Horse back riding in Southern Boliva
Arriving in Buenos Aires and after a few days here my daughter seems to be fascinated more with seeing Machu Pichu instead of going to Brazil. We make the decision to change plans and have now the opportunity so go thru Bolivia. NJot knowing much of the country we get our first experience by coming to the border around 5 am. We leave the bus from the street and it seems deserted here. we have to walk for about 1 km and there are barrels being used to have fires in as people around them trying to stay warm. This is wierd for me. How we got to get off the bus without any information as where we need to go. Crossing a long bridge we can see some houses and finally the bus station where we were suppose to arrive in. We are still in Argentina and are informed that the borden won't be open till later in yhe morning.
Bus stop over in Boliva
After another nice little walk we finally are able to cross. And what a difference !!! I didn't thinks any of the busses here were still in existence. I learned about the world largest salt plains just a few hours ago on the bus and that is were we heading to or at least the closest town nearby. Coming to a small town(which I forgot the name by now, sorrrrrryy) it is easy to find very affordable lodging and we are going horseback riding for afternoon fun. We get a private guide and are heading to the desest part. We're having a blast, halfway thru i get to do some light rock climbing and on the way back we race each other. Of course this is pg13, we've both rode before but we are far from being good at it. The scenery is awesomeand it was a afternoon well spend.
Bus stop over in Bolivia
Next day we are of to the salt plains. right on the edge there's salt shops and hundreds of 1mter tall hills where they shovel the salt to drain the water from it so it can be loaded up the trucks to head to the refineries. we cross the plains and all you can see is the white salt and blue sky. About a hour in the drive there's the salt hotel in the middle of nowhere. Here they have a few rooms and we are picking up a couple of guys that stayed the night regretfully. With no electric and no other guest those guys were bored out of their minds, From here we go to Isle de Pescado. Island of the fish, named after the shapeof the island. the cactusses is what is so unique here.I am told those are a very different kind that can survive alll the salt in the soil.
This was a great experience and a must do when you are in Bolivia. We have one more day here in town and all we're going to do is just hang out around the main sqaure and taking it easy. After being here for 3 days we have to get on the bus untill we get to Cusco, A long haul going thru this country. our bus take us for hours thru the country, no paved roads here. we arrive in a very small village were from here we take the 1980s land cruisers. 3 people in front, 4 in the middle and 10 in the back which is where I am. all these peopel here are 5 feet tall and my legs are way to long to be here so cramped up. a woman is trying for me to hold her baby, but hey I have enought to deal with and it's not mine. Sorry lady :) Going across and seeing llamas running wild is pretty cool. We're going a lot faster that the bus but your butt can feel that also. I wish I had a little more time to spend here but we are on a somewhat schedule. La Paz has the notorious mountain road that is the most dangerous in the world. I wanted to take3 a bike going down but have to postpone untill I ever come back. Hopefully someday I will.