Home to the stolen cars of Brazil

Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
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Trip End Sep 09, 2010


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

This town is a tad random and not exactly on the backpacker trail. We could tell by the taxi driver whio carried us from the border double checking that we had said the right town. Also quite amusing was that he didn't want Bolivianos as payment despite being in Bolivia? Bit of bad luck as we had changed all our Brazillian xxxx for Bolivianos at the border. We agreed on US but then he decided that because our $5 dollar bill had been folded he would go for the Bolivian stuff anyway. Nutter.

He dropped us off at a place where I think the photo accurateley depicts it as prison style. What the photo can't show you is the noises coming from next door that made it feel more like we were in a bad place.

We headed out to see the town which, in fairness, looked like it may have been really nice at one time and could be again with a bit of dosh spent on it. There was a nice harbour with cracking views over the wetlands. We went back to the cell before dark though, safer that way. Had a few drinks including Bolivian wine. Down the toilet after one sip, 1.36 a bottle! And Skarloff Ice ( Yes like smirnoff, a bit!), made in Brazil but not for consumption in Brazil!! Em thinks she knows why.

The reason we were here was to get a once weekly flight to La Paz via Santa Cruz and avoid what the Lonely Planet ominously describe as the "death train" and a couple of long bus journeys by some crazy drivers.

Oh, and as the heading suggests this is also where most cars that are stolen in Brazil end up, on route to the more populated areas of Bolivia. In town more than half the cars have had there registration plates removed.. Uhm, I wonder why?
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