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Caranavi, Bolivia

BOLIVIA | Tuesday, 11 August 2009 | Views [2599]

Costs pp: coll taxi down to Yolosita junction 5b, Truck to Caranavi 5b, matrimonial room (2ppl) at 'Alojamiento La Paz 1' 35b.

We headed down the hill to Yolosita where the main road from La Paz continues on to Caranavi and waited there for a bus. When one arrived it was full and we didn't like the idea of standing in the aisle for 3 hours so decided to wait some more when along came a truck with 'Caranavi' in the front windscreen. It was full of people from La Paz and we jumped in and spent the journey standing on wooden crates at the rear watching the scenery go by. We travelled along a valley on the inevitable narrow dirt road with 100 ft drop beside and trucks and buses coming the other way, it was a good trip.

Caranavi spreads itself along one bank of a river and is a good sized town. We were very happy to see when we arrived a man in the street selling 'raspados' shave ice with flavouring poured over, so we were in with a grin. Kent found a good room for us and we spent the rest of our day washing our clothes and hanging them to dry on the railings.

In the evening we walked thru town and ended up spending an hour or so in the 'Frial' - butchers shop talking to Leonardo and Josephine who own it. We discussed Bolivia and the world as far as we could with our halting spanish.

Next destination Yucumo.


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