The salt flats of Bolivia are one of the most magical places in the world, and whilst the pictures don’t ever do it justice… here are some of my favourites from the day!
Our highlight during our time in La Paz was without a doubt, meeting Crazy Dave. Every day at 1pm, show up to Sucre Plaza aka San Pedro Plaza which is the main square located at the front of San Pedro Prison to meet Crazy Dave and listen to his story about how he ended up in San Pedro Prison and his life inside its walls. You won’t need to look very hard, as he will likely find you if you are sitting in the square at 1pm.
Our next stop from Arequipa was to Puno, to visit the highest navigable lake in the world – Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca sits at a staggering 3810 metres above sea level and belongs both to Peru and Bolivia. On our bus ride from Arequipa to Puno, it snowed along the way, and we saw many accidents on the road. We were incredibly unprepared for just how cold it was about to become.
After a while passing through desert towns in Peru, I had almost forgotten that I was in South America. Arequipa was the perfect place to remind me that Peru wasn’t all desert and did in fact have some stunning colonial cities. Most people come to Arequipa for the Colca Canyon, but for me, spending a few days trekking down and then climbing back out of one of the deepest canyon’s in the world, isnt the most enticing activity.
Nasca, is a tiny town and as most people do, we were only there to take a flight over the Nasca lines. The most popular belief as to why the Nasca lines exist is that they were cleared by the Nasca people for religious ceremonies and to be noticed by the gods.
The next stop on the gringo trail of Peru, was heading a few hours south to Paracas which is a tiny town near Pisco. Paracas is famous for its Ballestas Islands which is also commonly known as “poor man’s Galapagos”. This statement couldn’t have been truer for us as we heavily contemplated whether we could afford to go to the Galapagos while we were in Ecuador and ultimately decided that no we could not.
Our first stop in Peru, was Lima. What a relief it was to finally arrive after our 28 hour bus ride from Guayaquil, Ecuador. We decided to splurge on first class seats for this insanely long bus ride and it was more than worth it!