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... in the middle of nowhere. In fact, it sat on the edge of a lagoon, with thousands of flamingos. The hotel was not as basic as I had imagined. It had electricity, even if we were only allowed an hours charge in the evening. There were concrete bed with alot of blankets to keep you warm, mine had this scary lion on!?! The worst bit by far was the toilet. During the day we had already experienced life in the wild. Having to drink lots of water because of the altitude, we had ...
... kids out on their bikes for the very rare opportunity to cycle the streets. It made us realise how fantastic any CBD would be if there were a ban on cars in them and I`d love to see Perth do it one day!
Our final Sucre activity was a surprise trek along some Inca trails for my birthday booked by Kate through the brilliant Condor Cafe who make sure the money all goes back into the local community by paying them for trekking on their land or handing out bags of coca leaves to ...
We're at 3900m above sea level. Short drive from Sucre to Potosi - the largest town of its size at this altitude in the world. It comprises about 200,000 people. Its famous for its silver mines which made it one of the richest cities in the world until silver flooded the market and Potosi was all but forgotten. At the turn of the 20th century, the mines were reopened by the government for silver, tin, copper and zinc, as well as other minerals. Now ...
... a few of the companies that were travelling to Tupiza tomorrow morning and eventually settled for O'Globo after they reduced their price from Bs.50 to Bs.40 each. That works out at roughly $7 for a 5-6 hour journey, not bad value!!
We took the micro bus back up the hill towards the centre and jumped off at the central market. Conveniently we happened to get off at a cafe called Malpartida. It is well known for its 'Salteņas', a local Bolivian speciality, and ...
We left the
hotel in a private mini bus for the drive through more stunning mountain
scenery and valleys to the highest city of its altitude called Potosi. The
altitude was 4800m. We had a brief orientation walk around the city centre but
the main plaza and the surrounding public areas were closed and surrounded by
corrugated iron fences which did not make it look very attractive. We had
decided to take the optional mine tour in the afternoon but were a ...