We managed to get the visa for Bolivia free of charge, and said goodbye to Peru! Our first stop in Bolivia was Isla del Sol just off the coast of Copacabana in the Bolivian part of Lake Titicaca...It is believed that the Incan god Viracocha emerged from the lake at this point and created the sun. The island is serene, with no vehicles and few residents...
Chronologie ist auf dieser Reise nicht drin; also sag ich mal: WELCOME TO BOLIVIA! 🇧🇴 Zu Fuß überquere ich die Grenze von Peru nach Bolivien, muss man auch mal erlebt haben, und bekomme nach zwei Stunden Anstehen, endlich meinen Stempel in den Pass gedrückt. Juhu, ich bin also drin in diesem Bolivien von dem ich vor meinen Reiserecherchen null Schimmer hatte. Die Landschaft ändert sich schlagartig, alles ist Olive, Terracota, Fleischfarben und irgendwie so durcheinander. 😬 Hier soll es also irgendwo diese unendlich weite Salzwüste geben, und rote Lagunen mit Flamingos, noch mehr Lamas, Berge mit Schnee und blubbernden Geysiren auf 5000 Meter Höhe. Für den Anfang unternehme ich erst mal einen Tagesausflug zum Maragua Crater, mit anschließendem Besuch bei angeblich echten Dinosaurierspuren🦕🦖 ... man kann Touristen ja viel erzählen. 😉
It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve been in a boat which usually brings past sentiment. Here’s some snaps from our expedition down the Rio Tambopata. As the river snakes it’s way deep into the Amazon, we found ourselves bouncing from Peruvian to Bolivian banks each night.
[Huayna Potosi, Bolivia]
Summiting Huayna Potosi was not in my original trip plans, but eventually, a “once in a lifetime” feeling manifested in me, and a week later I found myself looking out across the beautiful Andes as the sun lit the skies. The roughly $200 price tag is what originally held me back, but I came to my senses after thinking about the grand scheme of things and asking myself a few questions. Where else can I summit a mountain at 6088m for this price, and when will I ever be back here? When will the right time come, if not now?
Huayna Potosi can be summited in two or three days. The longer the ascent, the more time you give your body to adjust to the altitude, so I chose to play it safe and do it in three. We spent the first day driving from La Paz to the base camp of the mountain. Once we arrived, we warmed up with some ice climbing, something I had never done before. The first night, we stayed at the base camp. Make sure you rent a warm sleeping bag as the place gets pretty nippy. The second day, we hiked up to the Campo Alto, where we would spend the next evening. We woke up at 1 to start the ascent in order to make it to the summit in time for the sunrise. The ascent was challenging to say the least. I was definitely not the fastest in the group, I overheated quickly at various points of the ascent, forcing me to remove a layer and then put it back on shortly after. A pounding headache across my forehead started to give me feelings of doubt. I took an altitude pill that one of the fellow climbers gifted me. That and the coca leaves I was stuffing in my cheeks at every chance, as per the traditional practice of Bolivian mountaineers, were life-savers that undoubtedly made a difference. In the end, 2 out of our group of 5 turned back due to altitude sickness. At times, I didn’t know if I was going to succeed, but I pushed myself to keep going.