Friday, November 18, 2011

"Break for the Border" Shaunb's photos around Laguna Colorada, Bolivia (travel pics)

Preview of Shaunb's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow creator. Entry from: Laguna Colorada, Bolivia Entry Title: "Break for the Border" Entry: "After a good night´s rest there are no stragglers this morning and we even have time for tea before the Pamela Tur minibus arrives. It has seen better days, one of tyres is a little flat but we're soon loaded and ready to roll. Its a short drive to the town's custom post where we are to be officially stamped out of Chile. After formalities are completed, I'm leaving Chile for the second time in a month, we begin the climb on Ruta 27, a good quality two lane road, towards the Bolivian border at Hito Cajón. As we reach the pass we leave the metaled road, taking the unpaved B-243 the final few kilometres to the Bolivian border. Its shortly after 10am, we have covered 40km, gained a further 2200m elevation and been processed by the Bolivian border guards. Its beautifully bleak up here, and surprisingly cold despite the same clear blue sky that made San Pedro feel so pleasant a few hours ago. The customs are definitely no-frill, Michael O'Leary would love them. I am stamped into Bolivia with no problems. This is not the case for one of our number, Julie, who is traveling on a US passport. Despite protests in fluent Spanish she is asked to surrender this to the driver until we arrive in Uyuni where she can pay the visa fee of ...

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