La Paz, Bolivia
04.11.2016 - 04.11.2016
We arrived in La Paz after a very long day of travel. Our guide is very organized and had us meet at 7:00 to catch a small bus to the main bus depot. However, his plans went awry because the main square, where we were to be picked up, was closed for some sort of military gathering.
Nevertheless, we made the bus that would take us from Puno to La Paz. It two hours of driving to reach the Peruvian/Bolivian border. Everyone in our group crossed the border easily, the people who had difficulty were the Americans. USA citizens require a visa that must be obtained at the border.
Once everyone from our bus had their documents stamped, we walked across the border and got back on the bus. The first stop was the tourist town of Copacabana. After a quick walk down to the beach, we got back in on the bus and endured one of the bumpiest rides I've ever experienced. Our Bolivian guide told us that we would not arrive in La Paz until 5:30 at night because of road construction. My Canadian brain assumed we would stop and wait as the road would have single lane, alternating traffic.
Nope, in Bolivia the vehicles don't stop, instead they proceed down narrow, rocky lanes. The construction went on for miles and miles and by the time we reached La Paz I was so impressed with our bus diver!
Tomorrow we are going to tour the city of La Paz and on Sunday we leave for the famous salt flats.