustion is my excuse for my current lack of creativity, so please accept my apologies in advance. Here lies our adventure, an adventure that will remain ingrained in my mind forever... Start of the Inca Trail - Lucky group of only 4 We left Cuzco for the Inca Trail with our group [...]

By | October 30th, 2009|Blog, Peru, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

Cuzco, Peru

Turbulence. Lots of turbulence. So much turbulence, that the airplane started to feel more and more like a dehydrated tin box tumbling around thousands of feet in the air with me strapped inside, narrowly avoiding collision with the Andes mountains. There was a small, elderly Peruvian lady sitting next to me, dressed in traditional clothing with long grey plaits of hair… her head was bowed, eyes closed, hands clasped together in prayer… cue more turbulence and images of ‘death via Andes collision' became ever more [...]

By | October 26th, 2009|Blog, Peru, South America, Travel Stories|0 Comments

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