This might be a tricky blog. One that I’m barely going to forget. A place that almost trapped me. A place that I was almost never going to leave. And the people I met there can confirm.
Yes. After Jericoacoara I took a short flight to Salvador de Bahia for yet another beach… but this time I was shocked.
Shocked by how good this place was.
So, I’ve this time wrote up a “list blog”, just to give you a few ideas of my amazing stay in Salvador. Put it on your to-go list now please 🙂
I couldn’t believe 5 months had already gone – shocking how time flew!
My original plan was to continue my travels towards the North of South America (Ecuador, then Colombia), but “plans” are in fact just “plans”…
I realised I was pretty tired of changing place every 3 days. I was happy with all the amazing things I had seen. I now needed to “relax” a little.
Therefore, Brazil it was!
Featuring: a 28km walk on the railway tracks… a dog bite… a crazy hike… beautiful Machu Picchu… and a taxi driver with a “Francesco” (Totti) tattoo.
My Machu Picchu adventure was just MAD!
Arequipa was not only my base for – finally – some great food, but also the closest place to Colca Canyon. Apparently, the third most-visited location of Peru and, also, a great destination for trekkers.
So, I packed my bag, left my suitcase in Arequipa, and took a 5 hours bus to Cabanaconde. Altitude: 3296 meters. Weather: torrential rain.
After finding out La Paz is not the capital of Bolivia, well, I had to check it out even if everybody told me it’s a kip. At the same time, La Paz meant being very close to the Peru border… and so finally I crossed it!
After the Uyuni Salar, I wanted to get out of Uyuni town asap – it didn’t look great at all. Thankfully, I got the first bus to Tupiza. Unthankfully, I had to spend almost a week in a room to look after myself.
This time, the 3.30am wake up time was totally worth it. Our goal was to get to the Uyuni salt flats before sunrise. And in fairness I had no clue it could be that beautiful.
There are two ways to get into Bolivia from San Pedro de Atacama: via bus (meh) or via 4*4 tour (yeah!). What a wonderful way to get to see Uyuni, one of the most “impossible” places on Earth!
There are deserts. And then there is Atacama desert. Yes, the driest desert in the world. So dry, that some of its 6,000m and higher mountains have no snow. So dry, that on the first day I got there, hailstones, thunders, lightnings and rain knocked out the town.