Peru to Bolivia

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Sep 30, 2010

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hello all,

Well after a 20 hour painful journey we find ourselves deep in the Bolivian jungle at a place called Rurrenabaque about to head into the jungle for three days, the bus ride was one of those more memorable ones for all the wrong reasons, huge shear drop offs, seat issues, inability to get the over counter diazepam  we thought we could etc,  etc, basically a one-way road and we were sharing it with big ass trucks, every now and then we had to back up and you know when the locals start banking on the roof to indicate we are a little close to the edge things must be a little dicey, still once the sun goes down we may as well be on state highway one. 

Since the last blog we have made our way through Peru into Boliva, we trekked the Santa Cruz trek a moderate 4 day trek through the Andes, walking up an amazing glacial valley to the high pass of about 4700m above sea level, pretty amazing scenery all around, including the peak used in the paramount pictures introduction trailer, see pic.  Group was great, two fun Irish girls and a hard case yank, but there is always one and ours happened to be a middle aged Polish women who lives in the states, i will from hence forth call Liability, she was slow, rude, stubborn and generally painful, remind anyone of world war 2????? good to poke shit at though.  The days were a mix, the longest 9 hours over the pass into a forested valley and following amazing rivers with massive glaciers all around, some of which in heavy retreat (global warming deniers take note)  Carrying only day packs as the donkeys carried tents, food, cooking gear etc made for really nice walking.

From there we headed to Huacachina an oasis in with massive sand dunes which we bordered and cruised round on a massive dune bugie type thing which the local driver threw round the dunes, was great fun.  Another long bus took us to Puno on the Peruvian Bolivian boarder where we visited the famous floating islands, locals build these islands to float on the massive lake Titicaca, they say they did it to escape the Inca.....  anyway now a massive tourist attraction, and very commercial but worth the look.  Then we headed to La Paz, seems like a very cool place, at the height of about 3800 takes a little getting used to a couple of flights of stairs gets the heart going. We are heading back there for the weekend after the jungle, have splurged for the flight back, meant to be a good party place and will enjoy a few wets to celebrate NZ beating Paraguay and making the next 16. 

From there we heading back to Peru and on to Cuzco and Mucho Pichu, not walking the Inca trail but may do another small trek to take in the ruins if we have time, from there to Lima and then to Costa Rica to meet Hannah parents for 5 days on the beach.

Hope everyone is well

Go the mighty all whites!!!
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Maureen on

Glad you're safe, roads sound dicey. Flying back sounds like a good idea. All good here, miss you guys xxoo

ann on

Beautiful photos.. Oh to be young again !

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