So....we got the death train from Quijarro (at the Brazil-Bolivian Border) to Santa Cruz, which was actually fine! It was bumpy, but the food was good, and we got to watch Lethal Weapon! When we got to Santa Cruz we basically had a few days resting, using the internet and chilling before heading to Samaipata.
The journey to Samaipata was extremely bumpy, winding up through the mountains, but when we got there it was a gorgeous little town. All the buildings were really cute, and there was a small plaza in the middle. We spent the rest of Friday afternoon just relaxing and walking round the town. We found a really cute little cafe and had lasagna for dinner. We stayed in a little guest house with a courtyard full of flowers.
On Saturday we visited "El Fuerte" a pre-inca site that's been used for centuries, for religious purposes and as a meeting place. The actual site was basically a huge megalith on top of a hill that had been carved all over with different things; cats, “snake drains” and the famous Five Niches. We spent the morning walking round the site before walking the 11 kilometres back to the town through the hills.
We spent the rest of the afternoon chilling in a cafe and looking round the archaeological museum. We got the bus to Sucre at about 8 o'clock in the evening, which was the greatest endurance test we have been through yet – a 12 hour journey through the mountains, on dirt “roads”, going through rivers, in the freezing old with no toilet stops! Never again.
Anyway.......then we arrived in Sucre which was much better.
Love to everybody at home, missing you as always
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