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Day 33 & 34: Surprising Lima ๐Ÿ˜ When heading to Lima, we were actually planning to immediately continue to Paracas (an island similar to the Galรกpagos islands of Ecuador) but unfortunately Rocco had eaten red meat (at a good restau) the night before and his stomach got upset, so he felt sick again which made us decide to stay in Lima instead. ~
With Rocco needing some rest, I decided to explore our neighbourhood Miraflores and boy I was suprised! I hadn't heard or read many positive stories about Lima so my expectations were very low.. but Miraflores is sooo beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ all the housed look like fairytale houses, with cute different colours, flowers EVERYWHERE and a great ambience in the streets ๐Ÿ’›
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If you know me well, you'll know I love books ๐Ÿ˜‡ so I decided to head to a famous bookstore (we hadnt seen any bookstores since Chile) and I wanted to find a nice book as I always read books on my vacation and in the lonelyplanet I read there was a very famous bookstore in Miraflores. So I headed over there with the idea to buy a book from a famous Peruvian artist, have a nice coffee with cake and have some me time but unfortunately the library did not have any books in English and their cafe had been closed for a couple of months.๐Ÿ˜ฃ So, I decided to head to another cafe recommended by lonelyplanet and even though that was closed as well I did see more of the neighbourhood and I fell in ๐Ÿ’œ I also found a cafe in the end and enjoyed my me time with yummy cake ๐Ÿ˜ ~
When it started to get dark I got a bit worried so I headed back to our apartment, and on my way I bought some groceries (some which I didn't even know what it was) and cooked dinner after a looong time of not cooking (which felt really good ๐Ÿ˜)
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The next day Rocco felt better again ๐Ÿ˜Š and we headed into Miraflores because ofcourse I had to show him what I had seen and we also discovered some new parts. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had to head back for our stuff because we were flying to Bogota that night! #Lima #Peru #Miraflores #flowers #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #houses
Day 33 & 34: Surprising Lima ๐Ÿ˜ When heading to Lima, we were actually planning to immediately continue to Paracas (an island similar to the Galรกpagos islands of Ecuador) but unfortunately Rocco had eaten red meat (at a good restau) the night before and his stomach got upset, so he felt sick again which made us decide to stay in Lima instead. ~ With Rocco needing some rest, I decided to explore our neighbourhood Miraflores and boy I was suprised! I hadn't heard or read many positive stories about Lima so my expectations were very low.. but Miraflores is sooo beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ all the housed look like fairytale houses, with cute different colours, flowers EVERYWHERE and a great ambience in the streets ๐Ÿ’› ~ If you know me well, you'll know I love books ๐Ÿ˜‡ so I decided to head to a famous bookstore (we hadnt seen any bookstores since Chile) and I wanted to find a nice book as I always read books on my vacation and in the lonelyplanet I read there was a very famous bookstore in Miraflores. So I headed over there with the idea to buy a book from a famous Peruvian artist, have a nice coffee with cake and have some me time but unfortunately the library did not have any books in English and their cafe had been closed for a couple of months.๐Ÿ˜ฃ So, I decided to head to another cafe recommended by lonelyplanet and even though that was closed as well I did see more of the neighbourhood and I fell in ๐Ÿ’œ I also found a cafe in the end and enjoyed my me time with yummy cake ๐Ÿ˜ ~ When it started to get dark I got a bit worried so I headed back to our apartment, and on my way I bought some groceries (some which I didn't even know what it was) and cooked dinner after a looong time of not cooking (which felt really good ๐Ÿ˜) ~ The next day Rocco felt better again ๐Ÿ˜Š and we headed into Miraflores because ofcourse I had to show him what I had seen and we also discovered some new parts. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had to head back for our stuff because we were flying to Bogota that night! #Lima  #Peru  #Miraflores  #flowers  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #houses 
Day 32: Finding Summer in Arequipa ๐ŸŒž Arequipa lies in the South of Peru and is even bigger that Cusco, with approx 900.000 inhabitants. As our time in Peru was running out we decided to only spend one day here and because of that we weren't able to see the Condors because the trip to the mountains where you can see them starts at 3 am in the morning and we arrived around 8๐Ÿ˜… So we decided to go rafting and with luck we found a place for the afternoon.
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However as we had a couple of hours before and after we walked around and explored the city a little and omg it is such a beautiful city. I think it's one of my favourites in Peru ๐Ÿ˜‡ The weather is great, summer like, the architecture beautiful and it's a proper city ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The rafting trip was really cool! It was our first time rafting so we were excited and of course a little nervous. They picked us up and brought us to a place where they had all their gear. It reminded me a lot of my wind surfing days as the wetsuits we had to wear were already wet (= cold ๐Ÿ˜ซ) and we had to change in a shabby place ๐Ÿ˜‚ but that didn't ruin the fun! When we arrived at the river, we got some instructions and were split into groups of 4 + 1 instructor. Rocco and I sat in the front of the boat ๐Ÿ’ช and then we left the shore! The water was SUPER cold (10/102 degrees) but we really loved it. In our opinion it could have been a bit more 'dangerous' ๐Ÿ˜‡ ~
In the evening we had a lovely dinner around the corner with the most beautiful sunset ๐Ÿ˜ it was our last dinner with Anne as she still had 2 weeks left in Peru and we only had 3 days before we would say our goodbyes to Peru and welcome Colombia ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜#Arequipa #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #rafting #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #travel #plazadearmasdearequipa #alittlebitofsummer
Day 32: Finding Summer in Arequipa ๐ŸŒž Arequipa lies in the South of Peru and is even bigger that Cusco, with approx 900.000 inhabitants. As our time in Peru was running out we decided to only spend one day here and because of that we weren't able to see the Condors because the trip to the mountains where you can see them starts at 3 am in the morning and we arrived around 8๐Ÿ˜… So we decided to go rafting and with luck we found a place for the afternoon. ~ However as we had a couple of hours before and after we walked around and explored the city a little and omg it is such a beautiful city. I think it's one of my favourites in Peru ๐Ÿ˜‡ The weather is great, summer like, the architecture beautiful and it's a proper city ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ The rafting trip was really cool! It was our first time rafting so we were excited and of course a little nervous. They picked us up and brought us to a place where they had all their gear. It reminded me a lot of my wind surfing days as the wetsuits we had to wear were already wet (= cold ๐Ÿ˜ซ) and we had to change in a shabby place ๐Ÿ˜‚ but that didn't ruin the fun! When we arrived at the river, we got some instructions and were split into groups of 4 + 1 instructor. Rocco and I sat in the front of the boat ๐Ÿ’ช and then we left the shore! The water was SUPER cold (10/102 degrees) but we really loved it. In our opinion it could have been a bit more 'dangerous' ๐Ÿ˜‡ ~ In the evening we had a lovely dinner around the corner with the most beautiful sunset ๐Ÿ˜ it was our last dinner with Anne as she still had 2 weeks left in Peru and we only had 3 days before we would say our goodbyes to Peru and welcome Colombia ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜#Arequipa  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #rafting  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #travel  #plazadearmasdearequipa  #alittlebitofsummer 
Day 26 - 31: Cusco & Machu Picchu, part 2 ๐Ÿž The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Perurail train so that the 92 km journey would only take 3.5 hours instead of 7 ๐Ÿ˜… that train was  damn expensive (it stil hurts ๐Ÿ˜ญ) but well organised and on the way to Aquas Calientes (from where you take the bus or walk up to MP) we met a super kind Turkish couple and talked the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Š
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When we arrived, we took the bus, which was SUPER scary but then finally we were at MP! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ As we had taken the afternoon shift it wasn't that CRAZY busy and by chance we found a guide that was so knowledgeable and told is many new things. He even corrected some information nat geo spreads as he had studied it at uni and had heard the tales from his grandmother.), such as the story that the Incas would sacrificed children to the Gods, which isn't true or that the Inca Compass resembles a Cross (the Inca Compass stands for the 3 realms, the Condor, God of heaven, the Puma, God of the earth and the Snake, God of the underworld and it also entails the calender).
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Machu Picchu really surprised us, because of its surroundings, which is soo beautiful and walking there and seeing with our own eyes what the Incas built so long ago was humbling. Also the Inca society was a really interesting society. They only had two classes, lower and upper class, which worked together. The children of the upper class had to study with the children of the lower class and once they were 15 years old, they would be tested and the most knowledgeable ones would be placed in the upper class whereas the children who had not studied well and knew little were placed in the lower class (even if their parents were hight priests).
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After the tour through M.P. we decided to walk back down as we really did not feel like going in the suicide bus + the surroundings were so beautiful and we had enough time. We literary climbed down for one hour! By the end my calved were burning ๐Ÿ˜‡ Once back in Cusco, we prepared our trip to Arequipa, pampered ourselves a little (mani+pedi ๐Ÿ˜) and even witnessed the festival of Santa Luca. #cusco #machupicchu #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #inca
Day 26 - 31: Cusco & Machu Picchu, part 2 ๐Ÿž The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Perurail train so that the 92 km journey would only take 3.5 hours instead of 7 ๐Ÿ˜… that train was damn expensive (it stil hurts ๐Ÿ˜ญ) but well organised and on the way to Aquas Calientes (from where you take the bus or walk up to MP) we met a super kind Turkish couple and talked the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ When we arrived, we took the bus, which was SUPER scary but then finally we were at MP! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ As we had taken the afternoon shift it wasn't that CRAZY busy and by chance we found a guide that was so knowledgeable and told is many new things. He even corrected some information nat geo spreads as he had studied it at uni and had heard the tales from his grandmother.), such as the story that the Incas would sacrificed children to the Gods, which isn't true or that the Inca Compass resembles a Cross (the Inca Compass stands for the 3 realms, the Condor, God of heaven, the Puma, God of the earth and the Snake, God of the underworld and it also entails the calender). ~ Machu Picchu really surprised us, because of its surroundings, which is soo beautiful and walking there and seeing with our own eyes what the Incas built so long ago was humbling. Also the Inca society was a really interesting society. They only had two classes, lower and upper class, which worked together. The children of the upper class had to study with the children of the lower class and once they were 15 years old, they would be tested and the most knowledgeable ones would be placed in the upper class whereas the children who had not studied well and knew little were placed in the lower class (even if their parents were hight priests). ~ After the tour through M.P. we decided to walk back down as we really did not feel like going in the suicide bus + the surroundings were so beautiful and we had enough time. We literary climbed down for one hour! By the end my calved were burning ๐Ÿ˜‡ Once back in Cusco, we prepared our trip to Arequipa, pampered ourselves a little (mani+pedi ๐Ÿ˜) and even witnessed the festival of Santa Luca. #cusco  #machupicchu  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #inca 
Day 26 - 31: When in Cusco, part 1 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anne joined us on our journey to Cusco and the three of us had decided to take a luxurious bus tour as we really didn't feel like sitting in a crappy bus for 7 hours after already having travelled for 3.5 hours the prior evening and waking up at 5.30 am. So we took a new bus that would drop us off in Cusco while visiting 4 places on the way! The first thing we noticed was the fact that all our luggage was collected and put in the bus as soon as we arrived at the desk. The second thing were the amount of elderly people. Until then we had been thinking a journey like ours would be too hard on our parents but having seen the our fellow passengers, I know that at least in Peru it is possible to travel in comfort. ~
The tour itself was amazing! We saw old cities, inca temples and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes which was truly amazing. After this super relaxed trip we arrived in Cusco and decided to spoil ourselves with a decent hotel. To our surprise, the owner was a Dutch woman who had established schools for street children and poor children and financed it with her hotels. Besides this amazing project, the hotel itself was wonderful with parisian vibes and perfect food. ~
Cusco is a big sunny and warm city! It is however also super touristic and on the main plazas every few steps you will be approached for a masaje or tour which can get a little annoying ๐Ÿ™ˆ Also, the drivers are very dangerous and seriously don't cate wether they hit you or not. Even if you are crossing the green light you can be hit by a car. Besides that, it is a nice cry and we spent a whole week there, preparing our machu piccchu trip and some administrative things. The days were super relaxed and with Anne we would chill in the city and find nice places to eat ๐Ÿ˜
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The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Peru rail train so that the 92 km journey would take 3.5 hours instead of 7๐Ÿ˜… Even though the train was the MOST expensive train we have ever taken (more expensive than the TGV or Thalys) we were happy that it was there. On the way to MP we met a really nice Turkish couple and talked the entire time! #Cusco #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel
Day 26 - 31: When in Cusco, part 1 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anne joined us on our journey to Cusco and the three of us had decided to take a luxurious bus tour as we really didn't feel like sitting in a crappy bus for 7 hours after already having travelled for 3.5 hours the prior evening and waking up at 5.30 am. So we took a new bus that would drop us off in Cusco while visiting 4 places on the way! The first thing we noticed was the fact that all our luggage was collected and put in the bus as soon as we arrived at the desk. The second thing were the amount of elderly people. Until then we had been thinking a journey like ours would be too hard on our parents but having seen the our fellow passengers, I know that at least in Peru it is possible to travel in comfort. ~ The tour itself was amazing! We saw old cities, inca temples and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes which was truly amazing. After this super relaxed trip we arrived in Cusco and decided to spoil ourselves with a decent hotel. To our surprise, the owner was a Dutch woman who had established schools for street children and poor children and financed it with her hotels. Besides this amazing project, the hotel itself was wonderful with parisian vibes and perfect food. ~ Cusco is a big sunny and warm city! It is however also super touristic and on the main plazas every few steps you will be approached for a masaje or tour which can get a little annoying ๐Ÿ™ˆ Also, the drivers are very dangerous and seriously don't cate wether they hit you or not. Even if you are crossing the green light you can be hit by a car. Besides that, it is a nice cry and we spent a whole week there, preparing our machu piccchu trip and some administrative things. The days were super relaxed and with Anne we would chill in the city and find nice places to eat ๐Ÿ˜ ~ The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Peru rail train so that the 92 km journey would take 3.5 hours instead of 7๐Ÿ˜… Even though the train was the MOST expensive train we have ever taken (more expensive than the TGV or Thalys) we were happy that it was there. On the way to MP we met a really nice Turkish couple and talked the entire time! #Cusco  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel 
Day 23-25: Copacabana y los Islas del Sol y de la Luna ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž The story goes that the Inca's orvinita3 from the titicacalake area and the Islas del Sol y de la Luna, which can be visited from Copacabana (not the Cuban one ๐Ÿ˜‰) It is also said that the titicacalake is one of the most beautiful places in Bolivia. Thus, having heard all of this, we had to visit the islands. We did have a bump in the road as the previous night Rocco ate hamburguesa de la calle whcih gave him food poisening on the day of departure ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
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Once we arrived, we saw that our hostel had the most beautiful view on the lake (which you can see on the pic๐Ÿ˜) and I saw the sunset from our room giving our first night their a magical touch โ˜„ The next morning I headed into town sola and Copa is a little town, more like a village. It has one beautiful and huge church, three plazas and a beach/harbor from where the boats to the islands leave.
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As I was craving good coffee (since leaving Chile until La Paz there was no good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ข) I found a really nice and cute cafe owned by Americans! There I met some travellers and after my nice lunch visited the blessing ceremony of the cars. This ritual only occurs in Copa and the majority of the people who do this are people who just got a new car or bus. Before the cars are blessed the owners dress their cars with festive ornaments and wait in line until the priests arrive to bless them and their cars. It was interesting for me to see! โ˜บ After that, it was time for some serious tourhopping as we were planning to visit the islands and head to Peru on the same day!
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The next day Rocco was still not recovered so he stayed in ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. But luckily (for me) our new friend Anne (whom we met in Sucre) had arrived in Copa and she wanted to do the exact same thing so together we went to the islands, learned a little bit of history and rituals and enjoyed the scenery. The inca's believed the Moon and the Sun were God's and eachothers husband and wife. So one island had a temple dedicated to the Moon Godess and the other to the Sun God. The Moon island was OK but the Sun Island was incredible. It was really beautiful with creeks, flowers and green terraces ๐Ÿ˜ #rocartravels
Day 23-25: Copacabana y los Islas del Sol y de la Luna ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž The story goes that the Inca's orvinita3 from the titicacalake area and the Islas del Sol y de la Luna, which can be visited from Copacabana (not the Cuban one ๐Ÿ˜‰) It is also said that the titicacalake is one of the most beautiful places in Bolivia. Thus, having heard all of this, we had to visit the islands. We did have a bump in the road as the previous night Rocco ate hamburguesa de la calle whcih gave him food poisening on the day of departure ๐Ÿ˜ฃ ~ Once we arrived, we saw that our hostel had the most beautiful view on the lake (which you can see on the pic๐Ÿ˜) and I saw the sunset from our room giving our first night their a magical touch โ˜„ The next morning I headed into town sola and Copa is a little town, more like a village. It has one beautiful and huge church, three plazas and a beach/harbor from where the boats to the islands leave. ~ As I was craving good coffee (since leaving Chile until La Paz there was no good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ข) I found a really nice and cute cafe owned by Americans! There I met some travellers and after my nice lunch visited the blessing ceremony of the cars. This ritual only occurs in Copa and the majority of the people who do this are people who just got a new car or bus. Before the cars are blessed the owners dress their cars with festive ornaments and wait in line until the priests arrive to bless them and their cars. It was interesting for me to see! โ˜บ After that, it was time for some serious tourhopping as we were planning to visit the islands and head to Peru on the same day! ~ The next day Rocco was still not recovered so he stayed in ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. But luckily (for me) our new friend Anne (whom we met in Sucre) had arrived in Copa and she wanted to do the exact same thing so together we went to the islands, learned a little bit of history and rituals and enjoyed the scenery. The inca's believed the Moon and the Sun were God's and eachothers husband and wife. So one island had a temple dedicated to the Moon Godess and the other to the Sun God. The Moon island was OK but the Sun Island was incredible. It was really beautiful with creeks, flowers and green terraces ๐Ÿ˜ #rocartravels 
Day 19 - 21: part 3 ๐Ÿ˜‡  It is called the death road because up to 2006 two to three hundred people would die on that road, mostly due to vehicle accidents. It used to be the only road connecting La Paz to the Amazon and Santa Cruz. Nowadays there is a paved highway which is much safer. Anyway, we did take the death road and biked through the most beautiful scenery while being super focused to not accelerate too much in order not to fall and die ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was our first time in the Amazon and it was soo beautiful and green!
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If you have never seen The Amazon, you can compare it to the area in the zoo that is dedicated to butterflies and jungle animals. It was unbelievably beautiful and only 2.5 hours away from La Paz + it was 10 to 15 degrees warmer than La Paz as well. We also saw huge beel/wasplike insects( I forgot the name) and also fruit trees ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ banana trees, coffee trees, papaya trees, sugar trees and avocado trees! Soo cool ๐Ÿ˜ I even tasted the sugar branch and it was really good ๐Ÿ˜ Our companion, beside the guide and the driver nicknamed 50 cent (no joke!) ๐Ÿ˜‚, was a Brazilian that knew all these different trees including the sugar tree so that's how we got to taste it๐Ÿ˜
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Our time in La Paz ended at one of our favorite cafe's called cafe blueberry with the sweetest waiter Jose Luis and the best panqueques๐Ÿ˜ La Paz, you stole our hearts ๐Ÿ’œ #coffeetree #bananatree #papayatree #avocadotree #deathroad #coroico #yungas #bolivia #amazon #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica
Day 19 - 21: part 3 ๐Ÿ˜‡ It is called the death road because up to 2006 two to three hundred people would die on that road, mostly due to vehicle accidents. It used to be the only road connecting La Paz to the Amazon and Santa Cruz. Nowadays there is a paved highway which is much safer. Anyway, we did take the death road and biked through the most beautiful scenery while being super focused to not accelerate too much in order not to fall and die ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was our first time in the Amazon and it was soo beautiful and green! ~ If you have never seen The Amazon, you can compare it to the area in the zoo that is dedicated to butterflies and jungle animals. It was unbelievably beautiful and only 2.5 hours away from La Paz + it was 10 to 15 degrees warmer than La Paz as well. We also saw huge beel/wasplike insects( I forgot the name) and also fruit trees ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ banana trees, coffee trees, papaya trees, sugar trees and avocado trees! Soo cool ๐Ÿ˜ I even tasted the sugar branch and it was really good ๐Ÿ˜ Our companion, beside the guide and the driver nicknamed 50 cent (no joke!) ๐Ÿ˜‚, was a Brazilian that knew all these different trees including the sugar tree so that's how we got to taste it๐Ÿ˜ ~ Our time in La Paz ended at one of our favorite cafe's called cafe blueberry with the sweetest waiter Jose Luis and the best panqueques๐Ÿ˜ La Paz, you stole our hearts ๐Ÿ’œ #coffeetree  #bananatree  #papayatree  #avocadotree  #deathroad  #coroico  #yungas  #bolivia  #amazon  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica 
Day 19 - 21: Part 2 ๐Ÿ We stood there looking clueless for 5 minutes thinking whether this was the transportation that guy was talking about and then decided to ask one of the people standing beside us. She told us that those minivans were part of public transportation and that we had to stop one of them and ask whether they were heading towards our destination. Following her words, we got into a minivan and encountered the second problem.. how and where to get off. We found out all the streets were numbered and counted the streets untill ours came in sight and asked the driver to pull over. It was such a funny experience that we felt like real adventurers ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡
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Perhaps you won't believe it but there is another special element to transportation in La Paz which we found out the second day when we were heading down town, namely the way La Pazians (made this word up ๐Ÿ˜†) drive ๐Ÿ™ˆ If you think Italy, Spain, France or Morocco is bad.. you are in for a SCARE when you sit in a car in this city! It is survival of the fittest and if you don't take you will be taken and you will never cross the street. Honestly, when crossing streets I don't think it would matter whether you are driving with your eyes open as others will be forced to stop anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚ BUT I do have to say,  no accidents happened even though cars would drive up to us and stop 1 cm away from us or we (the driver) would throw ourselves in front of other cars to get through ๐Ÿ˜…
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Next to transportation (wouldn't have guessed I could write so much about it๐Ÿ™ˆ) La Paz has other interesting things to offer. We saw the witches market with llama foetuses (which brings good luck of you burry it under your new bought house ๐Ÿ‘€), artisan work, the San Francesco church, the museum of instruments ( which I really liked) and drank some good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ From the moment we left Chile all the coffee we had tasted bad untill La Paz's coffee! I don't know why, but perhaps because it lies close to the Yungas (the Amazon) where coffee treas grow๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ ~
Also we did something super cool and scary ๐Ÿ™‚ We went to the Amazon via the death road on mountainbikes. The road is 40 km long and descents 3000 m. ~ See part 3 #deathroad #rocartravels
Day 19 - 21: Part 2 ๐Ÿ We stood there looking clueless for 5 minutes thinking whether this was the transportation that guy was talking about and then decided to ask one of the people standing beside us. She told us that those minivans were part of public transportation and that we had to stop one of them and ask whether they were heading towards our destination. Following her words, we got into a minivan and encountered the second problem.. how and where to get off. We found out all the streets were numbered and counted the streets untill ours came in sight and asked the driver to pull over. It was such a funny experience that we felt like real adventurers ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡ ~ Perhaps you won't believe it but there is another special element to transportation in La Paz which we found out the second day when we were heading down town, namely the way La Pazians (made this word up ๐Ÿ˜†) drive ๐Ÿ™ˆ If you think Italy, Spain, France or Morocco is bad.. you are in for a SCARE when you sit in a car in this city! It is survival of the fittest and if you don't take you will be taken and you will never cross the street. Honestly, when crossing streets I don't think it would matter whether you are driving with your eyes open as others will be forced to stop anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚ BUT I do have to say, no accidents happened even though cars would drive up to us and stop 1 cm away from us or we (the driver) would throw ourselves in front of other cars to get through ๐Ÿ˜… ~ Next to transportation (wouldn't have guessed I could write so much about it๐Ÿ™ˆ) La Paz has other interesting things to offer. We saw the witches market with llama foetuses (which brings good luck of you burry it under your new bought house ๐Ÿ‘€), artisan work, the San Francesco church, the museum of instruments ( which I really liked) and drank some good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ From the moment we left Chile all the coffee we had tasted bad untill La Paz's coffee! I don't know why, but perhaps because it lies close to the Yungas (the Amazon) where coffee treas grow๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ ~ Also we did something super cool and scary ๐Ÿ™‚ We went to the Amazon via the death road on mountainbikes. The road is 40 km long and descents 3000 m. ~ See part 3 #deathroad  #rocartravels 
Day 19 - 21: La Paz, the city that amazes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ When you read about the capital of Bolivia, you come across a lot of negative stories. Therefore we had almost skipped visiting the city. We were however so glad our Airbnb hostel owner Carlos in Sucre had persuaded us to explore the 4000 m high city.
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We took the airplane to La Paz which (was only 1 hour ๐Ÿ˜‡) and arrived in El Alto (which used to be a suburb of La Paz but now has become a separate city at the top of the hill overlooking La Paz). From the moment our taxi started to drive we got enchanted by the city! We had never seen such a unique city with houses spread over the hills and the valley, with cable cars (mi telefรฉrico) passing above the city and the snowcapped mountains standing in the background. Truly amazing! ๐Ÿ˜
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Once settled, the first thing we did was ofcourse getting into mi telefรฉrico to see the city from above ๐Ÿ˜ To the locals the telefรฉrico is their public transportation that they take every morning and evening but to us it was a real attraction! We were sitting there saying oohs and ahs while our neighbours were looking stern and bored and probably thinking something like: crazy tourists spending money on public transportation for fun ๐Ÿ™ƒ The telefรฉrico exists since 4 years and before its existence, the poor citizens of La Paz and El Alto had to take the bus or car up and down every day for work. ๐Ÿ˜ซ BTW,  the telefรฉrico became Rocco's favorite attraction and if it were up to him we would have sat in it every morning and evening ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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Besides the telefรฉrico, the public transportation of La Paz has another special element, namely the minivans. After getting off at the final station of the telefรฉrico in the South of La Paz (the richest area) we got directions to the restaurant area. The guy who helped us explained we had to walk two blocks down and then take one of the minivans. When we arrived at the place where we were supposed to get into the minivans we didn't know what to do ๐Ÿ˜‚ We saw people stopping taxi looking minivans in front of the red light and get in.
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Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #LaPaz #Bolivia #veryspecial #cityinthehillsandvalley #4000maltitude #rocartravels #wanderlust
Day 19 - 21: La Paz, the city that amazes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ When you read about the capital of Bolivia, you come across a lot of negative stories. Therefore we had almost skipped visiting the city. We were however so glad our Airbnb hostel owner Carlos in Sucre had persuaded us to explore the 4000 m high city. ~ We took the airplane to La Paz which (was only 1 hour ๐Ÿ˜‡) and arrived in El Alto (which used to be a suburb of La Paz but now has become a separate city at the top of the hill overlooking La Paz). From the moment our taxi started to drive we got enchanted by the city! We had never seen such a unique city with houses spread over the hills and the valley, with cable cars (mi telefรฉrico) passing above the city and the snowcapped mountains standing in the background. Truly amazing! ๐Ÿ˜ ~ Once settled, the first thing we did was ofcourse getting into mi telefรฉrico to see the city from above ๐Ÿ˜ To the locals the telefรฉrico is their public transportation that they take every morning and evening but to us it was a real attraction! We were sitting there saying oohs and ahs while our neighbours were looking stern and bored and probably thinking something like: crazy tourists spending money on public transportation for fun ๐Ÿ™ƒ The telefรฉrico exists since 4 years and before its existence, the poor citizens of La Paz and El Alto had to take the bus or car up and down every day for work. ๐Ÿ˜ซ BTW, the telefรฉrico became Rocco's favorite attraction and if it were up to him we would have sat in it every morning and evening ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ~ Besides the telefรฉrico, the public transportation of La Paz has another special element, namely the minivans. After getting off at the final station of the telefรฉrico in the South of La Paz (the richest area) we got directions to the restaurant area. The guy who helped us explained we had to walk two blocks down and then take one of the minivans. When we arrived at the place where we were supposed to get into the minivans we didn't know what to do ๐Ÿ˜‚ We saw people stopping taxi looking minivans in front of the red light and get in. ~ Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #LaPaz  #Bolivia  #veryspecial  #cityinthehillsandvalley  #4000maltitude  #rocartravels  #wanderlust 
Day 14 - 18: Part 2 ๐Ÿ˜Š Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia (used to be the official capital) and 196 years ago the declaration of independence was signed in this city. The city itself is as beautiful as the tales and we learned a lot of Bolivian history here. We learned that the Inca empire stretched from Colombia all the way to Chile and that several women are national Bolivian heroes, one of the most important being Juanna Azurduy who was a warrior and together with her husband fought for all indigenous people in Bolivia and tragically lost her husband and four of her five children in her battles (You see her on one of the pictures)
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Besides going through history, we met a really cool guy (host of our Airbnb) who gave us several great tips and to whom we talked an entire night about all kinds of subjects. We also met a girl from the Salar tour and with her explored Sucre and a town called Tarabuco, 300/400 m higher than Sucre where all native Bolivians from around the region gather (on Sundays) to buy or trade goods. It was nice to see the town and the markets, but as there werent that many people and we had already been to outskirts of Bolivia, it didn't live up to the expectation. Nevertheless we had a good time.
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We really loved Sucre with its relaxed, summery atmosphere and rich history. It reminded me a little of Granada (where I lived for 5 months) and if we had more time we would have stayed longer. It is definitly a city we will visit again when we get the chance to come back to Bolivia! #Sucre #Bolivia #juannaazurduy #history #indigenouspeopleofBolivia #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #wanderlust #travel #tarabuco #markets #Roccowithhisfavouritefood #SimonBolivar #casadelalibertad #sanfelipecathedral #rocartravels
Day 14 - 18: Part 2 ๐Ÿ˜Š Sucre is the constitutional capital of Bolivia (used to be the official capital) and 196 years ago the declaration of independence was signed in this city. The city itself is as beautiful as the tales and we learned a lot of Bolivian history here. We learned that the Inca empire stretched from Colombia all the way to Chile and that several women are national Bolivian heroes, one of the most important being Juanna Azurduy who was a warrior and together with her husband fought for all indigenous people in Bolivia and tragically lost her husband and four of her five children in her battles (You see her on one of the pictures) ~ Besides going through history, we met a really cool guy (host of our Airbnb) who gave us several great tips and to whom we talked an entire night about all kinds of subjects. We also met a girl from the Salar tour and with her explored Sucre and a town called Tarabuco, 300/400 m higher than Sucre where all native Bolivians from around the region gather (on Sundays) to buy or trade goods. It was nice to see the town and the markets, but as there werent that many people and we had already been to outskirts of Bolivia, it didn't live up to the expectation. Nevertheless we had a good time. ~ We really loved Sucre with its relaxed, summery atmosphere and rich history. It reminded me a little of Granada (where I lived for 5 months) and if we had more time we would have stayed longer. It is definitly a city we will visit again when we get the chance to come back to Bolivia! #Sucre  #Bolivia  #juannaazurduy  #history  #indigenouspeopleofBolivia  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #wanderlust  #travel  #tarabuco  #markets  #Roccowithhisfavouritefood  #SimonBolivar  #casadelalibertad  #sanfelipecathedral  #rocartravels 
Day 14 -18: Sweet Sucre ๐Ÿ’› We had been anticipating our stay in Sucre as we had read it was a beautiful city with great temperatures tempting all visitors to stay longer ๐Ÿค— ~
Our journey to Sucre started with a 5 hour busride which was ok. We had front seats, could see everything that was happening in the busdriversarea and had the pleasure to see a movie where an 8 year old kills and plucks a chicken (great ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) and a movie named el Rapido y Furioso 8 ๐Ÿ˜‚ #guesswhichmovie ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I hadn't seen it so that was nice and hearing Vin Diesel and the others in Spanish is always funny ๐Ÿ˜). ~
In the bus itself something interesting was happening. Generally there is only one busdriver with no other companions or colleagues. ๐Ÿ‘ฎ But with this journey we had 3 other men ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿ™Ž helping out the busdriver and all of them sitting next to him or on the stairs in their little secluded area while chewing coca leaves and adding more leaves every 10 min. ๐Ÿƒ Very tasty ๐Ÿ™ƒ ~
Also what happens on busjourneys is that right before departure or at checkpoints (with military๐Ÿ•ด) groups of women come and sell food or drinks that they made that day and busdrives let them come in the bus for a few minutes to sell their goods. ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿฉ
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Our journey however didn't end with the busride. In Potosรญ we had to change and take a rapido or bus to Sucre (still 3 hours ride). As we wanted to take a rapido to be rรกpido ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ we were dropped somewhere in a neighbourhood and walked two blocks to reach the rรกpido departure place. As we walked up 20 people came up to us offering a rรกpido. As Rocco saw a sportscar among them we walked to that car and within minutes were driving away accompanied by a mother with her sun on the front row and another girl sitting next to me.
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The first half of the ride was relaxed and we could enjoy the beautiful scenery but then.. a red car came up to us and wanted to pass us and our drivers ego didn't want a crappy car to surpass him so what happend.. a race through the two-way-mountainroad ๐Ÿ˜ซ which was horrible ๐Ÿ˜‘ and where we almost hit a car ๐Ÿค Fortunately, after going through anxiety and stress we arrived in Sucre! ~ Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜Ž #Sucre #Bolivia #rocartravels
Day 14 -18: Sweet Sucre ๐Ÿ’› We had been anticipating our stay in Sucre as we had read it was a beautiful city with great temperatures tempting all visitors to stay longer ๐Ÿค— ~ Our journey to Sucre started with a 5 hour busride which was ok. We had front seats, could see everything that was happening in the busdriversarea and had the pleasure to see a movie where an 8 year old kills and plucks a chicken (great ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) and a movie named el Rapido y Furioso 8 ๐Ÿ˜‚ #guesswhichmovie  ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I hadn't seen it so that was nice and hearing Vin Diesel and the others in Spanish is always funny ๐Ÿ˜). ~ In the bus itself something interesting was happening. Generally there is only one busdriver with no other companions or colleagues. ๐Ÿ‘ฎ But with this journey we had 3 other men ๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿ™Ž๐Ÿ™Ž helping out the busdriver and all of them sitting next to him or on the stairs in their little secluded area while chewing coca leaves and adding more leaves every 10 min. ๐Ÿƒ Very tasty ๐Ÿ™ƒ ~ Also what happens on busjourneys is that right before departure or at checkpoints (with military๐Ÿ•ด) groups of women come and sell food or drinks that they made that day and busdrives let them come in the bus for a few minutes to sell their goods. ๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒฏ๐Ÿฉ ~ Our journey however didn't end with the busride. In Potosรญ we had to change and take a rapido or bus to Sucre (still 3 hours ride). As we wanted to take a rapido to be rรกpido ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ we were dropped somewhere in a neighbourhood and walked two blocks to reach the rรกpido departure place. As we walked up 20 people came up to us offering a rรกpido. As Rocco saw a sportscar among them we walked to that car and within minutes were driving away accompanied by a mother with her sun on the front row and another girl sitting next to me. ~ The first half of the ride was relaxed and we could enjoy the beautiful scenery but then.. a red car came up to us and wanted to pass us and our drivers ego didn't want a crappy car to surpass him so what happend.. a race through the two-way-mountainroad ๐Ÿ˜ซ which was horrible ๐Ÿ˜‘ and where we almost hit a car ๐Ÿค Fortunately, after going through anxiety and stress we arrived in Sucre! ~ Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜Ž #Sucre  #Bolivia  #rocartravels 
Day 12 & 13: Taking it tranquillo in Tupiza ๐ŸŒž In Uyuni we took the first available bus to Tupiza. We had already booked a hotel and honestly didn't want to stay in Uyuni longer then necessary. Uyuni is a really poor looking place.. there are garbage piles in the middle of the street, unfinished houses with people living in them and a lot of street dogs lying on the ground from exhaustion. Ofcourse we expected to see a lot of poverty, but seeing it in person is still very saddening.
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However, we also saw Bolivianos in their traditional clothing, with their bowl hats and braided hair and they were so friendly!! Rocco and I were very surprised how kind and honest they were. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Anyway after a bumpy 5.5 hour ride (the distance was only 200 km so you can imagine what the 'road' looked like) we arrived in Tupiza ๐Ÿ˜Š A quiet but gentle looking village. It was exactly what we needed, our hotel was warm, had a hot shower and the temperature outside got up to 25 degrees! ๐Ÿ’ƒ
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The town is a small village that has many families with small children. In the morning and afternoon it's super busy with people selling or buying goods and the village is surrounded by two rocklike mountains.
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We spent 3 nights there just recharging and resting as we were both exhausted by the days before and Rocco had gotten ill. We found a cute family restaurant that became our go to place for lunch and dinner and one entire day we chilled at the piscina of our hotel ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ The only really special thing that happend there was Rocco receiving an email saying he passed his Master Thesis with an 8!! I.e. he is officially graduating!! #Tupiza #Bolivia #resting #recharging #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #swimmingpool #sunnydays #traditionalclothing #wanderlust #travel #desert #firstsunbathingsession
Day 12 & 13: Taking it tranquillo in Tupiza ๐ŸŒž In Uyuni we took the first available bus to Tupiza. We had already booked a hotel and honestly didn't want to stay in Uyuni longer then necessary. Uyuni is a really poor looking place.. there are garbage piles in the middle of the street, unfinished houses with people living in them and a lot of street dogs lying on the ground from exhaustion. Ofcourse we expected to see a lot of poverty, but seeing it in person is still very saddening. ~ However, we also saw Bolivianos in their traditional clothing, with their bowl hats and braided hair and they were so friendly!! Rocco and I were very surprised how kind and honest they were. ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ Anyway after a bumpy 5.5 hour ride (the distance was only 200 km so you can imagine what the 'road' looked like) we arrived in Tupiza ๐Ÿ˜Š A quiet but gentle looking village. It was exactly what we needed, our hotel was warm, had a hot shower and the temperature outside got up to 25 degrees! ๐Ÿ’ƒ ~ The town is a small village that has many families with small children. In the morning and afternoon it's super busy with people selling or buying goods and the village is surrounded by two rocklike mountains. ~ We spent 3 nights there just recharging and resting as we were both exhausted by the days before and Rocco had gotten ill. We found a cute family restaurant that became our go to place for lunch and dinner and one entire day we chilled at the piscina of our hotel ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ The only really special thing that happend there was Rocco receiving an email saying he passed his Master Thesis with an 8!! I.e. he is officially graduating!! #Tupiza  #Bolivia  #resting  #recharging  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #swimmingpool  #sunnydays  #traditionalclothing  #wanderlust  #travel  #desert  #firstsunbathingsession 
Day 9, 10 & 11: Part 2 ๐Ÿ’ƒโ„ The second day we had acclimatised a little, so the symptoms were a lot less and we could enjoy the special journey. We drove through the beautiful mountain scenery and saw: wild Flamingo's!!! (One of my highlights ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜) Flamingo's are really beautiful and soo hungry ๐Ÿ˜‚ All the time they had their heads in the water, sucking food ๐ŸŸ We also saw vulcanous and vulcanic rocks.
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When evening fell we arrived at a hotel made of salt rocks! This hotel had a warm shower (BIG PLUS) and we were able to sleep without scarfs or hats ๐Ÿค— The next morning we woke up at 5 am ๐Ÿ˜ช feeling better than the previous days and headed to Salar de Uyuni. What can I say, it is a spectacle. We saw the sun rise over the Salar, saw Cacti with frozen tops and got enchanted by the Beauty๐Ÿ˜ We ended the trip taking 1000's of creative pictures ๐Ÿ˜ and then we were dropped off in Uyuni!
#despacito #salardeuyuniversion #eladiofans #newfriends #DutchiesandBrazilians #perfectcombination #๐Ÿ˜Š #๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ #creative #picturetime #SalardeUyuni #Bolivia #desierto #montaรฑas #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #desert #dutchies #brazilians #salar #salt #patchamama #intothewild #coldasice #winter #wanderlust #travel #southamerica
Day 9, 10 & 11: Part 2 ๐Ÿ’ƒโ„ The second day we had acclimatised a little, so the symptoms were a lot less and we could enjoy the special journey. We drove through the beautiful mountain scenery and saw: wild Flamingo's!!! (One of my highlights ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜) Flamingo's are really beautiful and soo hungry ๐Ÿ˜‚ All the time they had their heads in the water, sucking food ๐ŸŸ We also saw vulcanous and vulcanic rocks. ~ When evening fell we arrived at a hotel made of salt rocks! This hotel had a warm shower (BIG PLUS) and we were able to sleep without scarfs or hats ๐Ÿค— The next morning we woke up at 5 am ๐Ÿ˜ช feeling better than the previous days and headed to Salar de Uyuni. What can I say, it is a spectacle. We saw the sun rise over the Salar, saw Cacti with frozen tops and got enchanted by the Beauty๐Ÿ˜ We ended the trip taking 1000's of creative pictures ๐Ÿ˜ and then we were dropped off in Uyuni! #despacito  #salardeuyuniversion  #eladiofans  #newfriends  #DutchiesandBrazilians  #perfectcombination  #๐Ÿ˜Š #๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ซ #creative  #picturetime  #SalardeUyuni  #Bolivia  #desierto  #montaรฑas  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #desert  #dutchies  #brazilians  #salar  #salt  #patchamama  #intothewild  #coldasice  #winter  #wanderlust  #travel  #southamerica 
Day 9, 10 & 11: Beauty and the Beast ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ… On the first day of the tour, at the beginning, we were super excited to finally see the beauty of the Atacama/Uyuni region with our own eyes. Just in case, Rocco had bought wollen hats and gloves as we knew we were going to deal with the beastly cold. Our group consisted of 6 people: the two of us, the driver/cook/mechanic/amigo Eladio and 3 Brazilian ladies Juliana, Camila and Leticia. At the border we saw our first pequรฑas, one of the four camelkind, smaller than llamas, thinner than alpacas and only to be found in this region between 3000 and 5000 m. Then we went further into the desert and saw the most beautiful mountains and coloured lakes, in green, pink and purple colours. It was super sunny buy also super windy and cold, but at that point it was still bearable!
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We were also climbing altitude and before we knew it, we all got altitude sickness.. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ซ My symptoms were nausea and exhaustedness๐Ÿ˜ท After visiting the hot springs at 3000+ m. it got really bad and I couldn't do much more than sit in the jeep and try to relax. In the evening we ate and slept at a hostel but it was soo COLD we had to keep our jackets, hats and scarfs on๐Ÿ˜ฑ For all 5 of us that night we truly met the ugly beast of the Atacama/Uyuni region. Our mental strength had been put on a test ๐Ÿ˜ต
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Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #Atacama #Chile #Uyuni #Bolivia #desiertodedali #desierto #montaรฑas #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #desert #newfriends #dutchies #brazilians #jeep #pinkflamingo #pequรฑa #colouredlakes #pinklake #purplelake #greenlake #minerals #patchamama #intothewild #coldasice #winter #wanderlust #travel #southamerica
Day 9, 10 & 11: Beauty and the Beast ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ… On the first day of the tour, at the beginning, we were super excited to finally see the beauty of the Atacama/Uyuni region with our own eyes. Just in case, Rocco had bought wollen hats and gloves as we knew we were going to deal with the beastly cold. Our group consisted of 6 people: the two of us, the driver/cook/mechanic/amigo Eladio and 3 Brazilian ladies Juliana, Camila and Leticia. At the border we saw our first pequรฑas, one of the four camelkind, smaller than llamas, thinner than alpacas and only to be found in this region between 3000 and 5000 m. Then we went further into the desert and saw the most beautiful mountains and coloured lakes, in green, pink and purple colours. It was super sunny buy also super windy and cold, but at that point it was still bearable! ~ We were also climbing altitude and before we knew it, we all got altitude sickness.. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ซ My symptoms were nausea and exhaustedness๐Ÿ˜ท After visiting the hot springs at 3000+ m. it got really bad and I couldn't do much more than sit in the jeep and try to relax. In the evening we ate and slept at a hostel but it was soo COLD we had to keep our jackets, hats and scarfs on๐Ÿ˜ฑ For all 5 of us that night we truly met the ugly beast of the Atacama/Uyuni region. Our mental strength had been put on a test ๐Ÿ˜ต ~ Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #Atacama  #Chile  #Uyuni  #Bolivia  #desiertodedali  #desierto  #montaรฑas  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #desert  #newfriends  #dutchies  #brazilians  #jeep  #pinkflamingo  #pequรฑa  #colouredlakes  #pinklake  #purplelake  #greenlake  #minerals  #patchamama  #intothewild  #coldasice  #winter  #wanderlust  #travel  #southamerica 
Day 8: Time to leave Santiago โœŒ After spending an entire week in Santiago we were more than happy to head to our second destination: San Pedro de Atacama ๐Ÿ™‹ After a short (2 hour) flight we arrived near the border of Chile and Bolivia.
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By chance one of my friends from Groningen, whom I had not seen or spoken to for years, was going to be in San Pedro de Atacama! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ If we had not had any delay or lost our luggage we wouldn't have met.. How crazy things can go ๐Ÿ˜‚
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After check-in, the three of us headed into 'town'. San Pedro is a village that looks like it's made of clay, with dusty roads, in the middle of the Atacama desert. It has less than 5000 inhabitants and everything revolves around tourism.
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With Nienke we had a proper lunch and then Nienke and I decided to join two Spanish guys on a mountainbike ride through the rocky, desert area.
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We had told the guys that we Dutch are used to biking and that we could easily keep up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Little did I know ๐Ÿ˜… I had not calculated the altitude nor the state of the 'road'. We biked for 1.5 hours uphill, climbing more than 300 meters without knowing it and we were already on 3000 meters.. I kept thinking: why is this so hard?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ซ Also the road was soo bumpy with thick sand areas and holes that I was shaking the entire time (my ๐Ÿ‘ was very unhappy ๐Ÿค•)
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Nevertheless, it was so worth it. We crossed river beds like true adventurers and were surrounded by nature. It was soo beautiful, as if we were starring in a movie titled 1001 nights in the beautiful desert ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜
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The road back took only 30 minutes and felt like riding a roller coaster as we were going down hill the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Ž In the evening, after a nice HOT (and necessary) shower ๐Ÿ˜ we went for dinner and met a group of Brazilians and Chileรฑas.  It was really fun to meet new people! ๐Ÿ˜Š After dinner it was time to pack our bags again and prepare for our long awaited 3 day tour! ๐Ÿค— #Sanpedrodeatacama #Chile #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #desert #mountainbike #friends #dutchies #bike #hike #patchamama #wanderlust #travel #southamerica
Day 8: Time to leave Santiago โœŒ After spending an entire week in Santiago we were more than happy to head to our second destination: San Pedro de Atacama ๐Ÿ™‹ After a short (2 hour) flight we arrived near the border of Chile and Bolivia. ~ By chance one of my friends from Groningen, whom I had not seen or spoken to for years, was going to be in San Pedro de Atacama! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ If we had not had any delay or lost our luggage we wouldn't have met.. How crazy things can go ๐Ÿ˜‚ ~ After check-in, the three of us headed into 'town'. San Pedro is a village that looks like it's made of clay, with dusty roads, in the middle of the Atacama desert. It has less than 5000 inhabitants and everything revolves around tourism. ~ With Nienke we had a proper lunch and then Nienke and I decided to join two Spanish guys on a mountainbike ride through the rocky, desert area. ~ We had told the guys that we Dutch are used to biking and that we could easily keep up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Little did I know ๐Ÿ˜… I had not calculated the altitude nor the state of the 'road'. We biked for 1.5 hours uphill, climbing more than 300 meters without knowing it and we were already on 3000 meters.. I kept thinking: why is this so hard?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜ซ Also the road was soo bumpy with thick sand areas and holes that I was shaking the entire time (my ๐Ÿ‘ was very unhappy ๐Ÿค•) ~ Nevertheless, it was so worth it. We crossed river beds like true adventurers and were surrounded by nature. It was soo beautiful, as if we were starring in a movie titled 1001 nights in the beautiful desert ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜ ~ The road back took only 30 minutes and felt like riding a roller coaster as we were going down hill the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Ž In the evening, after a nice HOT (and necessary) shower ๐Ÿ˜ we went for dinner and met a group of Brazilians and Chileรฑas. It was really fun to meet new people! ๐Ÿ˜Š After dinner it was time to pack our bags again and prepare for our long awaited 3 day tour! ๐Ÿค— #Sanpedrodeatacama  #Chile  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #desert  #mountainbike  #friends  #dutchies  #bike  #hike  #patchamama  #wanderlust  #travel  #southamerica 
Day 6 (+7): The reason we went to Santiago โ›ง Initially when we were planning our trip through South America we had not planned to include Chile. However after the first planning sessions (we had a few ๐Ÿ˜‰) I thought it would be such a pity to go to South America and not visit the Bahรก'i temple. Rocco agreed and that's how Santiago/Chile got included in our plans ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The Bahรก'i temple in Santiago is the last continental temple that has been built and only a few months ago it was inaugurated. It stands upon a hill outside the city centre of Santiago and from there you can see the entire city.
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On our way to the temple it was so cool to tell or be asked where we were heading and people knowing what the Bahรก'i temple is! ๐Ÿ˜„ Once we arrived, it felt so special to be there and I can't quite explain it. Like coming home, even though you are miles away from your own home and are in an entirely different world. We sat inside the small beautiful temple (from the inside it is a lot smaller than it appears! I have been to the European Bahรก'i temple in Langenhain and compared to that it is a lot smaller), said prayers for everyone we know (and don't know) and just sat there taking in the ambience๐Ÿ’–
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On our way back from the temple we realised that we are actually starting and ending our trip with a continental Bahรก'i temple! The first ofcourse being in Santiago and the second in Panama city from where we will be heading back to Amsterdam ๐Ÿค— (Spiritually blessed journey? ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ˜‡)
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Day 7 wasn't really that special and consisted of getting everything in order, getting our luggage back and preparing for the next day which would mean, leaving Santiago early in the morning and heading to San Pedro de Atacama at the Bolivian/Argentinian border for our 3 day journey through the Atacama and Uyuni region! #sorryittooksolongtopost #firstnormalinternetsincesantiago #TemploBahaideSudamerica #Santiago #Chile #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #bahaitemple #bahai #peรฑalolen #prayers #spirituallyblessed #wanderlust #travel #southamerica #wegotourluggageback
Day 6 (+7): The reason we went to Santiago โ›ง Initially when we were planning our trip through South America we had not planned to include Chile. However after the first planning sessions (we had a few ๐Ÿ˜‰) I thought it would be such a pity to go to South America and not visit the Bahรก'i temple. Rocco agreed and that's how Santiago/Chile got included in our plans ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ The Bahรก'i temple in Santiago is the last continental temple that has been built and only a few months ago it was inaugurated. It stands upon a hill outside the city centre of Santiago and from there you can see the entire city. ~ On our way to the temple it was so cool to tell or be asked where we were heading and people knowing what the Bahรก'i temple is! ๐Ÿ˜„ Once we arrived, it felt so special to be there and I can't quite explain it. Like coming home, even though you are miles away from your own home and are in an entirely different world. We sat inside the small beautiful temple (from the inside it is a lot smaller than it appears! I have been to the European Bahรก'i temple in Langenhain and compared to that it is a lot smaller), said prayers for everyone we know (and don't know) and just sat there taking in the ambience๐Ÿ’– ~ On our way back from the temple we realised that we are actually starting and ending our trip with a continental Bahรก'i temple! The first ofcourse being in Santiago and the second in Panama city from where we will be heading back to Amsterdam ๐Ÿค— (Spiritually blessed journey? ๐Ÿ™ˆ ๐Ÿ˜‡) ~ Day 7 wasn't really that special and consisted of getting everything in order, getting our luggage back and preparing for the next day which would mean, leaving Santiago early in the morning and heading to San Pedro de Atacama at the Bolivian/Argentinian border for our 3 day journey through the Atacama and Uyuni region! #sorryittooksolongtopost  #firstnormalinternetsincesantiago  #TemploBahaideSudamerica  #Santiago  #Chile  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #bahaitemple  #bahai  #peรฑalolen  #prayers  #spirituallyblessed  #wanderlust  #travel  #southamerica  #wegotourluggageback 
Day 5: Exploring Santiago ๐Ÿ˜Š We started the day with a long walk through the city towards our brunch place. Until then we had taken the subway, but walking around the city in the sun is much better ๐Ÿ˜ We ate our brunch (which was a HUGE meal) at a cute little cafe I had read good reviews about and then we hiked one of the two mountains/hills of the city San Cristรณbal. We got soo hot at one point that we took off all our clothes and continued in our tanktop and t-shirt while everyone was looking at us thinking we were crazy ๐Ÿ˜‚ When we arrived at the top the view was beautiful, the virgen was OK ๐Ÿ˜‡ After our hike we had coffee at a really cute restaurant but I was too tired to take pictures and after that we ate dinner but we actually were so tired we couldn't really eat anymore.. We get soo tired around 8 o clock, our bodies have not fully adjusted yet so if we are not in bed around 9 we feel like two dying zombies ๐Ÿ˜‚ #Santiago #Chile #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #jetlag #iguess #sancristobal #lavirgen #exploringsantiago #castelloforestal
Day 5: Exploring Santiago ๐Ÿ˜Š We started the day with a long walk through the city towards our brunch place. Until then we had taken the subway, but walking around the city in the sun is much better ๐Ÿ˜ We ate our brunch (which was a HUGE meal) at a cute little cafe I had read good reviews about and then we hiked one of the two mountains/hills of the city San Cristรณbal. We got soo hot at one point that we took off all our clothes and continued in our tanktop and t-shirt while everyone was looking at us thinking we were crazy ๐Ÿ˜‚ When we arrived at the top the view was beautiful, the virgen was OK ๐Ÿ˜‡ After our hike we had coffee at a really cute restaurant but I was too tired to take pictures and after that we ate dinner but we actually were so tired we couldn't really eat anymore.. We get soo tired around 8 o clock, our bodies have not fully adjusted yet so if we are not in bed around 9 we feel like two dying zombies ๐Ÿ˜‚ #Santiago  #Chile  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #jetlag  #iguess  #sancristobal  #lavirgen  #exploringsantiago  #castelloforestal 
Day 4: Dos Helados en Santiago โ˜ƒ After a slow morning start and changing our Airbnb (same owners but different place) we went out to get breakfast and some clothes as we felt dirty and cold ๐Ÿ˜ทโ˜ƒ and apparently in our new neighbourhood there was a feria. Like a little market with goods and foods. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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We bought our breakfast there and ate on the street while people watching๐Ÿ˜‰ After breakfast we walked to the subway to find a mall. We were first sent to an area where the mall was closed (looked a bit dodgy as well) and then to the only mall that was open at central station. We spent the entire day at the mall ๐Ÿ™ˆ We did have plans to visit the Bahai temple but shopping took so much time we decided to do that another day.
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In the evening (yes we were still there) we walked all the way back to our new place (35 min) as the ticket shop was closed and we couldn't buy separate tickets from the machine. At first we thought it would be a bit dangerous to walk back but actually it wasn't that bad ๐Ÿ˜‡ When we arrived home we could finally shower and put fresh clothes on! It felt SOO good to wear clean clothes and proper winter pijamas ๐Ÿ˜ ~
Things we noticed: 1. A lot of fast food everywhere and ofcourse (almost) no vegetarian options ๐Ÿ˜ข. 2. Some 'nomal' spanish words are different here, like 'zumo'  is 'jugo' and 'avocado' is 'palta' (not sure about this one ๐Ÿ™ˆ). #Santiago #Chile #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #shopping #feria #domingo
Day 4: Dos Helados en Santiago โ˜ƒ After a slow morning start and changing our Airbnb (same owners but different place) we went out to get breakfast and some clothes as we felt dirty and cold ๐Ÿ˜ทโ˜ƒ and apparently in our new neighbourhood there was a feria. Like a little market with goods and foods. ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ We bought our breakfast there and ate on the street while people watching๐Ÿ˜‰ After breakfast we walked to the subway to find a mall. We were first sent to an area where the mall was closed (looked a bit dodgy as well) and then to the only mall that was open at central station. We spent the entire day at the mall ๐Ÿ™ˆ We did have plans to visit the Bahai temple but shopping took so much time we decided to do that another day. ~ In the evening (yes we were still there) we walked all the way back to our new place (35 min) as the ticket shop was closed and we couldn't buy separate tickets from the machine. At first we thought it would be a bit dangerous to walk back but actually it wasn't that bad ๐Ÿ˜‡ When we arrived home we could finally shower and put fresh clothes on! It felt SOO good to wear clean clothes and proper winter pijamas ๐Ÿ˜ ~ Things we noticed: 1. A lot of fast food everywhere and ofcourse (almost) no vegetarian options ๐Ÿ˜ข. 2. Some 'nomal' spanish words are different here, like 'zumo' is 'jugo' and 'avocado' is 'palta' (not sure about this one ๐Ÿ™ˆ). #Santiago  #Chile  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #shopping  #feria  #domingo 
Day 3: al final en Santiago ๐Ÿ’ƒOur flight from Toronto went well, only down side was the overbooked flight that made us sit in economy (I always travel economy but by chance we had booked premium economy and let me tell you it is really really worth it #unlessyourdowngraded ๐Ÿ˜…) we flew the entire night so we were pretty tired when we arrived and guess what.. our luck had not ended. Our luggage was lost. So we had to fill in forms, call to Canada via their Indian Call center and it was horrible to be honest.
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BUT after we settled the luggage issue we went into our little neighbourhood to get some nice coffee and lunch. We found a really cute cafรฉ and relaxed there for a bit. Then we decided to head into town and visit some places the waitress mentioned ๐Ÿ˜Š We got to know the subway, saw plaza de armas, some folklore dancing, the andes from the river and the faculty of arts where we had a coffee before we headed back to our neighbourhood for dinner at a local restaurant and then to our Airbnb house to sleep before 10 o clock. Something I had not done maybe in a year?.. I woke up feeling normal and well rested! ๐Ÿ˜ #cheerstosleep
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Things we have noticed so far: 1. Chileรฑos love their sweets!! Everywhere there is a helado or sweets stand/shop and even though it's cold around 12ยฐC everybody is eating icecream๐Ÿ˜ฑ 2. Chileรฑos like to sit outside in the park no matter the weather. Something very rare for us too see ๐Ÿ‘€. They are just chilling like we would do when it's 20+ degrees.. I don't know how they do it โ˜ƒ 3. Chileรฑos are very helpful. Several times now while we were looking around us like lost gringos people would come up to us and ask whether they could help us! Really kind! ๐Ÿ˜ŠI don't know many Dutch that would offer their help without being asked first ๐Ÿค” PS. Still waiting for our luggage to arrive #Santiago #Chile #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #chileรฑas #wanderlust #travel #city #exploring #sightseeing #megustachile
Day 3: al final en Santiago ๐Ÿ’ƒOur flight from Toronto went well, only down side was the overbooked flight that made us sit in economy (I always travel economy but by chance we had booked premium economy and let me tell you it is really really worth it #unlessyourdowngraded  ๐Ÿ˜…) we flew the entire night so we were pretty tired when we arrived and guess what.. our luck had not ended. Our luggage was lost. So we had to fill in forms, call to Canada via their Indian Call center and it was horrible to be honest. ~ BUT after we settled the luggage issue we went into our little neighbourhood to get some nice coffee and lunch. We found a really cute cafรฉ and relaxed there for a bit. Then we decided to head into town and visit some places the waitress mentioned ๐Ÿ˜Š We got to know the subway, saw plaza de armas, some folklore dancing, the andes from the river and the faculty of arts where we had a coffee before we headed back to our neighbourhood for dinner at a local restaurant and then to our Airbnb house to sleep before 10 o clock. Something I had not done maybe in a year?.. I woke up feeling normal and well rested! ๐Ÿ˜ #cheerstosleep  ~ Things we have noticed so far: 1. Chileรฑos love their sweets!! Everywhere there is a helado or sweets stand/shop and even though it's cold around 12ยฐC everybody is eating icecream๐Ÿ˜ฑ 2. Chileรฑos like to sit outside in the park no matter the weather. Something very rare for us too see ๐Ÿ‘€. They are just chilling like we would do when it's 20+ degrees.. I don't know how they do it โ˜ƒ 3. Chileรฑos are very helpful. Several times now while we were looking around us like lost gringos people would come up to us and ask whether they could help us! Really kind! ๐Ÿ˜ŠI don't know many Dutch that would offer their help without being asked first ๐Ÿค” PS. Still waiting for our luggage to arrive #Santiago  #Chile  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #chileรฑas  #wanderlust  #travel  #city  #exploring  #sightseeing  #megustachile