Villazon, Bolivia to La Quiaca, Argentina
On our way to Uyuni by bus and train, we stayed in Puno near Lake Titicaca but really only viewed the lake from the distance. We are on a mission to get to Uyuni and start biking.
Once in Uyuni, we got ready for our first ride through Salar de Uyuni, the Salt Flats. This would be a challenging way to start biking for several reasons. No roads are paved. The Salt Flats environment is flat, stark, and has no shade. So we needed to be completely self-sufficient and have enough food and water to get us through the long ride.
Jan 6, 2011 was the day we left Cusco.
The only goal we set in Bolivia was to bike Solar de Uyuni. So we had a lot of busing and train-riding to do. Which can be sketchy in Bolivia. So here´s my sketchy Bolivia story:
We stayed in Cusco for the month of December for a few big reasons:
So after a month and a half of travel we finally started a blog....
And it´s been an interesting adventure, ups and downs, alladat.
The Ups: New Years in Cusco, The great travelers we´ve met, Alpaca everything! - the weavers here are amazing!, the beautiful bike routes through colorful canyons, the Incan ruins, speaking la lengua local
After a 3 hour useless slog through the border, I got laid up sick in La Quiaca. As a result I watched way too much Glee and some superhero TV in spanish (X-men, Spider Man etc) while waiting for my lungs to work well enough to get on the bike and roll through the Altiplano. We took the downtime opportunity to get some additional prep work done for the ride. The bikes were still layered in salt from the ride across the Salar de Uyuni, which needed to be expelled to keep the corrosion down.