. We think that it was a little Parrakeet. So that was good entertainment for us, after that the next question was when are we going to stop for a break, basically, this question went on for about the next 4 hours as we didn't stop until 6hours into the trip. To give credit to the bus driver, there was not a single place to stop along the way, the journey was all through the rainforest, for miles and miles. When we did stop, we stopped at this very remote village, Santa Rosa and when Orla asked for the toilets, she was pointed to a bush...great fun, luckily we are very light hearted about the whole thing, I mean this is there way of life and it was great to see it. Hopped back on the bus and off we went, arrived in Rurrenabaque at about 11.30. Here we got a motor bike taxis to our B&B (after the Palace Hotel in Guayaranerin, we were determined to get a nice place the following night), and it was a really nice place run by the nicest man ever, he was kissing and hugging us like mad and wants us to pass on the word about his place, it is top class for Bolivia we have to say, its called the El Curidal, it's a bit more pricy than the other places but well worth it.
We decided not to do a pampas tour in Rurrenabaque, a pampas tour is different to a jungle tour and your meant to see more animals but all the animals that we were guaranteed to see we had already seen in Manaus, so we decided to give it a miss and jumped on a 12hour bus to La Paz
. Ya right, 12hours, it turned out to be more like 20hours, O! it was so funny, it was a great character building experience but one you would ever only want to do once. We left at 11am and the views were spectacular during the day, the bus was the usual Bolivian buses that we are used to now, no air con, lots of animals, all part of it. Also, the major thing about this trip is that we were going from zero meters of altitude to 3600m. We thought it would be good to get the bus as this would ease us into the high altitude, all great reasons to get the bus eh! Anyway, the hens on the bus starting laying their eyes at 6am, lovely chuckling noises from them. Also, the bus broke down a few times, all the toilet stops along the way were places that didn't have any descent toilets, so men, women and children just went behind the bus at 2 in the morning to relieve themselves. There was no way we were joining them, once again another story.
Next morning, we headed on our merry way to the bus station to catch the 12 hour bus to Rurrenbaque. This was our first real experience of Bolivan buses, we were in good spirits and ready for an experience. It didn't take long for the entertainment to begin. The bus was full and the main fun for us for about the first 2 hours of the journey was trying to establish what was in the box on a guys lap opposite us. He was minding this box very well on his lap, and looking into it every second minute. Our first clue that it was some animal, bird or insect was that he was feeding it and making air holes in the side of the box. Eventually, a little tiny bird came flying out of the box, O! it was the brightest green colour every, the tiny thing really was beautiful. What a laugh, now there was a bird flying around the bus, so the guy obviously went mad trying to catch it and eventually he did. He was lucky as all the windows in the bus were wide open (the aircon), so he caught it and as fast as he could, the bird was safely back in its box (they obviously haven't heard of cages here yet)