This Is Madness, South America — Will We Make It Home?

Peru is exploding in civil unrest and we’re smack dab in the middle of it. The protestors we passed in Juliaca laid siege to the airport and set cars and trucks on fire. Arequipa, the perfect little town I wanted to get back to, is completely blockaded. People have been stranded in the bus station…

You’ll Never Believe the Day We Had

I’m interrupting the flow of posts again…we’ve got three in the pipeline about Bolivia and Peru…because I just have to tell you about our day. Last week we fled Bolivia because of strikes, road blockades, and dynamite/rock hucking by angry miners, teachers, students, and anyone else with access to projectiles. Our ultimate destination was Peru,…

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.