73. Bolivia - Roadblocks 1November 10, 2019 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F
After crossing the border, we avoided our original destination of the capital of La Paz, which was full of political demonstrators and roadblocks, and headed for El Tholar. Unfortunately, we got stuck at multiple roadblocks, and our 7 hour drive turned into a 12 hour drive as we pursued an increasingly circuitous route as we attempted to find open roads.
Our second day's drive was more of the same. As we headed south, we were able to run through many of the blockades that had been partially dismantled before our luck ran out. We were about 20 miles from our destination of Oruro, when we came upon a "manned" roadblock, meaning there was a bunch of protestors who had not only blocked both sides of the highway with rocks, but were standing there burning tires as well. If you attempt to run a manned roadblock, you will likely get rocks thrown at the car or worse.