In April 2011 we left our jobs in Switzerland and decided to go and backpack in South America for a few months. Our destination was Peru & Bolivia. They are two of the (financial) poorest countries in South America but at the same time the nature is very rich and breathtaking. It was hard to travel there because the beauty of the countires are such a contrast to the extreme poverty going on.
We started and ended our trip in Lima, Peru. First we went to Machu Picchu which was amazing – I have no idea how they built an entire society in the middle of nowhere on top of a mountain. The fact they used MASSIVE stones made it even more mind blowing. We woke up just before 4am and hiked up to the top – we were dead when we came up. Must have been my hardest hike ever – but the view was our reward and it was worth it! After that we headed towards Copacabana in Bolivia (picture above) and hiked for a few days. Patri burnt herself badly – she still has mark from it and this was 8 months ago. Crazy. Then we went to La Paz which is the capital of Bolivia and there we did the “death road” with mountainbikes. Initially, we were sceptical but this turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip. Absolutely amazing – flying downhill with a mountain bike for a few hours, going under small waterfalls on the road and the scenary was wicked! After that, we stayed in some village in the middle of nowhere and had the best french jam ever – during the days we relaxed and took long walks. One day it was so hot when we hiked that I found a waterfall and took a “cold shower” – now, that was life! After our visit in the middle of nowhere we went downwards to Potosi and Sucre. We were going to see some minefields but then did not feel it was morally right – the tourists were wearing protection and the real workers didn’t. Instead, we went hiking in the mountains – there was no one there except Lamas. It was really beautiful! We ended our bolivia trip by travelling to Salar de Uyuni – this was really cool! This involves 3 days of driving in a 4×4 to various landscape location – one of them is the world’s largest salt lake. The final destination was in Chile and this is where we celebrated my 30th birthday. Not a bad way to turn 30 I must say. After the celebration we slowly went back towards Lima.
Anyway, here are some of my impressions of our trip.