After spending six weeks in Argentina’s capital, we flew (because of a bus strike) to Córdoba and couchsurfed there before exploring a bit of the surrounding contryside. We then continued north to Cafayate and Salta and tried to cross the boarder to Chile, but it was closed due to snow. Instead, we went straight up to Tarija in Bolivia, before swinging by Tupiza and then taking a four day tour through the country’s Southwest Circuit. After that, we stopped in Sucre for a little while, then tried to find an apartment in Santa Cruz before giving up and heading to La Paz. Finally, we visited Lake Titicaca from the Bolivian and Peruvian sides before settling into an apartment in Arequipa, where we are now.
(If you care to read, in way more detail than you could ever possibly need, exactly what we’ve been doing these last 15 weeks, check out our travel diaries.)
There have certainly been several frustrations, arguments and things that went wrong, but here we want to look back on the high points of our travels so far.
- Visiting the Quebrada de las Conchas just outside Cafayate was a great way to learn about the geology of this part of the world, as well as experience some lanscapes and colours unlike any we’d seen elsewhere in nature.
- Going horse riding in Tupiza (Saturday) was a fun experience to share, as Zab and I both used to do a lot of horse riding when we were younger, but had never done it together before.
- Spending four days touring Bolivia’s Southwest Circuit was perhaps our most memorable time for the last 100 days. It was cold, the air was thin, Zab stubbed his toe and we were dirty after three days without a shower, but the landscapes we saw were just out of this world!
- Visiting Lake Titicaca from two different countries gave us a fascinating look at this famous lake, and birthplace of Inca culture.
We’ve spent a lot more time in small towns than big cities over these last 100 days, and we enjoyed many of them, but we are still certain that we generally prefer medium to large cities and plan on spending more time in some over the next 100 days. However, there were a few places that caught our interested and where we easily could have spent more time.
- Capilla del Monte, Argentina was a nice place to relax, walk and breath after being in Buenos Aires and then Córdoba, Argentina’s two largest cities.
- Cafayate also in Argentina was probably our favourite small town recently, with its easy access to several vineyards, gorgeous weather and varied landscapes.
- Salta surprised us with its lovely colonial architecture, variety of pleasant cafés and restaurants and free things to do. We also met some nice people there, and would have stayed longer if we hadn’t run out of dollars!
- Sucre, Bolivia’s capital, won us over with its immaculate squares, cheap and delicious vegetarian food and colonial architecture. Had it not been for the dryness and altitude, we would have looked harder for a place to stay for the month there.
If you’ve been following this blog for more than five minutes, you’ll know that food is a central part of our travels. Bolivia really surprised us with its varied and vegetarian offerings, and we’ve really enjoyed the use of indigenous foods like quinoa and avocado in this region.
Travelling is really all about the people, not the places, and we’ve met a whole heap of great people in the last 100 days.
- We couchsurfed just twice in these last 100 days, both times in Córdoba, Argentina and had a relaxing time with both hosts. Thanks Geraldo and Fernando!
- There are also several other travellers we met along our way who we had great times with and would love to meet up with again. That’s you, Felipe and Paula, Karin (again!), Josie, Anna & Sophia, Floreyne, Sarah & Henry, Laura & Radek and Becca & Dale.
- We also met up with several locals in various places, either through Couchsurfing or through other friends. Thanks for the fun times, Lucas, Dani, Felipe, Álvaro and Jair!