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Bolivia and beyond....

from la paz to buenos aires

sunny 21 °C

Since the last entry we have been through Bolivia which we all unanimously voted to be blown off the face of the earth!! Very glad to be outta there!!
We started off with a bus from cusco in peru to copacabana and la paz!CIMG2205.jpg our first experience was not a pleasant one as we got scammed by a taxi driver and his friend the fake policeman! we swiftly told him where to go and hopped out of the taxi. We stayed in the Loki hostel in la paz, sister hostel of the one in cusco and met some friends we had made in peru.
Stayed there for 4 days and then got an overnight bus to Uyuni to the salt flats. the bus was fine for the first 5 hours then it went through the desert and it was like sitting on a vibrating machine for 10 hours!
The hostel we stayed in had no running water, showers or working toilets and i was sick for 4 days so it wasnt pleasant..
we went to the salt flats the next day which was really coolCIMG2232.jpgCIMG2224.jpg
People plan their photos before they go and do very inventive ones, the best we could manage was a pringles box!CIMG2241.jpgThere was a salt hotel but you cant use the facilities as its an illegal structure apparantly.
We ended up being stranded in the godforsaken place of uyuni where you would expect to see tumble weed on every street corner!! the train station was tiny and full of locals who push by you the whole time, no seats for 3 days to ANYWHERE, someone told us we could possibly try to get a bus to argentinian border so we checked out of our hotel at 5am and went to find a bus, arrived at 5am and no seats left! nowhere open and no room to put our bags in so we had to check into a hostel for the day!!
Ended up organising a bus for the next day to the border of argentina at villazon THANK GOD and stayed there 1 night then had to walk over the border to argentina and get our bus to salta which was lovely! CIMG2253.jpg
We stayed for a night and then happened to stroll by the bus station the next day and discovered there was an overnight bus to iguazu leaving in an hour so we ran back to the hostel, grabbed our bags and were outta there!!

Arrived in iguazu 20 hours later and found a really nice hostel which had a pool and pool bar and whats more it was HOT!!
We were in our element splashing around like little happy pigs in the pool until i fell down the stairs in my wet flip flops!! :) We went for dinner at 1am in the morning with some friends for steak and red wine as you do!!
We went to see the falls the next morning and it was amazing! at one point you can see 3 countries, the argentinian side, paraguay and brazil! 1CIMG2313.jpgCIMG2313.jpgCIMG2308.jpgCIMG2290.jpgCIMG2282.jpgCIMG2296.jpgCIMG2268.jpg Te hbackspray was mental from the falls, we were absoloutely soaked in 2 seconds flat!!

Had our flight booked to from iguazu to buenos aires which we seriously appreciated at this stage, our asses seemed to be moulded into bus seats for the last 5 weeks!!
The flight was only 1.30 mins and we arrived in b.aires yesterday afternoon, looks very like new york or london but still crazy that christmas here isint commercial at all! one white christmas tree with lights on the main street but thats it ! no christmas music or wild queues and its warm so were very confused!! not sure if theres even restaurants open so weve located a mc donalds and a 24 hour shop!!
We went for dinner last nite in this fancy place (well 20 euro each) where theres an hour queue to get in and they give you champagne while you wait outside!
Will be in touch again soon with the next installments but Happy Christmas for now / Feliz Navidad!!!! xxx

Posted by nicolasutt 14:21

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