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Apr 2, 2009 - From Salta to the colourful third world. !BOLIVIA!

My time working at the farm in mendoza was shorter than i expected, only two weeks. Once the frenchies left, it was clear that i would be useless to them farm without other volunteers, so i decided to head north, 20 hours north by bus, to the city Salta. Salta is the most "south american" feeling city i visited in Argentina. The streets are frantic, the buildings are colonial and decaying, and the people look far more indigenous. This atmosphere was a great change for me. I have been looking forward to leaving the cultural mish mash of...

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Mar 27, 2008 - Another Border crossing from Argentina to Bolivia

26th March 2008 We waited for our 10:10am bus at the quaint little Humahuaca bus station, to take our 2-3 hour bus trip to La Quiaca, the most Northerly town in Argentina, to cross the border into Villazon, Bolivia. The buses over here seem to become more irregular, the further North you travel, so we weren´t at all surprised when our bus arrived some 50 minutes late. We weren´t to be disappointed with our allocated bus seats though, at the front of the bus, on the top level with acres of foot room and the perfect unobstructed panoramic...

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Apr 20, 2007 - Bolivia and the La Quiaca & Villazon boarder crossing

Maybe it was the stories we'd heard about this crossing or maybe it was because, fearful of not being able to buy these in Bolivia, we smuggled in two containers of Argentian Dulce de Leche (milk caramel spread) and two alfajores (incredibly tasty sweet biscuit) but we (Fi more than Dave) were somewhat apprehensive about the next stage of our travels. Thankfully, the crossing was a piece of cake, it went incredibly smooth. Essentially, it was a three hour bus journey from Humahuaca to La Quiaca where we then got a taxi to the border check,...

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Oct 30, 2006 - Villazon - Crossing the border

From Canada eh??? Well come on in! No trouble crossing the border...a mere 2 second glance at the ole passport and we were through! Ahhhh to be Canadian! So from Villazon you have to walk across to La Quiaca on the Argentina side. Accompanied by our new Swedish friend Pomtas we headed for the bus station to buy overnight tickets...on a suave Argentinan bus! We got tickets to Salta leaving at 11:30 pm....so plenty of time for dinner! For those of you who dont know...Argentina beef is second to Canada (they probably claim its better than good...

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FATH WORLD TOUR!

Jul 28, 2006 - The Road to Bolivia, Part 3 - Crossing the Border

From Salta we caught the bus up to La Quiaca on the border with Bolivia. The journey up was quite amazing, as we were heading up in to the Andes - it was good to see some hills after all of the flatness of the trip since Rio! We crossed the border to Villazon, Bolivia, on foot. This was slightly more difficult than it sounds because of the altitude - we were at roughly 3400m, so carrying around 20kg or so of rucksack was harder work than it sounds! Once we got over the border we had read that the train up to Uyuni, our final destination,...

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Geraint's World Trip

May 3, 2006 - Busstreik in Bolivien - beinahe gestrandet in Villazon

Ich hatte das Hotel vor Jeffrey verlassen, da ich ja wenn möglich einen frühen Bus nach Potosí hatte erwischen wollen. Jeffrey dagegen musste erst noch warten bis die Bank um neun öffnete, wo er sich das dringend benötigte Geld abholen wollte, welches er sich via Western Union hatte schicken lassen. Ihm war in Mendoza am Busterminal der Tagesrucksack mit Geld, Kreditkarten und Pass gestohlen worden… Der Grenzübergang von La Quiaca nach Villazón lief wie geschmiert. Ein älterer Mann, ein Bolivianer zeigte mir denn Weg zum Zollposten, wo ich...

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Apr 26, 2006 - Villazon, Bolivia

We left Rosario Tuesday afternoon, and a mere 22 hours later Carmin and I found ourselves back in Bolivia. Back at altitude, back in the cold, in the country of delays and setbacks where nothing goes your way, and away from everything tasty, warm, and beautiful that is Argentina. We were taking separate connecting overnight busses to different locations, but we both had a few hours to kill so we sat in a small cafe for a while, had some lunch, and met Duncan and Jason, 2 cool British boys also on their way north. Then Carmin left for La Paz...

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Mar 20, 2006 - Passage de la frontiere Argentine-Bolivie

C'est la fin de mon parcours en Argentine : nous partons vers la Bolivie. Le passage de la frontiere est un peu complique, bien plus qu' entre Chili et Argentine. Nous devons prendre un bus qui nous emmene jusqu'a La Quiaca, ou nous passons la nuit avant de traverser a pied la frontiere, pour nous retrouver a Villazon. D'un seul coup, tout change. Les gens portent des costumes traditionnels comme dans Tintin ! La pauvrete est frappante, c'est etonnant de voir le decalage entre les deux villes voisines. Et on se debat beaucoup plus pour...

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Dec 12, 2005 - Crossing from Bolivia to Argentina

Unfortunately it didn't all end when we got back to Uyuni. Like I said, I seem to have a knack for getting sick right before all the biggest travels of this trip. Although in some ways it could be lucky since I am not missing any good exploring time in cities or parks, but rather just bumming on busses for endless hours. So after the 9 hours it took to get back to Uyuni, we had just a few hours to kill, and then Ami, Griet, and I got on an overnight 9 hour train to take us to the border town of Villazon on the Bolivia side and La Quiaca on...

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Jan 7, 2005 - Adios Argentina

This afternoon, I crossed a butt ugly bridge between two competitvely butt ugly cities straddling the Argentinian/Bolivian border, thus bringing an end to my Argentine Adventure. From La Quiaca, Ushuaia is some 5121 km to the south and the variety of terrain in between is dizzying. Over nearly six weeks in this wonderful country, I've seen but the tip of the iceberg. The glaciars and jagged peaks of Patagonia in the south to the painter's pallette of color in the high Altiplano in the north, and punctuated with two wild weeks in Buenos...

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Oct 25, 2004 - Leaving Uyuni on the 3AM train...

Ellen: We finally had tickets to leave Uyuni for the border with Argentina. Not how we had planned to cross (supposed to go through Chile) but at least we were getting out! The agency was only able to get us third-class tickets on the second-class train so we were all dreading it. The four of us (us and Roland and Tracey) got a room in our hotel cheap for half the night, and tried to nap but really mostly chatted about how the trip was gonna suck but it was only a few hours longer than we bounced around in the jeep one day so we could...

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