Llama foetuses to island hopping

After our amazing few days on the road jeep crossing from Chile to Bolivia, we caught an overnight bus to the bustling city of La Paz. Wow.


The markets, the lovely people, the vibrancy of the busy streets, the hooting of cars, the street food and finally being able to better speak and understand the Bolivian Spanish brought the city to life and made us truly fall in love with it!



After a couple of days suffering from the typical South America travelling bug, I recuperated thanks to being in the care of the most caring guy ever.. And soon enough we hit the markets and became regular diners at our Bolivian momma, Elizabeth’s busy market store. Fried trout for me, chicken (complete with all its parts) for Livia and chicken for Josh


We spent 3 great days walking the streets from the mystical witches markets selling potions for every ailment, spiritual statues, incense and most bizarrely llama foetuses which are supposed to bring good luck.. Business here can keeps the lovely ladies on their toes…

Can you spot the llama foetuses below? (Click to enlarge)


Another highlight in La Paz was visiting the San Pedro prison… If you haven’t read the book Marching Powder you won’t understand our thrill of seeing the prison (only the outside don’t worry moms). A Brazilian guy tried to lure us in to visit an inmate who he had connections with, but we were hesitant and luckily so, as once we said no thanks he tried begging us for money. Hello what’s with the begging? We thought you claimed to be a tour guide and a security guard.. Needless to say we quickly departed the area


After a bit too much market shopping this guy was looking for something with a bit more adrenaline.. Hello running down a building in a Spider-Man outfit

Ahhhh so much worse being the person down the bottom watching my love dangling down a building


But what can I say? He did great! And all smiles as he reached the bottom 🙂


After a great stay in La Paz it was time to zip up the back packs and goooo northhhhh. Our next port of call was Isla Del Sol. We caught a bus to Copacabana (northern tip of Bolivia, bordering Peru). Now listen to this! I was sticking my head out the window as I do and I spotted 2 friends from Sydney, Nat and Tash! Was so excited to see them and we managed to spend that night with them (and 9 crazy Argentineans) at the magical Isla El Sol!

After a steep, hard walk we reached our heaven! And only $4 a night!


We watched sunset with drinks and good company


After a fun night we woke up bright and early to watch sunrise..


Josh and I carried on walking and exploring this awesome island and Josh made some friends along the way


But soon enough it was time to leave 😦 easily could have spent another day enjoying this tiny slice of paradise!

But drum roll… Time for Peru! We walked and bussed over the border and arrived in Puno, on the Peruvian coast of Lake Titicaca. With just a quick stopover here we took a morning trip to islas flotantes de los uros – the floating islands of the Uros people.


It was so cool to see how the Uros people use the naturally growing totoro reeds to construct everything on their islands- from their houses to their boats, furniture and even food!


That’s all for now friends. Next up we catch an overnight bus to Cusco

Adios and thanks again for following our journey and keeping us company with your comments!

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Jeep journey through salt

Our 3 day jeep ride from San Pedro de Atacama to Uyuni, Bolivia began at this humble office. Hola Bolivia!

Passports stamped, jeep group formed and off we went. Our jeep consisted of Javier the driver, Josh and I, the 2 Brits Joss and Anthony, the Italian flight attendant Claudio and Iludie, our lovely French girl.

The first day we passed many coloured lagoons… From the white lagoon


to the red lagoon.

Slowly but surely the altitude was rising and i reckon between our group we experienced every possible symptom of acclimatising to the high altitude. After we arrived at our hostel in the middle of nowhere, dinner was served! Soup followed by mash, salad, hotdogs and the first of many rounds of concrete-style stale bread. Mm.

After a rocky start to the morning, think being greeted by an overly friendly, giggling and presumably drunk driver we eventually got going.. Thank goodness for seatbelts. On a more pleasant note we enjoyed the shade of the rock tree 🙂

And then enjoyed lunch prepared by our sobered up driver

After lunch (just casually) we experienced a tornado!!! Claudio and Iludie were standing right where it began and were swept into a pool of dust. Check out the shadow…

Night two was spent at a salt hotel… Everything from the beds to the tables, chairs, walls and floors was salt

The girls quickly made a new friend 🙂 who reminded us of Tommy from Maipu

Morning came around quickly.. Jeep packed and ready for our last day on the road

We headed to the cactus island which is literally a random mountain of endless cacti of different shapes and sizes

Ever seen a blue one???

Our llama friends followed us from the cactus island into the salt flats

Where the fun began!



Followed by lunch on the salt flats 🙂

And a final group snap!

Great few days.. thanks to an awesome group, beautiful scenery, well functioning jeep and a driver-who-got-no-tip

Next stop La Paz!!

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