Our Rio & VM conjoined family are off trekking in the Bolivian Andes, in the Condoriri area and are off the grid for a few days, but managed to send us a quick tale of their latest shenanigans just before they left – thanks guys!
“Following a hard few days of trekking, we rewarded ourselves with a delicious French meal and a few drinks on the town… John, one of the more experienced members of our group, had to be put to bed, and another woke up lonely in an empty club at 5 in the morning.
Feeling a little worse for wear, we had the next day to relax in Arequipa and buy some souvenirs before catching the night bus to Chile. Unfortunately we woke up in the bus terminal to one less rucksack than we´d started with, meaning that Nick and Rowan would have to head back to Lima to get Nick an emergency passport in order for him to make it to Bolivia with us. We sadly parted ways at the bus terminal and the rest of the group headed to Chile, where we spent a long time waiting in the Arica bus terminal whilst Pete frantically tried to change our bus times. We finally arrived in San Pedro after a midnight drug search on the bus (luckily no-one was found out) in order to go horse-riding in the Atacama Desert and after a couple of hours riding we came back to the hostel for pizzas and Pisco for Emily´s 19th birthday.
After our short but sweet stay in Chile we crossed the border to Bolivia and began our 3 day expedition to the Salt Flats, stopping to see flamingos, tree rocks and pink lakes. We split into two groups for the jeeps and due to some illness in the group, the Death Bus was born. On Day 3 we arrived at the Salt Flats and took hundreds of perspective pictures to send home before cracking open the cider and enjoying our last lunch prepared by our drivers”.
Keep an eye out in a few days for some more news and hopefully some mouthwatering pictures from the gang’s latest trek…