Christian March 28th, 2008
We were in La Paz stuck with a dilemma. It was Wednesday and we were told that it was going to be impossible to find accommodation in Copacabana during the holy week. Apparently thousands of Bolivians flock to Lake Titicaca to ask for repentance each year during holy week. Do we fly to Rurrenabaque and explore the Amazon for a three day tour and come back after holy week to Copacabana, or do we book an expensive tour to Copacabana that would drop us off on the Peruvian side of the lake? After talking to the tour agent about the rainforest, we realized we had one option, to take the tour of Copacabana during holy week since the planes to the rainforest were sold out. We booked our tour to Copacabana with Zig Zag tours in La Paz. It was very nice, our guide Jose met us at our hostel early in the morning before boarding a tourist bus to Copacabana.
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Christian March 22nd, 2008
We decided to take the plunge and mountain bike down the World´s Most Dangerous Road (also known as the Road of Death). This trip would start at 15,400 feet above sea level and continue down to 3600 feet over 40 miles. This is called the world´s most dangerous road due to the number of deaths that have occurred on the road. It is a winding dirt/gravel road that is narrow, has waterfalls pouring onto it, and one side of the road is a cliff that drops off more that 1000 ft. This is definetly a risky ride that we were to emark on. Continue Reading »
Christian March 17th, 2008
Well we are now in Bolivia. We spent a couple of days in the capital city of La Paz to get used to the altitude and to book our bus to Uyuni to view to famous salt flats. Bolivia is very different from Argentina. The streets are filled with women in traditional outfits (bowling hats, colorful dresses) often with a baby slung over there back wrapped in a blanket. The streets in La Paz are filled with people, either on thier way somewhere or selling something. Another thing that is different is the Lustrabotes or shoeshiners. These are older kids that wear ski masks and are everywhere vying to shine shoes. They only charge a boliviano or two, unless you are foriegn, which I later found out. We were excited to book our bus out of the city to the smaller town of Uyuni.
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