24.04.2010 24 °C
After Cafayate I left for saltarafting, where I did the longest ziplines in the whole americas. (saltarafting.com) Basicily you are hanging on steel wires with a diaper construction and you slide from one side of a mountain to another very high up in the air. It was really scary at first, but at some point I couldnt wait to slide down to the next one, since my instructor enjoyed my company a bit too much !
We camped out there, played some beerpong at night and the next day we left for Salta! Apperently it is a very boring city, so all we did was camp, have the last real argie bbq, human pyramids and synchronised swimming in the biggest empty pool I have ever seen.
Sad thing was that we had to leave at six in the morning for bolivia, even sadder was that it was a saturday night and there were three parties going on with very loud music causing a slight sleeping problem. And I had about 60 mosquito and sandfly bites... (Thank god for the pharmacies here, they give you everything you could ever wish for.
After crossing the border we bushcamped in the bolivian dessert, which was amazing, middle of nowhere, noone around, except for a donkey.
The next day we arrived in Uyuni, very famous for its Saltflats and for us famour for its minuteman pizzas and breakfast pancakes! I even tried lama meat, some sort of salty hare meat if you ask me, not too awesome.
The saltflats were amazing, we left in the morning to see how they make salt, bought my first alpaca jumper of some of the residents, went to a train graveyard, where Chris, Tom and me decided to jump of one of the trains,
awesome picture, landing was a bit less. The salt flats were atleast as amazing as expected, I wish I could upload some pictures, but I will try and do that tomorrow! Went to an island in the saltflats, watched the sunset, (fairytale pictures) and headed back for more awesome pizza! Stayed in an hotel and shared a room with Jenna and Katie, having finally had a normal shower and a big bed, it was quite a heavennight.
After Uyuni we left for Potosi, which is very poor and famous for its mines which we ofcourse visited the next day.
It was very interesting, very tiring and very sad, since 14 year old boys work in the most horrible conditions ever. Walking through the mines was a pain in the ass, imagine even doing hard labour there. We brought some presents, coca leaves, which i had some myself, since apperently I got a bit dehydrated and was not that far away from seeing a doctor or going to the hospital, (i didnt realise), coca leaves seem to help for altitude problems. And some soft drinks. As an intruduction they gave us some bolivian whisky, which is about 98 procent alcohol, very interesting and disgusting to drink!
After the mine visit we got back onto our truck and headed for La Paz, where I am now! Amazing city, going to see the witches market in a bit! Yesterday I mountainbiked Worlds Most Dangerous Road (and got a tshirt!) which was 40 miles (64 km), scary as hell (cliffs dropping right now next to you 400 m deep), exhausting, interesting, beautiful (jungle) and weird. You have to ride on the left side of the road thanks to the bolivian government and guess where the big cliffs are?
Two weeks ago a girl didnt see the cliff thanks to the fog and actually fell down and died. We went with the best company ever and eventhough it was shit scary I had the most amazing time and the 6 hour adraline rush made it even better ! Going back up with a little van was a bit scary though, a) fog b) you can actually see what you have been trying to ignore mountainbiking down!
Anyway, more updates very soon, I have no time left on the clock.