November 9th, 2008
Time to leave La Paz for a few days I thought. The time I would return to Germany got closer and there wasn’t time for all of Bolivia in the slightest. Instead of doing everything in a rush I decided to visit only one highlight of Bolivia (next to La Paz) … the Salt Flats.
Most tours start in Uyuni and there are dozens of agencies, who offer a guide and a jeep and other stuff for a 3 and 4 days trip normally. You can book those tours already in La Paz but it’s quite easy to get ripped off there. It’s better to first go to Uyuni and look there for a trustworthy agency.
October 12th, 2008
La Paz … the capital of Bolivia, a city even higher than Cuzco and where people build houses on even the smallest spot. With my bus I arrived in a busy market street in Lapaz, called Sarganaga. I already liked this place and I was looking forward to explore it later. After I got oriented I went to the Loki Hostal by foot, which took me about 15 minutes.
October 2nd, 2008
Excited I left Puno at 7:30am to make my way to Bolivia the first time. Another border crossing procedure, new stamps in my passport and then a new culture of people. About the latter one I was wondering if the people would be so different from the people in Peru.
The bus was nice and brought us to the border within three hours. At the border, before entering Copacabana, you first have to go to the police office to receive a stamp and then you can go to the Peruvian immigration office to get another stamp. A hundred meters further you find the Bolivian immigration office where you get more stamps and where you have to hand in the immigration form (that you get there or already in the bus).