My first thought was to finish these throwbacks before 2014, but that didn’t go very well. So let’s continue where we left in October, Peru. When I first thought about traveling to South America there was three places I really wanted to visit, Rio de Janeiro & the Amazon in Brazil, and Machu Picchu in Peru. When I left Manaus in the end of October I had changed my travel route to go directly to Bolivia and skip Peru, but on my one week long boat trip from Manaus to Porto Velho I did a lot of reading and changed my mind once again. I really wanted to see Machu Picchu, now afterwards I’m really happy I went.
Looking back at the trip and November makes me realize this was the month when I got to see the most different places, jungles mountains, deserts, ruins, cities and more. Here’s a short version of the months pictures. Machu Picchu, Isla del Sol, La Paz, Death Road & Salar de Uyuni. The last half of this month I relaxed in Bolivia & Rio de Janeiro/Brazil, that’s why there are no photos from those places.
November gets 5/5 lamas!
Hi 2014 btw! Have a great year everyone :) Love /Erik
And the adventure continues! It’s time for october and another month in Brazil (and a couple of days in Peru). The month started in northern Brazil, more exactly Ilha de Marajo, where me and my german travel mate Till where heading deeper into the amazon by boat. Totally I spent 2 weeks onboard 3 different boats during this month. I would say the first 2 days was most fun and exiting. My ”Wheel of Time” audiobook saved me the last trip, it was supposed to take 4 days, it took 7.. (I’m never gonna complain if something is 10 minutes late again, just remember when I arrived 3 days to late.)
Short version of the entire month (if you want the long one you have to ask me) Short boat from Ilha de Marajo to Belem, 3 day boat trip to Santarem, short bus ride to the beautiful Alter do Chao, 3 day jungle tour, 7 days laying sick at the hostel, 2 more days on a boat to Manaus, 7 days of relaxing at Manuas, visiting a okay park (nothing like Inhotim in Belo Horizonte or the Botanico garden in Rio de Janeiro), another 7 days on a boat south to Porto Velho, 4 days on roads to Peru.
This will be the last post in 2013 since I’m working late tomorrow, so have a great new years eve everyone! Love /Erik
If earlier months has included a lot of new & exiting things, this month and the upcoming two will kick their asses. Just scrolling through the entire month I realize I’ve got to many pictures that I would like to include. First I thought about using a gallery, but it didn’t look as good. So here you go! 1,5 billion pictures! If you wonder why this month included so many photos it’s because I went to south america, and this first month I spent in Brazil. I started out in the south and Rio de Janeiro, continued north by bus to Raposos and Belo Horizonte, and then took a flight to the north and Jericoacoara.
Huge thanks to all the nice people I met on this trip, none mentioned none forgotten.
Brazil gets 4/5 blubbing monkeys! /Erik
This is what we were supposed to to on our 3rd day, jump in the car and go before the sunrise, unfortunately our car broke down in the end of the second day.. Therefore we had to wait until 8-9 to get picked up by another car just to head back to Uyuni again without visiting any of the places in the big national park we just arrived in. I got up early anyhow just to try catch the sunrise, but after 1 minute outside I decided that I would leave the cold alone and live at least a few more days .
So instead of a visiting the thermal springs etc we just got to see some lamas and some rocks.. Though lamas are quite cool, just ask jack or max..
That was all I had from Uyuni, I might make a little summary post from the entire trip tomorrow, because on sunday I’m coming home!
The second day started around 7-8 a clock if my memory works. At this point we were already on the border to the salt desert and heading away from it. On the days to to list there was no big fields with white salt, instead huge volcanos and other cool things. Enjoy!
Sorry for the none existent text, but I think the pix says it all!
We’ve come to one of the place I wanted to visit most of all in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni. The town of Uyuni itself isn’t much to brag about, with kilometer long streets it reminds me of a those towns you see in the wester movies, unfortunattely I didn’t see any duels. But I didn’t come here for the city, I came here for the salt desert just outside the town.
My first thought was to just do a one day trip to see the place, but I ended up taking a 3 day tour instead (I’m really happy I did since I got in a great group). And since it was a 3 day tour there was so much more than just the salt desert. Our first stop was this train graveyard a few hundred meters away from the town, I’ve never seen anything like it, pretty cool place..
After a short drive and a quick stop at a village on the border to the salt desert we finally arrived. In the picture bellow you can see how they are gathering the salt somehow, don’t ask me how, I have no idea. Even though this place is pretty awesome it took some more driving until it got really interesting and you couldn’t see anything except the horizon and a few volcanos.
This first day we spent all time on the salt desert plus a short visit to the cactus island lying in the middle of it all. Awesome day with great people, enjoy!
Someone should bring a Swedish flag..
Google Salar de Uyuni and you will see a lot of pictures with people doing funny things, of course we had to take some as well! Here’s a couple of them.
My ”international” group, from the left: Me (Sweden), Erin (Canada), Jacek (Poland), Simon (Germany), Emily (New Zealand), Max (Canada) & our driver Jose (Bolivia).
The day ended with a few glasses of whine at this nice and simple hotel (of course everything was made out of salt)
Hope everything is good with you and it’s really cold back in Sweden, I myself am going to jump into the pool now ;)
Take care /Erik
Next stop, La paz! Practically Bolivias capital town, though formally Sucre is. Laying on 3600 meters height in a big bowl the town is one of the coolest towns I’ve visited. Dangerous place for your wallet, and then I’m not meaning pickpocket dangerous, but all the colorfull things you want to buy. I don’t know how the criminality is, but I’ve got to say I felt much safer here than in many other cities in South America. Another thing thats certain is that Bolivia is cheap, one of the cheapest places in South Americe. For example, one night, me, Sarah & Tom went to the VIP movies, with big electrical chairs (not the ones that kills you..) including food for 10 euros. Back home in Sweden I wouldn’t even get into the movies for that..
One thing you’ve just got to do if you’re visiting La Paz, (and you are the adventurous type) is to take a ride down the worlds most dangerous road. Also called the ”Death Road”. You can choose between a bunch of different companies, all starting at 4650 meters with the first part in asphalt.
Except the very beautiful view in the beginning the first part wasn’t very interesting because of the asphalt, and it’s not until where the gravel starts as the real Death Road begins. After a first short instruction round on the the top we had another one when we reached the Death Road. Apparently an average of 26 vehicles disappears over the edge each year, and around 15 cyclists have died doing the 64 km trip & 3600 m vertical drop (says the lonely planet).
Because I had so much fun I had problems stopping to take photos, but here are a few that I took while we were having breaks (I have a entire dvd with pics and movies from the travel company, but since my computers doesn’t take cds I can’t show you them until I get home)
The trip ended with a three course meal down at this hotel. Summary of the day: pretty awesome.
Proof that I actually made it.
Next up: Salt desert!
After visiting a breathtaking place like Machu Picchu I didn’t think I would see anything near as cool in a long time. I was wrong, over and over again.
When I crossed the border from Brazil my plan was clear, I would just go to Machu Picchu and then head for Bolivia. Luckily on my last bus trip from Machu Picchu to Cuszo, I ran into a bunch of nice danish people & one australian, and it just happened that 2 of them, Sarah & Tom also was heading for Peru. So after a one day stop in Cuzco we jumped on a bus heading for Copacabana, on the other side of the Peru/Bolivia border.
The town of Copacaban wasn’t much to cheer about, most people probably don’t stay long before heading towards Peru, La Paz(Bolivia) or Isla del Sol, the last mentioned was our first stop. But first we had to wait a couple of hours in Copacabana to catch a boat, just enough time to grab a pizza and a coffee/tea.
Tom & Sarah
It’s quite cool knowing that this big lake, that looks like a ocean actually lies 3808 meters above the sea. Isla del Sol that we went to is possibly the most popular place to visit at Lake Titicaca, and if you want, you can walk around the entire Isla del Sol in one day, but because we arrived quite late and we all had a tight schedule, (meaning we had to leave early the next day) we decided just to take a shorter walk.
I just loved the donkeys! They don’t just look funny, they sound sooooo funny, and you could hear them all the time on the island.
As I mentioned earlier we where in quite a rush, so we left the next day for our next stop, La Paz. And since I don’t have so many pictures from that day I thought I might squeeze them into the same post..
After a long nice breakfast & the thickest pancakes I’ve ever eaten we left the Island around 10 am together with bunch of tourist and a few locals.
When visiting tourist places like this, you always run into the same people all the time. For example, on this boat was 2 guys I took a tour together with 4 days later.
The drive from Copacabana to La Paz is quite breathtaking, and just like a little boy getting his first transformer (or barbie) on christmas I always shine up with a big smile when I see a big mountain or snow. I am so looking forward coming home to sweden in 2 weeks (and hopefully lots of snow).
Thats all for today. Next up, a short one from La Paz.
Take care! /Erik