Spicing Things Up in Chile

Our adventure crossing the big, bad, desolate Andes ended when we were deposited on the outskirts of San Pedro de Atacama. After deleting Chile from our itinerary due to expense, we were wooed back by this burgeoning yet still rustic town. Situated in the notoriously arid Atacama desert, San Pedro is surrounded in all directions…

Crossing the Top of the World

Our bus from Salta would take us around 15,000 feet, higher than any mountain in the lower 48 states, before we settled back down to the town of San Pedro at a much more reasonable 8,000 feet…. Anne asked the stranger if he would change with her so she could sit by Kieran but the passanger initially refused, however for the good of all on the plane he eventually gave Kieran the Aisle across from his mom…. These large cafes can be found throughout the world, they all have giant plastic tables, a generous number of wait staff and kitchens made for supplying large amounts of food rapidly to all their guests almost simultanously. The lack of oxygen left most of the party with very little appitite and we ate their high altitude food quickly and went out to look at the dry and barren landscape.

Seven Days in Salta

After two weeks in Buenos Aires and the Pampas and a mere five days in the Littoral of the Northeast, we boarded yet another bus for the 20-hour journey to the Andean Northwest and the provincial capital of Salta. We envisioned the easygoing city of 1,000,000 as a place to relax and regroup before our…

Safe and Sound in Peru

After three days of bus travel and one rejuvenative night in the fabulous city of Arequipa (we’re headed back there next week), we finally arrived at the shores of Lake Titicaca in Puno, Peru. We heard that President Morales brought in the army to break the blockades a few days ago, so hopefully travelers in Bolivia are once again moving freely throughout the country. Though Bolivia is not without its charm and natural wonders, the sheer instability of its political system and the ever fragile balance between order and chaos make it a difficult place to visit for those on any kind of schedule.

Giving Up on Bolivia

Our very expensive luxury tour bus dropped us in the mining town of Oruro at 3 am saying the road blocks were too dangerous to confront. They attempted to herd everyone onto cabs which for 100 Bolivianos each would deliver a group of 4 to the roadblock, where we were instructed to cross and then…

Stranded in Uyuni

You may be having fireworks at home for the 4th, but we´re living in a veritable powder keg here in Bolivia. The strike situation has escalated in the past 12 hours. There are now at least four separate protests standing between us and any other city in the country. The demonstrations in La Paz are…

Braving the Roads in Bolivia

As you all know, we´re a good week behind in our posts, but we wanted to send out a quick update to get you current. Tom and I are now sitting in an internet cafe in the small town of Uyuni in southern Bolivia. We (all 6 of us) are scheduled to board a Todos…