Bolvia part 2

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Loud colourful birds, lush green mountains, semi cloud forests, fireflies, coca and coffee plantations and much more, this is the heaven of Coroico, northern Bolovia. Just a fairly short trip over the newly built death road (the old death road which it replaced was infamous as the most dangerous road on the planet) was the nicest place we have visited. A week of hiking in the hills, touring local coffee farms, passing numerous coca plantations (this is one of the few regions in the world where the plant is legally grown for medicinal purposes) and relaxing with great food. Our first stop was a lovely French guesthouse, on a steep mountainside with stupendous views down the valley and amazing food cooked with fierce pride by a French family. Llama steaks, trout lasagne and many other creative dishes were accompanied by entertainment from the kitchen, plenty of loud arguments, heavy drinking, coca leaf munching and one spectacular hissy fit by lead frenchie with the specials board being smashed on the restaurant floor in anger! Bolivia is by far the cheapest country we have visited and it´s great to stay in nicer hostels!

Next onto a beautiful place where we had our own cabana complete with (outdoor) kitchen, amazing views, hammocks and lots of wildlife to look at. I think everybody now knows this is where we got engaged so we are not going to bore you all again with out soppy love story :) We did lots of hiking and relaxing here before heading back again to the French guesthouse and eventually back to La Paz.  Before we left we were able to visit a local coffee farm where we got a tour from a lovely indigenous grandmother. It took quite a walk through unmarked roads and trails, as well as asking locals semi-clear spanish questions, but seeing such an integral part of the local economy was well worth it. They even had a pet anteater!
We love La Paz, and have stayed a week relaxing and exploring this fascinating city. At 3,600 metres it is the highest capital in the world, built on a series of hills that make walking around pretty interesting. The food is great though with some really interesting restaurants and cafes. A few days ago some national elections were held and the entire country was essentially shut down for 24 hours before and after.  This meant no driving, no open shops or restaurants, but plenty of kids in the street playing games and riding on skateboards enjoying the lull of a usually hectic and crazy city.  It made for an interesting day for us tourists who rely on local commerce and transit, but we made it through by relaxing and watching the Spurs. After Alex´s birthday, we are off to Chile and are very excited to meet his adventurous parents for 10 days!

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Grammie on

Looking at some pictures.....absolutely beautiful scenes.... and el cafetal looks like a place I might enjoy for a few days.

And Happy Birthday, Alex. May you always remember this one....

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