More of Bolivia

Here some pictures from Bolivia, including a meteor crater, the road of death, la paz and isla del sol at the lake titicaca.

 Enjoy

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Salar de Uyuni

First shot is from the shower head at the hostel – there were seriously the wires sticking out that were heating up the water in the head. Wonder how many travelers have been electrocuted here so far…

 Then the train graveyard which is just at the edge of the salt lake and then me taking Dakki over the salt. We both had a lot of fun. In the middle there was this crazy island… cactus galore…

 Will never forget that day!!!

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Beer at the Routa 40

Here some photos of me bottling (and testing) the latest batch of Weizen of Bernard’s Routa 40 micro-brewery in Santa Maria.

 They were super nice and I ended up staying over night.

 Germans are everywhere!

 Definitely a highlight of my trip.

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Moonvalley Photos

Here are some photos from the moon valley in Argentina. It was absolute amazing – unfortunately the photos do not justice to the real beauty…

 Then I came across this wee tarantula – never saw one live before (not keen to do again any time soon).

 The other 3 pictures are from the Laguna Verde situated in no mans land between Chile and Argentina where I had this not so nice experience with the border guards…

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Cusco, Peru

After a lazy day at Copacabana and a nice afternoon to the Isla del Sol

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isla_del_Sol

 we pushed hard to make it in one day to Cusco, which included a rather straight forward border crossing (nice surprise for a change), some obnoxious shoe polish boys in Puno (No means NO – even in spanish) and running late into the afternoon, so we arrived after sunset garnished with rain, crazy Peruan bus drivers, wild life on the road and another city full of madness:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cusco

 Again, my GPS saved the day – otherwise there would have been no way to make it to the hotel.

 Coming down with a bad cold, so might have to pull a rest day.

 By the way, did you know that they have coca leaves on the breakfast buffet table? they make tea out of it or you can chew it and it should help with the altitude sickness…

Death Road

In La Paz, Bolivia right now. did the road of death:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungas_Road

 Was not so bad as it sounds, since they built a brand new highway at the other side of the gorge. So no traffic on the death road, but amazing experience. first we went from La Paz up to 4700m then dropped down into the Bolivian Amazonas at 1000m – all that only over 40km or so.

 Had a good look at the city today. Absolutely crazy. Organised chaos comes into my mind – bu9t it works – somehow.

 Tomorrow I will continiue my trip to the Lake Titicaca(nice word) and stay at Copacabana (nice word too).

 Currently riding with 3 Americans, well, actually only 2, since the third one had a fatal crack of his maneframe of his Suzuki V-Strom. He should have bought a BMW ;-))

 Anyway, should be a good ride tomorrow and then I will cross into Peru, and from there back down to Santiago. 2 weeks and it is all over… but I think I had enough. Shoulder hurts, wrist hurts, back hurst… not much left. So time to go home.

 Still no fast internet connection to upload pictures. But will come sooner or later.

 I am out of here, finish line in sight.

 Laters