After arriving in Cochabamba at 6:30am we went on a search for some breakfast, apparently no one eats before 8am so we wandered the streets for a bit before finding a place open to eat. Dumbo was its namo, it a large chain not unlike Friendly´s, an icecream parlor with some food. After eating a rather good breakfast actually, we were off to figure out how to get to National Park Torotoro. This turned out to be harder than we thought without prior arrangement and after 3 tour companies and hours of discussion and decisions it looked as if we were not going to make it there. By then it was about noon and we had to find a place to sleep and figure out what to do next. Cochabamba has the distinct honor of having the world´s largest christ statue, but other than that not much else. After settling in to a room and getting some lunch we decided to take a tourist bus around the city. You know the kind with the open upper deck, yup now we were being the ultimate tourists. The tour was about an hour and a half and we zig-zagged all over the city. Unfortunately the speaker system that the tour guide was using was muffled so badly that Casey could not understand her at all, which meant I understood even less. It was an interesting tour (kind of) but at least it was something to do for a few hours. After the riveting tour we took care of some business and got some dinner. We shared a local dish that was really good, basically a mound of chopped beef with chicharon and french fries called "Pique a lo Macho."
Then next morning we we on a bus to La Paz as soon as we could (about 8:30am), we were now on our way to Coroico
This was our final splurge in Bolivia, we basically had a whole house to ourselves
But alas it was time to go and get ourselves back to La Paz so we could get our bus to Cusco, Peru. I can`t believe it but our month is up and our travels are about to change. In two days time we will meet my parents in Cusco and travel with them for the next 3 weeks, something we have been looking foward to for about a year now. We get on a bus in the morning for a 12 hour journey past Lake Titicaca in to Peru.
The last few days of Bolivia
Thursday, July 29, 2010