I arrive in Uyuni late in the evening and curse myself for thinking I’d be fine with just a hoodie. That’ll teach me for packing my down jacket at the very bottom of my backpack and then checking it. I shiver from the cold as I wait for my luggage – the airport is not heated. I step outside to get a cab as the wind rips through my bones; it’s a rude adjustment from the 30-degree weather I left in Santa Cruz. I eventually check into Hostal La Magia de Uyuni and I’m thankful that they have heating – even if it does not turn on until 8:00 p.m. It’s off the main strip, which means it’s very quiet at night, but nothing is very far in Uyuni. You can walk to the end of the town in any direction in about 18 minutes. [Read more…]
I meet my guide, Sergio, in the early hours of the empty streets of Rurrenabaque. With backpacks firmly secured, we walk down to the river to load up our boat and head up the Beni (approx. 1,110 km long) and Tuichi rivers. I am still feeling the effects of the salmonella poisoning from the night before but I am determined to head deep into the jungle as planned.
Bolivia, Altiplano, AtacamaTravelling is always the start of a new adventure: moving from dreaming about visiting a country to actually buying a plane ticket is exhilarating. It’s adrenaline-filled. It’s addictive.
Deciding where to go is always so difficult. There’s just too many places to see and there’s never enough time. I’ve recently been to Southeast Asia and lately, I’ve had a craving for South America. I had an amazing time when I was in Peru and I think it’s time to go back.
This fall, I’ll be heading to Bolivia for several weeks of amazing landscapes, friendly people, and more than likely a few llamas. To enhance my trip, I’m also in the midst of learning Spanish so that I can get more out of my trip. To up my memories, I’m also working on my photography skills. You can look forward to tips on those things as well. [Read more…]