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Archive for December, 2007

Buenos Aires

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

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We flew from Salta straight to Buenos Aires on Christmas Eve afternoon.  I had splashed out and booked us a nicer hotel for our time over Christmas, and while the hotels we have been staying in were fine, a flat screen tv, massive bed and about 50 tv channels were definitely appreciated.
We knew that the […]

Salta

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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We left San Pedro on 21st December.  The bus ride from San Pedro to Salta went through the Andes, which meant climbing up them and then down again, which gave some great views, especially of the changing scenery of the desert on the Chilean side to a bit greener on the Argentine side.
There were a […]

Feliz Navidad

Monday, December 24th, 2007

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Well it´s that special time of year again. A time to be spent with family and friends but seeing as we are in a country on the other side of the world, the celebrations will have to wait till another day.
We hope that the weather is good, there is plenty of food and booze and […]

San Pedro de Atacama

Friday, December 21st, 2007

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So, Dave and I arrive in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile, on the edge of the driest desert on earth, expecting to catch a bus to Salta, Argentina, the next day.  We were dreaming of Argentine steaks washed down with red wine for dinner the next eve, until we found out that the bus to […]

Salt plains, silly photos and freaky coloured lagoons!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

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After flying back from Rurrenabaque, we got ourselves on a overnight bus to Uyuni, the jumping off town for tours to the salt flats.  The first part of the bus ride was okay, but after about 4 hours, the road deteriorated to a very bumpy track, and sleep was very difficult. I still managed, Dave […]

Bolivian Amazon

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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We flew from La Paz to Rurrenabaque in a death pencil, over the Andes. Flying over the Andes was spectacular, some of the mountains were as high as we were, though fortunately far enough to the left or right. Arriving in Rurrenabaque was a big change to La Paz, firstly as it was a dirt […]

Freewheeling down the worlds most dangerous road

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

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One of the big to-do things on our list for this trip was to bike down the worlds most dangerous road, which is outside of La Paz.  Nearly everybody on the gringo trail does it, so I thought I had better tick it off as well. 
The road was once the ´Worlds Most Dangerous¨as it is […]

La Paz

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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The bus from Copacabana to La Paz had one highlight - crossing the straights of Tiquina. This involved getting off the bus, buying a ticket for a passanger boat, being crowded on to a small boat with all the other tourists travelling from Copacabana to La Paz, to cross the 800m stretch between to bits […]

Lake Titicaca

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

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The morning after arriving in Puno, we took a local boat to visit the Floating Islands of the Uros people. 
The islands are made of totora, a reed which grows in Lake Titicaca, which they dry and weave into blocks, making an island which floats on the lake, which they then anchor to the lake bed, I guess […]

Cusco to Puno

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

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We had two options to get from Cusco to Puno, on Lake Titicaca - take a normal direct bus for about $3,  or do the tourist option of $30, a guided tour of four sites along the way, and a nice lunch.  Being tourists, we took the more informative (and expensive) option.
So, we left Cusco, the navel […]