I know it´s been ages but it´s hard finding a fast internet, or at least a keyboard where all the buttons work.
After Cusco i got picked up and met the two who did the Lares trek. We spent the night in Aguas Calientes. The hot springs were nowhere near as good as the ones in Colca Canyon.
The following morning we got up at 5am and ghot the bus to Machu Picchu to meet the others.
Machu Picchu was cool. I don´t know what possessed me but i climbed to the top of Waynapicchu. I barely managed it. I don´t know how the others did it after just finishing the Inka Trail.
After that we headed back to Cusco. We went to the Irish pub for a hearty dinner. Me, Ysabel and Fabian headed back about 10pm but the others who did the Inka trail stayed out till almost 4am !!! Legends.
We had to hire a private nightbus out of Cusco to Puno as there were strikes and roadblocks. As we had nothing to do on that last day in Cusco me and Ruth went whitewater rafting. It was well fun, although it did start raining and hailing halfway though, but it was very fun.
We got the night bus to Puno without any problems. We arrived in Puno early, had a little nap then got got pedelo´s down to the boat port. We did a little trip around the reed islands. They were more sturdy than i thought. Then we headed to the community on the peninsula for our homestay. Me and Ruth were sharing, and we also had the tour leader Ysabel with us whish was handy so we could talk to the family more. The mum was so nice. They made us dinner and it sooo much. I cannot stress how much food they give you. After dinner we all got dressed up in local clothes and went to a dance. It was interesting to say the least.
In the night it started to pour down. The next day we were supposed to go to Taquile, the biggest reed island but we all voted not to cos of the weather so we all went back to Puno. That night we had some drinks at the rock pub and played some jenga. It was fun.
From Puno we got the bus into La Paz, Bolivia, stopping at a nice hotel in Copacabana for lunch. A few of us decided we were a bit bored so got a bit drunk at lunch.
La Paz was a b it menatl. Not in a good way. It´s so cramped and busy. And the exhuast fumes make you feel ill. The pavements are full of stall so you pretty much have to walk in the road with the crazy drivers.
We went to a nice Thai place for dinner on the first night.
There´s a big black market and lots of stalls of other sytuff so we spent all day walking around. Some people wanted to go to the prison but didn´t take enough bribe money so they didn´t get let in. Some did the Death road. I don´t see the fun in that personally.
La Paz was Gabby and Aimee´s final stop and it was sad to lose them. For their goodbye drinks we went to an English pub and had some nice food, drinks and some bizarre spiderman themed shots, then went to the club in the basement. The girls nicked some Spiderman masks from the bar and we got some good photos. They were the life and soul, and some of the funniest people i have ever met. I hope i see them again in the UK.
After La Paz we got a very warm bus to Cochabamba. They had the heating on. God only knows why.
Cochabamba was boring. We got the gondola up to the big Jesus on the hill but then it started raining so we came straight back down. We passed the time by eating and going internet cafe.
From there we got a night bus to Sucre. It was a ten hour ride on a bus with no toilet, and only one stop in the night for wee wee´s. Not in a toilet mind. Squat by the roadside.
Sucre was definitely the best place in Bolivia. Most of the buildings are white so it looks nice. The first day we were there it poured down. We wanted to go horseriding on the second day but heard conflicting weather information so didn´t go in case it rained again.
There´s a cafe called Joyride and we spend a lot of time there. We watched a documentary about a 14 yo boy who worked in the mines in Potosi. And they did ok food, and Jagerbombs!!
A few of us went to the spa in Sucre. Some got haircuts, some got a manicue or pedicure. I got my hair dyed bright blue. I´ll get some photos up soon. I like it. The locals stare a bit but it´s all good.
Our bus from Sucre to Potosi got messed up so we ended up getting cabs. It was extremely hot as there´s no AC in the cars.
We´re in Potosi now. It´s a like a little La Paz. It all a bit cramped and bustling. And we´ve been informed it dangerous at night so we´re doing everything in the day. Five of us didn´t want to go into the mines so we gave the others some money and asked them to buy the miners gifts from us.
After this internet stint we gonna walk to the main square and go for lunch at Cafe Plata, then do the tour of the royal mint. There´s also a shop that sells moody dvds for 5 Bolivianos which is 50p. Hit that shiz up. Tonight we´re all having a night in with pizza, movie and beers.
Tomorrow we head for Uyuni for one night then we begin our three day salt flat crossing to Chile.