After the colder climbs and mines of Potosi, we looked for a place at lower altitude and the next logical place seemed to be Cochabamba. Cochabamba is most well known for its gigantic market, but is also home to a Christ statue that exceeds the height of Rio’s!
After a great first day on the Inca Jungle Trail we were looking very forward to the remaining three days! We had two long treks ahead of us, and then of course, the world famous Machu Picchu. Read on to find out about the treks on day two and three and our thoughts on the Reserve Cusco Agency.
Our next location on the round the world travels was the worlds highest city, Potosi, at 4100m above sea level. Our time in Potosi coincided with the Carnival as did it in Sucre and Cochabamba which meant that some of the more touristy attractions were closed, but we did get to experience more of Bolivian Carnival as well as being able to see Potosi’s fantastic and fascinating silver mines.
After six days north of Auckland and being in the hospital for Jozef’s finger (soon the cause will be revealed) we ventured down to Rotorua to organise some White Water Rafting. We looked around at the different companies but soon chose Raftabout because they offered the best prices looked enthusiastic, and they were the most professional looking company. A fantastic wet, wild and wicked day of adventure followed.
Relaxing in Bolivia’s “official” Capital during the brass bands and water fights of Carnival, seeing its picturesque Cathedral, eating at Cafe Gourmet Mirador overlooking the whole city twice, testing our cooking ability and realising that drinking at altitude is not an easy thing to overcome.
After a great time in the Pantanal, we took a bus to Corumba for a couple of days so that we could regroup and get ready for Bolivia and organise our transport to Santa Cruz . Also, immigration was closed for 2 days which made crossing into Bolivia impossible. While we were in the Pantanal lots of people who had been going in the other direction had told us about the Death Train between the Bolivian Border and Santa Cruz.
The Jungle Inca Trail is an alternative to the original commercial Inca trail, taking you on a different route, and including the option to do a number of other activities along the way. This was without doubt going to be one of the highlights of our trip, so we were very excited. Read on to learn more about the Jungle Inca Trail, and how it went!
The third day had a different feel to it, slightly more relaxing but we were also leaving the Pantanal which would be a relief from mosquitoes, but would also mean we had to leave this great place.
We apologise for another very delayed post but here is the second installment of our time in the Pantanal, which unlike the first day had very few mosquitoes… NOT. This time we had a jungle trek and piranha fishing to look forward to!
Yes I know, it is slightly (very) belated but I have finally gotten around to writing about our time in the Pantanal. There is so much to write about, I have decided to split into three posts, one for each of the days we were there. Read on to find out a bit more about Ecological Expeditions Pantanal Tours, the company we booked with, as well as the Jeep Safari, Boat Ride, and Night Safari.