Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
23Trip End Apr 12, 2011
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The last overnight bus trip we had to endure was probably the worst, it was from Uyuni to LaPaz, 10hrs or so. During the first part of the journey I absolutely cooked, being next to the heating system and the road was insanely rough and windy. After a stop, when the bus was stifling hot they turned it completely off and eventually it became quite cold for the rest of the trip! Other members of my tour crew endured a whole other world of pain when some Israeli dude did the unthinkable, took a crap in the coach toilet (against etiquette) and stunk the back half of the bus out. After arriving in LaPaz and taking a quick nap we all headed out for breakfast and had a walking tour of LaPaz. We went nuts when we got to the market area and bought up big. Alpaca jumpers at $12 each was a hit. Beanies, gloves, scarves, ponchos, leg warmers and more! In the afternoon we arranged to go to the Cholitas Wrestling The typical Bolivian woman with their big fat layered skirts, shawls and the bowler hats, in the ring with some fat ugly masked male wrestler
Alisha was sick during the night and I also lay awake for one horrible hour when my flea bites (from the Uyuni hotel) flared up and almost drove me INSANE with itchiness!! The day got better though. Alan and I were the only ones who opted for an optional tour to a mountain top. The van driver headed North from LaPaz and started climbing higher and higher until we started reaching areas with patches of snow. The scenery was quite bare and with occasional lakes and a beautiful backdrop of snow capped mountains. We eventually got to a Chalet which was at 5300m above sea level. I got off the bus and walked a bit wonky to the toilet because I was very light headed. We set off on the walk to the peak of the mountain. It was steep and at that altitude I quickly became out of breathe and my heart was pounding so hard. I had to sit down a couple of times to stop my head spinning. I would take 15 steps and then rest for quite a while, then take another 15 steps