Salar de Uyuni – Bolivia

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Well, this is something you must see and you should but don’t spend 4 days there. We did and all I can remember now about it is being squished in a dirty jeep with seven others, getting out to pee in the open desert, taking picutures and seeing lagunes, after lagunes and after lagunes.

A two day tour would be a great trip. Good thing my funniest friends Jana whom I volunteered with in Ecuador and I got lots of beer. Otherwise we would be bored out of out minds.

When we finally got back to the Uyuni village, we couldn’t wait to get to a clean place, take a shower and get rest from a 4-day sitting in a car.

We took a bus to Tupiza where we had an intense preparation for expensive Argentina. We did all the laundry, went to a beauty salon and caught up with blogs.

WHERE TO BOOK A UYUNI TOUR: We did it on the tourist strip, south of Plaza de San Francisco. Look well for deals and bargain! The more people you get, the most likely you will get the price down. If you have an Izraeli friend, ask the m to get a deal. We paid 700 bolivianos for 4 days each.

TAKING BUSES IN BOLIVIA – TOURIST VS LOCAL: Well, if you freak out about your life a lot then take a tourist bus. However, I am not sure what the difference it makes if a non-tourist bus-driver hits you and your tourist bus would get crashed. The tourist bus from La Paz to Uyuni was full of gringos. It felt disgusting. On the way from Uyuni to Tupiza we took a local bus and were just fine. So, it’s up to you. I can’t give an advise on this one but I think you can see what my opinion about this is. Why pay more if you can die either way? 🙂

La Paz – Bolivia

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Running to catch a bus from Copacabana to La Paz, we tacked into a small mini van and were on the road to the capital. It took about 5 hours and around 10pm we arrived to a bus terminal of dirty, loud, crazy, scary and ugly La Paz.

I refused to plan or book any hostels so my friend Isa and I crossed the road from the terminal and headed to the first sign that said “hostel.”

Little we knew that the whole city and country was about to be closed for a day of census. That meant we only had two hours to find a place to stay, something to eat, and get newspapers for the next day of doing nothing.

The next day was spent in the hostel hanging out with other people, surfing the net, drinking beer and chewing one-day-old soaky french fries. That one day of census also put us a day behind with a travel plan. Another day in La Paz needed to be spent to get to know the city.

There is one “must” you need to do in La Paz – go shopping. Bolivia is quiet cheap and before Argentina it might not be a bad idea to be loaded with a pair of cute jeans. And don’t forget to check to witch market for special aromas for love and happiness! With that cute outfit and love luck, you might be out of South America with a cute boyfriend. Ay-ay-ay!

HOSTEL IN LA PAZ: Bash and Crash Hostel (if you get an Inca card, you can get a special discount)

PLACES TO SEE: El Mercado de las Brujas

Copacabana – Bolivia

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PLACES TO STAY: El hostal Andino (15 bolivianos per night) – walking up the main street like going to the mercado.  In Copacabana it’s worth climbing up the the top to view the lake.

BOATS TO ISLA DEL SOL: 25 bolivianos. North part is the best