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TravelPod Member ReviewsKoala Hostel Arequipa
Koala's was a little difficult to find at first but once the taxi driver opened his eyes and slowed down a little it was easy to spot on our third drive past. The hostel is quiet, clean and cheap. Very quiet, me and my friend where the only people there but that was probably due to the time of year. The staff were great, very friendly and chatty and made you feel welcome. I would have liked to stay longer.
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Columbia We begin our columbian experience in Cartegena which Is where Gabriel Garcia Marquez seems to really come alive in the old town where balconies hang out over the streets, salsa bars hum during the night and these local touches are poetic almost - like fresh Lime juice being sold everywhere and loads of people line the streets with old type writers printing documents people need. We stay in Cartegena for a few days chilling in the town and planning the next ...
... Lake Titicaca has to be crossed and this is done on very dodgy looking barges. We arrived in a small town and we all got off the bus. The bus is then driven onto what looks like a very old wooden flat barge. We then had to queue to get tickets and make our way down to a small motor boat. The crossing only took about ten minutes, but it was strange to watch our bus seemingly drive across the lake as you can hardly see the barge underneath. La Paz is a very impressive and ...
... the Chili River and again had great views of the volcanoes. The bridge used to divide the city and only certain people were allowed in downtown, common/indigenous people were not allowed across the bridge.
We walked back up from the river towards the town centre and entered through a small door to a big 'tumbo' which now houses 25 families. Tumbos used to be hostels ...
... bit later than planned. I was a anxious that we might have missed the condors, but the hundreds of people waiting on the different platforms at Condor Cross convinced me otherwise! Condors can apparently be seen throughout the Andes, but Condor Cross is one place where you are guaranteed to see them, as they nest in the walls of the canyon there. As the sun rises, the condors use the rising thermals to stretch their wings (which can span 3 metres at times!) with the ...
... however probably wont recommend it to any friends without riding experience.
There is a picture of the graveyard in Arequipa, this is to remind me of the rules once you die. Basically you family must pay to have you buried in the grounds and you can be buried there for either one or three months.... something new for me.
I was very lucky to be able to meet a 90something year old stone brick maker and hear a snippet of his life. Due to the ...