Crossing borders

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Sep 20, 2012

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Crossing the border between Argentina and Bolivia was not as bad as I had expected. The worst thing was the bus that took us from Salta To La Quiaca, which was old and dirty and freeezing. Sleeping was pretty much impossible. When we arrived, after an overnight 8 hour journey, it was six o'clock in the morning. The condensation on the inside of the windows was frozen.

The border only opened at seven so we had to squeeze into a tiny shelter at the busstop that at least kept the wind away but it didn't prevent our feet fropm turning into blocks of ice. Just before seven we jumped into a taxi that took us to the border. From there we had to walk across. While we had to wait there until it was our turn the sun started to rise. By the time we arrived in Bolivia it was up in the sky.

Onother two-hour bus took us to Tupiza and confirmed everything we had heard about the terribble standarts of Bolivian buses. At least in Tupiza a nice hostel was waiting for us, with a warm double bed and hot showers. We slept for three hours before we made our way into town for some nice food and in the search of some warm clothes. We didn't find what we wanted so I wonder how we will cope on our four-day Salt Flat tour that we have booked from tomorrow on...

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