Rio de JanieroDecember 20, 2017 in Brazil ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C
Cable car up to the top of Pao de Azusar, visit to Museum of Tomorrow, Christ The Redeemer and lots of sunbathing on the beach.
We have enjoyed a few days relaxing in Salta. We have walked around the old town centre, took a short trip up to the village of San Lorenzo (where I finally ate some Argentinean steak 😋) and managed to get out for a jog after 3 weeks of inactivity!Read more
We woke up at 4:30am and drove to see some Bolivian scenery. Quite a spectacular landscape again as we decended into the valley full of geysers and boiling mud pools. No health and safety barriers here (I need to find out if anyone had actually fallen into any of the holes). All members of our group returned safely.
After that it was a quick dip in the thermal waters further down the road before we finished our flying visit to Bolivia.Read more
A long drive through the desert today. Our driver likes playing Bolivian pan pipe music and speaks no English. Sun is extra strong even though we are at 4000m above sea level. Surprised to see so many llamas and flamengos.Read more
Early start to avoid any police road blocks before heading out onto the salt pains. Quite spectacular landscape with nothing to see for miles around. When we did spot something it was an island full of cacti. We took the typical backpacker photographs but results ain't that great 😉Read more
The curfew is stricter than imagined. We arrived into town with half the restaurants closed and practically all bars shut. There were a few people rushing around to catch the last bus out of town.
Fortunately we found a tour company that is willing to break the curfew. The only catch is that we need to out of town before the police wake up. So another early start tomorrow!Read more
The bus was probably the worst journey so far (on a par with the Indian 6 bed cattle train) but we made it to our destination in one piece.
It turns out there is an election on Sunday which means the country goes into lockdown, i.e no buses to anywhere. Likely to be protests as well seeing the current president / dictator recently changed the constitution to allow him to run for another term. They also impose impose strict alcohol ban for 3 days before the vote to ensure judgment isn't impaired!Read more
A day spent wandering around La Paz. The Witches market sold potions for all sorts of ailments, although I'm not sure of some of the ingredients used. Calle Jean is a street with some old colonial buildings. The public transport is quite unique in this part of the world, a number of cable car lines are built throughout the city.
Tonight we take our last night bus, splashing out with a full flat bed!Read more