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Bolivia

Santa Cruz, Samipata, the jungle and Sucre

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Second time lucky, don´t you love it when a computer deletes something you´ve been writing for half an hour!!

Soo, after a very bumpy ride up the Ruta-Trans chaco in Paraguay we got to the border crossing in the middle of nowhere... my favorite one so far! It consisted of a corrigated iron shack, a man, a dog and a stamp. It was very bizarre. After the formalitys we headed in to Bolivia. The first town we went to was Santa cruz... We checked in to possibly our favourite hostel so far mainly because it had a pet Macaw and a pet Toucan. They were great, i´ve never been a great fan of birds but now i am! At about 6.30 Lorenzo the Macaw would wake everyone up by squawking ´Hoooollllaaaaa´as loud as he could and then when you went for breakfast Simone the toucan could hop by your side pecking at your toes. Santa cruz is a nice town with a lovely Plaza but theres not that much to do. After a 3 hour bus ride and just as many buses we arrived at the Zoo (3km away from town) which was awesome because of the free-roaming Sloths. we were lucky enough to see one at the bottom of the tree doing his business (they only leave there tree to do go to toilet) so we sat with him and gave him a little stroke! He was awesome... they have such cute faces!
After a few days of doing nothing much (except being amazed at how cheap bolivia is (we had dinner for 70p)), we went to Samaipata, a nice little town in the highlands. Our hostel was very nice, we had our own private balcony overlooking the mountains (for just 4.50). There was quite a lot to do around Samaipata, so on one day we visited some waterfalls and got some photos of us standing underneath the water and falling over and stuff.

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The next day we went to Amboro park´s cloud forests which was a lot of fun. We had an awesome guide who showed us puma tracks and spectacled bear tracks. He was really knowlegable and would stop every 5 minutes and pick up different leafs for us smell which smelled of chicken curry or eucalyptis or somethings else awesome. At one point he heard monkeys in the distance and when we listened they sounded very far away and then all of a sudden our guide started calling them in Monkey language! It was amazing we could here them getting closer and closer until they were right there in front of us. They looked a bit annoyed that they´d come all that way to check out what they thought was a monkey when infact it was just a bunch of humans. It was a really good experience... If you ever go on a tour make sure your guide can talk monkey.

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This was our view for lunch! It was amazing!! ^

This was our view for lunch! It was amazing!! ^

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We decided to do some volunteer work whilst we were in Bolivia at a Animal Refuge called Ambue Ari so we headed back to santa Cruz to pick up some supplies then headed into the jungle. We arrived after night fall so it was very dark with all the noises of the jungle. The refuge has no electricity or phone lines or anything. We slept in the office on our first night as we arrived late and it was a great night. Falling asleep with all the animal noises was great. In the morning we found out that unfortunately they didn´t have any space for us on camp and as we were only there for 2 weeks we wouldn´t be able to do any work with the animals. So we decided to leave and do some volunteering somewhere else along the line. We´re planning to do some in Peru which should be great.

Now we´re in a city called Sucre which is really nice. Lots of white washed buildings and terracota roofs. Wé´ve just been wandering round explorong all the streets and markets. Today is election day and easter sunday and apparently Bolivians love their politics and their religion so tonight should hopefully be a big celebration!

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Posted by St Martins 13:04 Archived in Bolivia Tagged backpacking

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