Trip Start May 04, 2011
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The journey to Bolivia was long as expected and true to form for this tour. With hangovers galore and me with a sore throat, the smaller group of us (10) went down to the Puno bus station where it was identified by the tour leader that there was some mix up with our bus tickets and essentially we didn't have a bus. None of us really cared due to the fact that we were either all still intoxicated from the night before or recovering. The tour guide organised an alternate mini-bus for us to catch to the Peru/Bolivia border. The woman who had lost her passport was causing great drama and arguing with the tour leader about everything and being quite unfair
We arrived in La Paz about 5 pm. We explored the main street and square with our tour leader when on the way to dinner. It is a more developed city than what I expected, but some very shoddy footpaths and the craziest power-pole wiring I have ever seen
Melissa and I added an extra night to our La Paz itinerary when planning the trip and very glad we did because 1 night would be useless to see anything. On our full day, we roamed around the streets of La Paz. The car fumes still bother me and all the footpaths are taken up by street-sellers and market stalls so u walk on the road along with the traffic. A major talking point of this entire tour has been the San Pedro prison in La Paz which is an unorthodox prison where inmates have to pay rent for their cell and bribe their way for survival
The rest of the day was spent walking thru markets, shops, the main Government square, and booking our accommodation for Buenos Aires. With the organised tour now officially over, the remainder of the tour group hired mountain bikes to ride on the ‘Worlds Most Dangerous Road’. Not my interest and I am glad I didn’t go because they left at 730 am and didn’t return until 930 pm! I wanted to see La Paz and explore a bit. If we had more than just the full day then I might have been tempted to do the mountain biking or go out to the salt flats, but doesn’t really excite me (someone died a few years ago when their breaks failed and went over the cliff!). Plus, I am 100% over any more strenuous physical exercise this break.
So that’s it for the organised tour. Some great people and 1 I look forward to forgetting. Really enjoyed the Amazon, Inca Valley, but not so much the Lake Titicaca bit. Bolivia was a nice surprise. Typing this on the plane to Buenos Aires and looking forward to some relax time.