Change of route for safeties sake

Trip Start Aug 28, 2004
Trip End Aug 2005

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

Well folks after much deliberation and researching the news and asking the locals what the current situation is in ¨Bolivia¨, we have decided to divert our route into Chile and go and see the ¨Salar de Uyuni¨ (Salt Plains) from the Chilean side of things... It´s a bummer that we have to miss out the major ¨Bike ride¨, but better safe than be sorry.
It{s a case of we could get into La Paz the capital by bus then walking through the blockades and cab the otherside; but getting out again would be tricky.

¨Arequipa¨ is a wonderful Colonial City with a most amazing Monastery, there are still Nuns living there and the scenery surrounding us is of the Volcanoes and other snow capped mountains. The weather is much more subtle with a slighty warmer and balmier feel than ¨Puno¨. Where we have just travelled from, thank goodenss.Plus $20 4star hotel and three course stylish lunch for under a pound. We have also landed on our feet with a really sweet Hotel and room too. The simple things really do count, it´s the first proper bath we have had all year round (if we discount Sarah & Stu´s pad in Sydney and Gareth and Fi,s Bermuda). We were planning to go see some caves with 3000 year old paintings but to do it indepenndently is going to cost way too much (when compared to what we have recently been doing!!). So we may just recharge our batteries and plan our journey into Chile from here.
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