And we made it to the sixth month!!!
And we actually passed them really, since we left on January the 16th and we are already over 8 months travelling. I can´t believe I am writing this and in two months almost nothing changed. The last 8 weeks in Lima kept us busy with everything implied with the buying of a Kombi for travelling, so it is still possible to write about the first 6 months without having the last ones modified much of the story.
|JULIA ON HER FIRST DAY HITCH-HIKING|
When we left Resistencia we had the intention of doing the whole trip hitch-hiking, and the idea of going back to Argentina so Julia could sit for her finals, in November or March.
Today things have changed and a little more defined. We have a Kombi which needs to be renewed, so we are sedentary until she can roll alone and we are not hitching any more, we learned that tying ourselves to hitch-hiking in Bolivia is a very hard thing to do and were obliged to pay for transport, and we are certain that we want to be by the end of October in Argentina.
And everything else is a mystery.
Lets do a summary of these 6 months, in a few words and lots of photos:
Part 1) The first stage were the 15 days in Argentina. We had though of going out quite fast towards Chile, but the opportunities took us to discover a side of Salta that had never occurred to us as an option before, and we went through a sector of the Route 40 that has an average of 5 cars per days (on our count); we successfully hitch-hiked in this place, and got a ride with a Brazilian family through the road less travelled, with whom we travelled several hundreds of kilometres until our first stop in Chile in San Pedro.
|ONE MORNING EVERYTHING WOKE UP SNOWED, IN EL SALADILLO|
|WE MANAGED TO FIND SOMEONE TO TAKE US THROUGH THE HIGHEST CAR PASS IN THE WORLD|
|WITH THIS GREAT FAMILY WE CROSSED FROM SALTA UP TO SAN PEDRO DE ATACAMA|
|IN FITO'S HOUSE, OUR GHOST HOST IN SAN PEDRO|
|FITO AND MARTIN, AT THE WARM LIGHT OF THE ATACAMENIAN SUNSET|
|MARTIN POSSING IN CALAMA, "THE UGLIEST CITY IN CHILE", WHICH IS NOT THAT UGLY|
|IN CAMANA IS CHUQUICAMATA, THE BIGGEST OPEN PIT MINE IN THE WORLD, AND IT CAN BE VISITED|
|IQUIUTOS HAS A BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL AIR|
|IT WAS HARD TO EXIT CHILE TO BOLIVIA, AND THANKS TO THAT DIFFICULTY WE MET THE TWO BEST FRIENDS THAT ANYONE COULD FIND ON THE ROAD|
|IN LOVE IN UYUNI'S SALT|
|MINING VILLAGES THAT ARE AROUND BOLIVIA|
|OUR POTOSEAN FAMILY, AND OUR FIRST DAY OF STREET VENDING|
|AFTER FREEZING TO OUR BONES INSIDE THE CERRO RICO, THE RICH MOUNT|
|IN BOLIVIA, IF YOU HITCH HIKE, YOU MAY TRAVEL IN THE BACK OF A TRUCK|
|IN MARAWA, CAMPING ON THE COMPLETE FREEDOM|
|SEBI AND CLARI LEARNING FROM OUR QUECHUA GRANDMA|
|IN BOLIVIA, IF YOU PAY, YOU MAY TRAVEL IN THE BACK OF A TRUCK|
|THE WINDY ROAD THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS TO GO INSIDE SUCRE|
|THE PUCARA, CENTER OF THE FESTIVITIES OF TARABUCO|
| HOW WERE WE SUPPOSED NOT TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME, IF THIS IS HOW BOLIVIA INVITED US|
(IT READS: THIS IS YOUR LAND)
|THE LONGEST WAIT IN OUR TRIP...|
|... FOR THE MOST RUGGED TRIP IN ALL OF BOLIVIA|
|CROSSROADS ON THE ROAD|
|EL CHE AND CHARQUE MIX IN THE DAILY REALITIES OF LA HIGUERA|
|WITH THIS FACE OF HAPPINESS I MET BAMBI. IT'S BAMBI!!!|
|IN SAMAIPATA WE SURVIVED A FLOOD, AND MANAGED SOME DANCING MOVES RIGHT THERE|
|CRAZY ADVENTURES IN SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA|
|SPIDER MONKEYS IN THE RESERVE IN VILLA TUNARI|
|OUR FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE TITIKAKA|
|THE CORDILLERA REAL, FROM ACHACACHI|
|LA PAZ IN ONE PHOTOGRAPH|
|THE BAY OF COPACABANA, IN THE LAKE TITIKAKA|
|A REST, A TALK, IN A WALK ON THE ISLA DEL SOL (ISLAND OF THE SUN)|
|METERS FROM THE BORDER, WE HAD ENTERED PERU AFTER 100 DAYS IN ITS NEIGHBOUR|
|THE ISLANDS OF TOTORAS, FLOATING ISLES OF THE UROS, NEARBY PUNO|
|OUR EVERYDAY VIEW IN AREQUIPA., THE MISTI MOUNTAINS|
|AND ON THAT SAME ROOFTOP, A BARBECUE WITH OUR GREAT HOSTESS|
|THE ART ON THE WHITE CITY OF AREQUIPA|
|FRIED FISH FOR BREAKFAST, IN CALETA DEL INKA...|
|... WITH WHO ADOPTED US AS HIS GUESTS|
|IN PUERTO DEL INKA, WITH SEBAS AND CLARITA, AFTER A DAY OF HIPPIESM AT THE BEACK|
|NAZCA IN ONE PHOTO, TIGO TAXIS AND THE IMAGES OF THE LINES|
|BOUGHT THE KOMBI BUS, TE NEEDED A CLEANING!|
| EDGAR, A GREAT HELP IN ACQUIRING THE DREAM OF OUR OWN HOME (ON WHEELS)|
|HER FIRST PHOTO ON THE ROAD, POSING AT THE ROADSIDE FOR LUNCH|
|WE STOPPED IN HUACACHINA GOING TO LIMA, AND WE SAW A SIDE LESS VISIBLE OF ICA|
|SHE, SO PRETTY, SO MAJESTIC, IN THE RESERVE OF PARACAS|
And after several months of work, some nervous and stressing days, we are much closer to going back on the road. Going back to travelling. Going back to nomadism. Going back, going back to our lands and to our families, to visiting for the holidays in Argentina.
THANKS FOR BEING WITH US!! SEE YOU AROUND THE WORLD!!