Peru with a bang!
First days in Peru have been up and down, from feeling great to being stuck in bed sick. Still been able to visit some interesting places. First stop after coming over the border from Bolivia was Lake Titicaca, which belongs to both countries. So obviously it was time for a boatride to explore it.
First where the floating islands of Uru. They are manmade islands around 30 minutes from the mainland. The islands are pretty cool even though they are extremely touristy.
I also stayed with a local family for 2 days, herding sheep, harvesting quinoa and off course playing some more high altitute football. That experience was more real than the floating islands even though it is clearly tainted by excessive tourism. But got a pretty comfy bed instead.
But this morning I just finished the highlight of the trip so far.
Still have over a week left in Peru so I will be updating soon!
Last day in Bolivia
In Potosi I visited an active silver mine in one of the most famous silver mountains in the world, Cerro Rico. A part from that the stay in Potosi was quite uneventful but the view over the city was great.
Then I headed to the capital of Bolivia, Sucre. There I went rock climbing in the mountains above the city, pretty fun.
Also went to see some dinosaur footprints which was cool.
From Sucre I took an overnight bus to La Paz. Do not really like the city. Sucre was a lot nicer.
However La Paz has a trick up its sleeve. Death Road!!!
Probably the single greatest thing I have ever done. Started of going up to 4700 meters, snow and all.
After cycling around 24 km on tarmac as warm up it was time for Death Road, one of the most dangerous roads in the world. 30 km on dirt with a mountain on one side and a huge drop of on the other side of the road. The bottom was at 1200 meters so the change in altitude was extreme. Thankfully my body seems to have gotten used to the altitude so I had no problems.
And then zip lining to finish the day off.
Tomorrow I head to Peru!!!
First days in Bolivia
First days in Bolivia have been a roller coaster. First day I got up to 5000 meters above sea level. That did take a toll on the body, with headaches and sleepiness. But also saw some awesome places.
But even though the altitude was difficult it did not stop me from playing some football before bed (at 4000 meters). Awesome experience but just a small sprint leaves you breathless.
One of the most spectacular places on earth was next up. The Uyuni Salt Flat stood up to its name. What a place!! Just breathtaking.
Now I am in Potosi, one of the highest cities in the world, at 4090 meters.
Until next time!
Three Countries in three days
After leaving Cordoba I went to Buenos Aires to meet a good friend from 7 years ago. I got the rush tour of the city as well as the advantage of local knowledge when it came to eating.
But the stay was short and next up was Salta in the northern part of Argentina. It is famous for its empanadas so of course they were a part of every meal.
Aside from the empanadas climbing to the top of the hill and looking over the city is a must and even better the second time around.
And enjoying a gaucho day proved better then expected.
Next up was a long bus ride to Chile! but first the necessary stop at the seven coloured hill in Jujuy.
I the made the most of the short time I was staying in San Pedro de Atacama, which is in the northern part of Chile. First of was sand boarding in the Death Valley followed with a tour of the Valley of the Moon.
And now its time for Bolivia!!!