Feels good to be back in la paz the same day I arrived on a 10 hr overnight bus to uyuni. The trip to uyuni was well worth it considering the hours to get there. Bolivia is beautiful and so surreal that a landscape like that exist. A cactus island that use to be under the sea in the middle of the salt lakes. It seems a little unbelievable that we we’re walking on salt, so naturally I tasted it. it was salt if course.
Unbelievable and I was fortunate enough to share this experience with a lovely British couple ( Michael and Karen) I met who was on their year long honey moon. We all seemed to share the same sense of humor and got a long quiet well. And apparently we had the party jeep where our car seemed to always be pumping random music everytime we came back from our little excursions. They had a range of music taste and it was kinda funny how by the end of the day with the sun setting behind us, the Bolivians had began playing the Australian anthem for me. ha. I am not at all patriotic but I am Australian. it followed by the British anthem. And then the French which was dramatic, followed by the Bolivian one which had an electric guitar opening. Loved it. Why they had these anthems on their playlist, I am not sure but it kept us guessing what they were going to play next.
Even the 6hr trip on a quad bike around la paz was pretty unbelievable. The route was more difficult then the last one but I drove around different mountains ranging from green pastures to desert dusk in a matter of hours. Passing through these small little towns felt like I was in a movie. There were kids sitting around in the middle of the desert waiting for something to happen and it seemed me riding through it, wasn’t very interesting. The roads were narrow dirt tracks on the sides of hills, short sharp turns meant you can’t go very fast cause a wrong move could send you over the hills. I guess the Bolivians are use to these roads cause they were going pretty fast, like it was a race course. I had so much fun that day but by the end of it I was pretty exhausted and sick of driving. I think you have to see the landscapes in which laz paz sits on in order to really appreciate la paz, otherwise it looks like just another city. So get yourself to a proper look out if you’re reading this.
So the bus ride to cross the border to Bolivia wasn’t bad with a stop over for lunch. I was a little sad to say goodbye to Peru, especially cause I didn’t expect to like it so much. But Bolivia, I’m here. I ended up having to sit in the front seat next to the bus driver on theBolivian bus cause they overbooked it. This British guy joined me as well except he only had a cushion for his butt. It has come to my understanding that the pre-requisite for bus drivers is that they have to be crazy. It was scarier sitting at the front. The bus driver was a nice guy though despite his lack of patience with us. He really didn’t wanna run over the rabbit. It was a split second that it just popped onto the road. It probably upset me more though. The country was quiet clean despite everything. Lake titicaca on the Bolivian side was just as beautiful. As we arrived in the traffic congested city of la paz, Che Guevara was noticeably revered. There was jst so much stuff everywhere. Anything you could think of, you could buy on the streets. This was not what I expected of La paz. So me, Briton and Russia split ways and after I checked in, I went looking for food. by that time it was bout 7pm and dark. There are little street stalls everywhere and as I walked by a few looking for after-dinner snacks, I came across a few that had animal parts and animal heads. I don’t think I was looking at snack stalls anymore but I was at what they called the witch’s market. I later found out that these animal parts were IIama foetuses and dried lamb corpses. Apparently they were used for worship to pachamama. I’m trying not to think of the animal cruelty involved here. It was a shock. You can’t really judge a country that is seen as the poorest country in SA. The city sits on mountains and hills and seeing it all in front of your eyes can be quiet intimidating.
I took a quad bike up to mallasa and the moon valley a day later and my god it had the most amazing views. It was so fun driving through the little villages and overlooking the city. A must do and a highlight. People were actually walking up these treacherous hills while I was quad biking up it. Don’t know how long it would take to walk it.
Bolivia has really beautiful natural landscapes. Deserts, lakes and snow all in a few hours between each other. Somehow these past two weeks has become somewhat of an unexpected adventure.