The last 70 kms (42 miles) to the border were also not easy. There was a lot of wind, which (of course) came from the wrong direction; right from the front. The wind probable didn’t want us to go to Bolivia and wanted to keep us in Argentina. But we made it.

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Almost Bolivia

After another well deserved day of rest in Tilcara, it was time for the final stage to the Bolivian border. The first 65 kms (40 miles) were all uphill and therefor hard. We arrived in the town of Abra Pampa, the last larger town before the bordertown of La Quiaca. From here it’s another 70 kms (42 miles) to the border, so we hope to cross it tomorrow.


We spent 2 days in Salta. The first one to get the administration updated, do the laundry and relax and the second one to visit the city center. We could take a bus from the campground to the city center, so that was easy. We didn’t think the city was very special, it’s a city like many others but one with a nice church. But we’re not city people. We did have a nice lunch at the main square. Continue reading

Paso de Jama

After 5 days in San Pedro and a total of almost 3 weeks of doing (almost) nothing, it was time to start the very hard trip to and over the Paso de Jama to Argentina. The Paso de Jama is the bordercrossing between both countries, but to get there you have to cross 2 passes of over 4800 m (14.500 ft). Just as high as the Mont Blanc in France… Continue reading

San Pedro de Atacama

After 2 weeks of doing nothing and 1,5 great week at Jan and Antonia’s, it was time to say goodbye and go on. We had booked a bustrip to Calama, a trip that would take about 22 hours. From there we had to take another bus to San Pedro de Atacama. Because it was such a long journey, we had booked the most luxurious seats they had, seats you can turn into a bed. Just like 1st class on a plane. Continue reading