I’m off on me hols for two weeks in Peru and Bolivia and I thought I’d ask you guys to help me with the planning.
So, what would you do in two weeks?
Any recommended hostels in Peru and Bolivia?
Any recommended bars / restaurants?
Basically, I’ll use any info you give me!
What I’m thinking of doing is taking a picture of myself in each place you recommend with a little Bob Dylan board saying “thank you…” – who knows, it could make quite a cheeky feature!
Let’s throw some thoughts into the pot…
Don’t even think about leaving South America without visiting the Salar de Uyuni.
Arrange it from Uyuni and make sure you haggle. I can’t remember how much I paid. Get a group together in your hostel to drop the price – 5 is about the max you can squeeze safely into their 4x4s (plus driver).
I used Quechua Tours (3 years ago) and they were excellent. It’s a lot colder there than you might think at night so take a sleeping bag liner and if they recommend that you hire a sleeping bag for this time of year, do it. I was FREEZING each night and wished I had hired one.
Also, drink lots of water to help avoid altitude sickness as you’ll go up to around 5000m (I think) pretty fast.
Most travellers go from Uyuni to the border of Chile and into San Pedro de Atacama but if you’re leaving from Bolivia you can drive back with the driver to Uyuni instead.
Oh, and if you get the chance to bathe in the hot spring thing, do it. It’s amazing (so I’m told). I was too pussy to take my clothes off in -5C.
P.S. 3 years ago in the Salar de Uyuni I lost a tiny Hello Kitty mobile phone accessory my other half bought me when we were in Japan. We were going to take photos of ‘giant’ Hello Kitty chasing people Godzilla style. If you find it I will be forever in your debt. [url=http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/9339/dscf7630t.jpg rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/9339/dscf7630t.jpg[/url] :'(
Oh, and while you’re in Uyuni, visit the Extreme Fun Pub where they serve cocktails in glasses like this: [url=http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9499/dscf7544x.jpg rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/9499/dscf7544x.jpg[/url] (probably NSFW)
Also Minuteman pizza.
Alexandra those cocktail glasses are hilarious! I wonder if they sold them as souveniers 🙂
Try and get a tour of San Pedro prison in La Paz.
It’s notoriously difficult to do it these days, but well worth a punt.
[quote-0 author="Alexandra_q2" date="1352204969"]Don't even think about leaving South America without visiting the Salar de Uyuni.
This. Without a doubt!
For me, it was my highlight of Bolivia and South America and possibly the most amazing scenery I’ve ever seen anywhere! Just last week my Spanish teacher asked us for homework to pick a photo and describe it and I went for one of my photos taken on the Salar! As Lexi said though, haggle big time over the price.
You should know better than to try and do both of them in two weeks.
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