Archive | October, 2009

The highest capital in the world

So our journey up to La Paz wasn’t the night bus from Uyuni as planned but a local, 3.5hours, service from Oruro. Our unscheduled stopover didn’t offer anything to warrant spending time in the town. Oruro is a functional, mining town and the gateway to the altiplano of Southwest Bolivia, where we had just come […]

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Anyone for salt?

We are going to the Bolivian desert which is at high altitude being between 4,800m and 3,400m (14,600ft – 11,400ft). This involves clearing Immigration and Customs in San Pedro in Chile and then driving 40km into the high desert to the Bolivian border. There is a queue to clear Chile of about 50 people as […]

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Desert Delights

We arrived in the desert town of San Pedro de Atacama (altitude 2,436m) after another early start and unpleasant airport experience. Here we are back in wasteland again! This time we are in luxury, staying at a relatively new hotel called Alto Atacama, 3km north of San Pedro in Pukara de Quitor which is home […]

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