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Travel Diary: The Journey to Uyuni from La Paz

We split our bus journey form La Paz to Uyuni up slightly. The whole journey takes about 12 hours and is renowned for being uncomfortable, due to a lack of paved roads, and absolutely freezing (the windows actually iced over!) Our first leg of the journey was to Oruro, but thanks to the woman who sold us he ticket, we almost had to wait another day. We'd been the day before to try and buy ...

Travel Diary: Eating in La Paz, Bolivia

A big part of travel is food. Discovering new dishes is a fun way to get to know the country you're in, and can lead you to discover delicious new foods (and sometimes not). We first arrived in La Paz in the evening (following a very, very bumpy bus ride). We found somewhere to stay and headed out in search of something to eat. In a city as busy and bustling as La Paz you ...

Travel Diary: Exploring the La Paz Witches’ Market

I'm a big fan of markets abroad. There's not so many back home, at least not outside of London. When you do find them they're quite often full of clothes you wouldn't want to wear and Nike knock-offs. Markets abroad seem to sell everything. La Paz is full of different markets: food, car parts, flowers and even the Witches get their own market! In the Witches' market you'll find all sorts of things ranging from ...

Welcome To Bolivia

Our first impressions of Bolivia weren't great. Whilst Peru was full of smiling faces and helpful people, Bolivia seemed grumpier and ruder. Crossing the border into Bolivia is a pretty slow process. I've heard and read it's even worse for Americans with immigration control being fussy about the quality of dollar notes: no creases whatsoever. Being British is definitely an advantage in South America when it comes to avoiding costly visa charges! About 20 minutes ...

Lake Titicaca and The Floating Islands of Uros

Leaving Cusco meant organising our own transport for the first time. Peru Hop had been the easy way out in that respect. Fortunately, Cusco is a pretty easy place to organise a bus from. There are many different companies that offer bus rides from Cusco to Puno. Even with our poor Spanish we managed to make ourselves understood. A guide to Lake Titicaca Puno isn't really somewhere you stay for a few days. There's just ...

Machu Picchu, Peru

Then came the day the whole trek had been about. The big one. Seeing Machu Picchu! Our guide tried his best to tell our group of four that a bus ride to the top would be better, we would have a long day ahead of us and hiking the 600+ steps might mean we were too tired to enjoy the day. In our minds bus ride = cheating. Determined to hike up to Machu Picchu ...

Cola de Mono Zipline on the Salkantay Trek

On the fourth day of the Salkantay Trek we had a choice: trek along the road for 3 hours, or take on zip wires, crossing from one mountain to another. Guess which option we went for? Zip wires of course! Cola De Mono are the company behind Peru's first ever zip line and they offer you not one, not two, but six lines! After a 20 minute uphill hike you arrive at the first line. Once ...

Treking to Machu Pichu the Salkantay Way (Days 1-3)

If you think of Peru, I'm sure you then think Machu Picchu. Obviously we couldn't miss seeing this famous "lost city", but how to get there? There was absolutely no way we were just getting the bus up. No, we were definitely walking the only decision to make was which way? You may remember a post from aaaages ago about our decision to take on the Salkantay Trek and that's exactly what we did. We ...

PERU HOP REVIEW: Colca Canyon Day Two

We awoke at 5.30 in the Colca Canyon, wolfed down what seems to be the standard breakfast in hostels of bread and jam, and got back on the bus. This morning we were off to see the condors fly - huge birds that are over a metre tall, have over over a 3m wing span and can weigh up to 12 kilos. Along the way we stopped to get some pictures with alpacas and try some ...

PERU HOP REVIEW: Colca Canyon Day One

We booked our Colca Canyon tour through Peru Hop simply for ease and it meant we could go straight away and catch the next bus to Cusco without hanging around for a few more days in Arequpia. The Canyon is about 3 hours away from Arequpia and takes you almost 5000m above sea level. Given that the night before we'd been by the sea we hadn't had much time to acclimatise and spent most of ...