28. Jan, 2010

Next Stop Bolivia

Next Stop Bolivia

Che GuevaraAfter a week in Peru, it was time to continue our adventure. Next stop, Bolivia! Early in the morning, we walk down to the bus station in search of transportation from Puno to La Paz, Bolivia. There are only two buses that depart every day. One leaves at 7:30am and the other at 2:30pm. That’s simple, I was sleeping at 7:30am so 2:30pm it is.

Not so fast Skippy! This is South America and nothing is really as it seems. Service into La Paz has been suspended because of social unrest, and it has become to dangerous to drive across the border! The exact words given to us by the bus company was “muy peligroso”.

Plan “B”. Catch a bus to Copacabana (which is right across the Bolivian border) and worry about getting to La Paz from there.

2 o’clock rolls around and we check out of our hostel and head towards the bus terminal. No really excited about walking again will our backpacks, we catch a ride on a local taxi.

The taxi’s here are cool. A cross between a rickshaw and a pimped out tricycle! Two people can sit in the front, and the driver sits in the back and peddles. It’s like a backwards pedicab. Anyways, we finally get to the bus station and are on our way towards Copacabana. Besides being hit up for a HUGE retaliation visa at the border, everything went fine.

Once across the border we made our way to Copacabana and found a bus going to La Paz. Twenty Boliviano’s, and three hours later we were in La Paz! The bus driver didn’t feel like going all the way to the bus terminal, and instead, dropped us off in some criminally infested ghetto. Along with a couple of Argentinian’s we meet, we flagged down a cab and got out of there.

Finally, over 10 hours later, we were in La Paz and made our way to Vanessa and Jessie’s place. Our new couch surfing best friends!