Lima, 7.6 million people, located right on the Pacific
Oh was nice to finally fly the time again! From Mexico to Ecuador, we are only traveled by buses, except for the steel rat from Panama to Colombia. The distance from Quito to Lima was us just a little too big for a bus trip and therefore we have booked a flight. This luxury ! Although the waiting times are also annoying, but once again walk with the rich sheikhs through the duty free shops was great!
In Lima itself we were only two nights and one day. The city is divided into several huge and district. We were stationed in Miraflores and Barranco also have in addition to this district expired. Beautiful area with many expensive undendlich Housings, beautiful balconies and thick carts in the garages, beautiful parks and sea view. The rest of the 7.6 million inhabitants of Lima lives not quite so decadent! It is also interesting that 1/3 of the total Peruvian population lives in the capital, and this is the second driest city to Cairo in the world!
Huacachina, 200 inhabitants
From Lima we are 5 hours south down to Ica to visit the lagoon and the Sanddühnen of Huacachina. And during this bus ride is actually happening. I was the victim of an attempted theft! The pig! My new backpack that I had placed a lack of space between my legs, was slashed. And I did not notice? Yes, I know, actually, the backpack always heard on the lap, not in your hand luggage rack and not on the floor. But as I said, the seats were so close! A bus Asked pointed out to me that it would be better to put the backpack on the lap, what I then did. A few minutes later that I noticed this:
I do not know to this day why the lady has just spoken to me out there were also other gringos on board. Probably it has something observed or received a tip. Anyway, it was missing NOTHING! Probably the objects were too big fish out to them under the seat or the thief behind me was disturbed. In any case, a blessing in disguise and minus a backpack !
Huacachina is a giant playground and weekend destination for many locals as well as a Touriattraktion. There are dozens of sand buggys how stupid the dunes up and down in a lousy race pace! Again and again, the buggies, allow passengers to fly on wooden boards head first down the dunes. A great fun . The trip was rounded off with an impressive sunset!
On the second day we tried our sand-boarding. We were able to pick up the boards and boots at 11 clock and then trudge the dune high. Pretty soon it was clear that this was not our best idea during lunch time at about 35 degrees. The heads were quickly blazing red and the strength was. We tried a few races, but you can not slide on sand long as supple as down on snow. Also, turning only under enormous efforts was possible. So we gave up after about 1 ½ hours and spent another half hour trying to get the sand out of every crack
Cuzco, 350,000 inhabitants, 3300 meters above the sea.
With the luxury night bus from Cruz del Sol (own screen, blanket, pillow and something like a stewardess), we drove 17 hours to Cuzco. A beautiful city, strictly speaking, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the entire continent! Cuzco was once the most important Inca stronghold and can be seen in and around the city several ruins and walls coming from the Incas.
The Rediscovery of Machu Picchu in 1911 changed Cuzco but more than anything else since the arrival of the Spaniards. Today, it is lined with the tour provider, alpaca clothing shops, exchange offices and equipment for Treckingbekleidung. At least when the streets look like this:
... It is clear that you are in the vicinity of a wonder of the world. If have opened a restaurant then even Starbucks and KFC, all is actually lost :-). But at least, nicely integrated without logo or other advertising in the colonial facades.
Whether tourist or not, Cuzco really has a lot to offer historically, beautiful viewpoints, impressive streets and a huge selection of crafts and cuisines from around the world.
Mercado San Pedro
This luscious dish gave it for 1 franc
a few steps through the steep streets are over 3000 meters to the effort already!
Wall Art at Casa Simona
Everyone wants to sell you something ... Andy first sunglasses, pictures, socks, and suddenly come more quotes like: Weed, Cocaine, good party?
Not only for the Swiss police, he apparently fits visually into the typical drug user image
Once again I am in love with a dog. But this time in my absolute dream dog, a Golden Cocker! That's really, I've googled! So if even a dog, then as a:
Of course, we were for a reason in Cuzco: The nearby Inca city of Machu Picchu.
So we do not have to drive all the way by train from Peru Rail, as this is totally overpriced, and the revenue flowing into the pockets of American entrepreneurs, we decided for a more complicated and longer version. We went by bus about 6 hours from Cuzco to Santa Maria. As we climbed into a taxi, some of us in the trunk!, And are 1 ½ hours down gravel road with great views into the depths up to Santa Teresa. After 10 minutes of driving, the driver was so nice, and has a lady charged with luggage because the luggage compartment with five backpacks and I have not yet been fully completed. The only positive was that I saw the dangerous streets sections and other obstacles, always only when they were already over
Once in Santa Teresa, you can either three hours along the tracks walk to Aguas Calientes, or like us, take the train. Exactly, although again the same overpriced Scheisszug, but from the side, only 1/3 as expensive and 1/3 as long. Approx. 45 minutes later we arrived thus in the mountain village of Aguas Calientes. A small, unfinished mountain village, which has adapted to the 1-day tourism. The hostels are very scantily furnished, all 5 feet will be offered one a great Thai massage and the food is more expensive than in the rest of the country, but rather inedible. There is also in Aguas more pizzerias than in all of Rome. Someone has probably once told that tourists like to eat pizza. And what's obvious to offer than pizza when the 10 neighboring restaurants do exactly the same? -> Peruvian logic. Also very striking is the large collection of Asian tourists. We were sure that Japan must be like swept clean!
From Aguas out you can either one or two hours up the mountain hike up to Machu Picchu, or take the bus. There and back costs 18 USD, which is about as much as a 10-hour bus trip through Peru. That all prices in USD are written, and not as in the rest of the country in Soles, speaks for itself.
Queue to the buses, in the morning at 7:
Nevertheless, it is worth the trip and the ruins are incredibly impressive. Or as we find, not necessarily the ruins themselves, but the situation. The height of the mountains, the vastness of the Andes, even more breathtaking. Next to the entrance to the ruins themselves we also had a ticket to the Machu Picchu Montana, so we have moved the stone stairs of the ruins (2360 meters above sea level) up to the peak on (2960 meters high). It takes a little over an hour, and you breathe and breathe, but somehow in vain? It whistles and panting and is just insanely hard. Since the coca leaves did not help much that we got on the road offers. More proud we were when we reached the top:
and arrived back down at the ruins:
The Incas have worked in between some sloppy:
On the way back back to Cuzco, we then selected the faster version with a longer train ride, but early in the morning, as prices then are only half as expensive as the afternoon. So we again spent a night in our nice hostel and enjoyed a gourmet pizzas
On the way back towards Cuzco, we have inserted a stop in Ollantaytambo. Again, there are ruins of the Incas to see as well as ancient city walls with narrow, cobblestone streets. Walking through this town you get the feeling that nothing has apart from WIFI access in the last 700 years changed!
Pisac, 2000 inhabitants, 2715 meters above sea
On our last day in Peru, we went to Pisac, an hour from Cuzco. The village has a hint of very spiritual, with a large selection of dream catchers, Reiki, Yoga, Ayuhuasca ceremonies etc. Some tourists stay longer than planned, looking for something new or for oneself However, we were more at the Sunday market interested in the traditional costumes and handicrafts, eating, and the countryside around the city.
First we were in funny Café Blue Llama
What's there to see? No, just he never falls on ...
These cool things call themselves Toritos (little bulls)
In the evening we got on the night bus from Cuzco to Copacabana on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. The journey has begun confident and calm, but was interrupted by 7 clock in the morning by a road blockade. We were informed by the driver that the people here have placed several kilometers repeatedly stone blocks and our journey to Copacabana for about 3 hours away is suspended until further notice. There we stood, in the middle of nowhere near the village of July, without food or drink, with verschiessenem, occupied by flies, Busklo.
So we tried to make the best of the situation, which looked like this:
The other side:
The evil stone blockade:
After a while our French group leader, baptized by us Napoleon tried to negotiate with the protesters. We wanted to ensure that the paths for the tourist buses are exposed, as they can hardly be blamed for the rise in bus prices of the locals. Napoleon was so insistent that he could even talk to the "president" of the demonstration, but was put off again and again.
The negotiations over the prices were in any city currently in progress, and we must be patient. Again and again we have heard voices, who have said that this blockade is not expected to be resolved date 6 clock in the morning the following day. Many people have already made their way on foot to attack, and after 7 hours waiting and hoping, even we, along with 5 other fellow sufferers, decided to run. So we strapped our house on the back and are losgewandert. After about 30 minutes we found a shop that sold us bread and Coke, what we have swallowed gratefully. Some time later we were able to persuade a villager to drive us with his station wagon to the next, not passable by car road blockade. Convinced of our price offer us the man has moved on a few miles, on a route that we would have never made it with our luggage.
After the last blockade were minibuses, who drove us to the border, where we are (right here close the border crossings at 19.00 clock yes) arrived 30 minutes before closing. After crossing the border, another minibus brought us up to Copacabana and with about 8 hours late we arrived at the beautiful Hotel cupula. We could not believe our eyes when we read in the menu "Fondue de queso para dos". With tearful eyes we have enjoyed the class and Fondue are then fell exhausted into bed. In our coach were some passengers who had the next morning had a connecting flight to LaPaz. We still do not know whether the blockades were resolved, or when the bus was able to continue and if these people have their flight still caught. Moreover, it was in the bus at night determined really cold, and food was probably nothing.
Population: 29.5 million
Duration: 02/13/14 to 02/24/14
Used beds: 4 + 2 bus seats
Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, 54,000 inhabitants, 3800 meters above sea
Copacabana is not a beautiful city, very touristy and rather boring. However beautiful the view from the mountain "Cerro Calvario" on the huge lake, and our hotel with a garden was perfect to relax for 3 days and to enjoy the sun.
View from the garden of the hotel:
A few backpackers:
From here we took a day trip to the Isla del Sol, where we hiked to the south side 4 hours from the north side, and then chugged with an incredibly slow boat back to Copacabana.
On the island we have Giusi learned from Olten, also on a long journey, who has worked a building next to Andy, and as we have found some of the same friends like us . Ah, Switzerland is sooooo small! Since we are traveling together, more or less, and enjoy it again to chat Schwizerstrasse Dütsch and also to speak of the home.
La Paz, Bolivia's government headquarters, 1.4 million inhabitants, 3660 meters above sea
On the way to La Paz:
Here are perceived 90% of the cars Toyota station wagon, and almost always white ... I find super
The next day we drove 4 hours to La Paz, in the middle of the carnival! The officially lasts a few days, but innoffiziell about two weeks. Everyone, and I mean everyone is armed with water pistol, water balloons and foam spray! The processions and panels were somehow a minor matter, what matters is who has how many wet and foamy spray. Obviously there were tourists welcome victims, because usually unarmed and Protruding from the crowd. So you could choose to either a rain jacket and ammunition armed pull in the Big War, or seek shelter in the courtyard of the hostel.
On Sunday, Andy and Giusi rode the bike the famous Death Road down what looked like this:
Fortunately, both came back unharmed, but they have mitgekriegt like a biker had already strayed a few meters after the start of the road and thankfully got caught in the bushes. How did that happen, they have not figured out, but judging by the screams, she survived!
I found that I was involuntarily experience already enough "death roads", and therefore opted for an ego day in La Paz (the first time in almost 6 months, at which Andy and I were separated for a whole day, that's not crass ? And we still dear, what is even more glaring ). However, my ego day was a bit uncomfortable because I always had to change the side of the road and take a different path, to escape the gunmen. Once on this day I dared to take the camera out of the backpack. After I had assured me that far and no other people were to be seen, I wanted to photograph on the opposite side of the street a house. As a car drives by and splashes with this shit foam spray out of the window directly on the lens and my head. Grrrrrrrr. On the way back I was even attacked by a group of pubescent boys and back at the hostel, I decided not to leave the building . As soon as it was dark, the armed knuckleheads were not so much, but the alcohol level increased at the slightly older all the more. Again and again men were sleeping on the sidewalk, some still with foam spray in hand !
Apart from Carnival Chaos and the rest of La Paz is quite a mess. Far too many cars trying without any rules to get through the streets, too many power cables, too many fumes and buildings that fall apart soon. A friend has described the city as "in your face" what we can definitely confirm. However, the traffic problem is to be improved in the near future, when the world's largest cable car system is put into operation. It connects the center of La Paz with the city of El Alto about 10km with 11 stations, 427 cabins and a capacity of 18,000 passengers per hour. In addition, next time should the minibuses are replaced by proper buses called Puma Qatari buses, which should provide even more order. Who knows, maybe the city does so next year already quite a different impression.
However, there are now already calmer and more beautiful corners, but due to the carnival we have seen less than we wanted. The Museo de Coca was probably our highlight, and the Coca candies we bought there was an interesting experiment. The tongue was slightly numb, and as soon as I had my sweet in the mouth, Andy has the idea already regretted ! I remained as calm as ever and we do not have striking patterns :-) detected because it would take probably still a line real powder.
That had to once again be: hash browns & Spaetzle:
After a few days we wanted from La Paz to Sucre, drive to the capital, however, which again was more difficult than expected, as a result of the carnival most of the buses were not running. Apparently all bus drivers are drunk and it would be better still two days to stay in the city. We then still found a company that offered a night bus to Potosi. We bought two tickets with thanks, and after arriving in Potosi at 6 clock found a next bus which took us another 4 hours to get to Sucre.
Sucre, capital of Bolivia, 215'800 inhabitants, 2710 meters above sea
Sucre is the flagship city of Bolivia, is since 1991 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The center is beautifully white with leg-printing, colonial architecture, many socially engaged restaurants and handicraft shops and a huge cemetery. One can see that the richer society here at home. Apparently most of the money flowing from the mines in Potosi in the pockets of the people of Sucre.
In preparation for our next destination, we have the movie "A Devil's Miner" looked at a bar. A recommended film about the sad and hard life of the miners, in the case of a 12-year-old boy.
Sucre is a lot calmer and more manageable than La Paz and we could have stayed here longer. Also, this cozy B & B Casa Verde have made it difficult to continue his journey.
B & B
Also a good taste in music they have in the capital:
Has anyone ever seen Coca-Cola Shoes? I think I'm not as up to date
Potosi, 175,000 inhabitants, 4070 meters above sea
The Spaniards discovered the Cerro Rico and its minerals and founded in 1545 the city of Potosi. There was so much silver and other minerals found that the richest city in all of America was. At the time of the silver boom at the beginning 17th century Potosi was even one of the largest and most important cities in the world. The mountain was the main source of Spanish silver, and even today the city of silver and tin deposits of Cerro Rico is dependent. From 1572 has begun to dominate in Potosi coins, which were shipped from here to the whole world.
1611 lived approximately 120,000 people in the city, where 13,000 were working underground and the others were, for example, for the pre-work and acting with food, timber and Coca responsible, as well as for the removal of silver.
In Spanish, there are apparently still a saying "vale and Potosi" which roughly means such as: It's worth a fortune.
The Cerro Rico is 4800 meters high and is said to have died up to 8 million therein. Explosions or other accidents Those who have survived the work, but usually die far too early on so-called quartz dust lungs. Although it has long been prohibited by law, including children working in the mines. Everyone, including the children who chew coca leaves during the work continuously to drive hunger and be able to work longer.
On the first day in Potosi, we visited the museum "Casa de la Moneda". In this huge building, the silver coins were minted earlier that made their way into the world. The process of extracting minerals in the mines up to the lettering of the silver coins and the strenuous conditions of the workers were represented.
The next day we booked a mine tour. We drove to the "Miners Market", where the workers dynamite and coca leaves buy, saw so-called mine villages, right on the mountain, where some of the workers live in very rustic houses without heating to over 4000 meters. The most interesting was the two-hour tour into the mines, crouching or sometimes crawling through the narrow aisles, a few hundred meters into the mountain. Here it is up to 40 degrees hot and biting, unhealthy stench and the 4000 meters in a protective cloth over the nose, making breathing extremely difficult and any movement to the effort.
You get a good impression of the inhumane working conditions in a mine and can imagine how stressful it must be to work in this mountain up to 12 hours straight!
Tio & I:
The miners believe in God on the one hand, but also to Tio, the devil of the mountain. Him pray and sacrifice him alcohol, cigarettes and coca leaves and hope thus to push on silver or zinc and remain unharmed:
After this experience we went further west by bus to Uyuni.
Uyuni, 20,000 inhabitants, 3670 meters above sea
Had the tourists not here, you'd think one would be in the middle of a Western movie. The area is like a ghost town and has adjusted fully to tourism. After one night of our three-day tour began at the Salt Flats, and other wonders of nature.
The tour started with a visit to a train cemetery, where many steam locomotives and wagons to their full resolution against rust.
Next, we went to the Salar de Uyuni, a 160 km long and 135 km wide salt flat, and thus the largest of the Earth. This salt lake is dried up about 10,000 years ago and now serves the salt production and of course as a tourist attraction. The incredible white expanses distort the perception of distances and dimensions, making such images arise:
You can imagine that I would have an infinite number of other ideas for funny pictures, but unfortunately we had to go sometime ...
Fish Iceland with giant cacti:
The second night we spent six of us in one room. In the property there were two pit toilets without flushing and neither shower nor sink, and for a total of about 30 people . The smell in the bathroom was stunning, as well as the desert dust in the face and the hair . There were a hot spring, and to whom the outside temperature of about 5 degrees not mind, could enjoy a wonderful bath at sunset:
The landscape in this part of Bolivia is truly unique and a highlight of our trip.
On the third day we were unloaded at the border with Chile, where a bus was waiting for us, which took us 30 minutes to remove San Pedro de Atacama. Herein, we stay one night until the morning we drive to Salta in Argentina. From there we fly to Buenos Aires and take our mums on Sunday and my swear in reception!!!! But more on that next time
Population: 9.8 million
Duration: 02/25/14 to 03/13/14
used Beds: 7 + 1 night bus
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