22.05.2006 15 °C
Because of my tight schedule, my journey had prompted me to torture myself with long distance buses from one town to another within the last two weeks. Below is an account of my 95 hours of bus adventure:
Salta to Puerto Igauzu (Argentina) - 25 comfortable hours with cool movies and bingo
Puerto Igauzu to Tucuman (Argentina) - 21 semi-comfortable hours
Tucuman to Salta (Argentina) - 4 night hours with drunk thief next to me trying to strike conversation
Salta to La Quinica (Argentina) - 7 freezing overnight hours
Villazon to Potosi (Bolivia) - 10 torturing, bumpy, smelly hours with 30 other locals and indigenous women crapped in a local bus. Temperature rose at least 15 degree in a few hours.
Potosi to Sucre (Bolivia) - 2.5 hours in taxi with a great American guy, finally someone who can have great conversations with.
Sucre to Potosi (Bolivia) - 2.5 early hours in taxi with 2 women with babies and one local taking up half the back. After bombarded by a bee-like crowd of women at the taxi terminal grapping and snatching to get me into their company taxi.
Sucre to La Paz (Bolivia) - another 10 freezing hours next to an overweight man snoring non-stop like a personal orchestra performing for the head of states.
La Paz to Copacabana (Bolivia) - 4 hours sitting in the very back of the bus with 20 other israelis talking loud and laughing non-stop throughout the journey.
Capacabana to Puno (Peru) - 3 hours of finally normal bus ride, only the annoying guide trying to persuade everyone to stay in the hostel so he can get the commission.
Puno to Arequipa (Peru) - 6 unconscious hours with way too many people trying to sell you food at the stops.