Reunited in Coroico

Trip Start Feb 23, 2008
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Trip End Jul 04, 2008


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Thursday, March 27, 2008

So I ended up running into Chris in Coroico right away.  He didnīt even realize that he left me with no money until his guide started asking him for money for his Amiga!  The guide needed to pay back the travel agent.  Anyway, the mountain bike ride was about 70km mostly downhill starting at 15,200 feet and going down to 4,200 ft.  It was over  10,000 feet decent riding on loose rocks and mostly on the edge of a cliff.  Chris said it actually wasnīt that hard, but sometimes you felt like you may lose control on the curves.

The reason we went to Coroico was to try and book a jungle tour to the north of Bolivia.  But unlike both of our guide books say, there was not a travel agent in town.  We ended up meeting up with a couple from Canada, Paige and Charlie, and booking a tour with them through a La Paz tour agent.  We had a day to kill there, so we did a hike to a waterfall and a viewpoint.  The waterfall wasnīt very impressive, but the hike was pretty.

The next day, the 4 of us, and a middle aged Belgian couple, got into a 4x4 jeep and took off on the tour.  The driver was a 16yr nut case.  All of our fingers were sore from gripping the safety handles.  He was passing cars, going up hill, on the edge of a cliff.  Also he was driving so closely behind trucks that our field of vision was completely lost in dust and then he would try and pass.  We almost got in so many accidents.  The 4 of us were panicked, but the Belgian couple seemed fine!  Maybe it was because they didnīt really know english, but just at one point did she say to us "the second part of death road, right." 

After 2 hours of that, which felt like 20, we unded up joining a group of 11 other people in a small local lunch spot.  From there our group became 15 for the next 3 days.
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