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We knew that we’d be spending a while in Salta from the minute we drove in to town.  Which is pretty odd on our part considering that is was dark, rainy & chilly when we arrived.  But, there was just something about Salta that made us want to stay for a bit.

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Overall, the weather was nice & humid, which we LOVE!

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The views are absolutely breathtaking!

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The food is awesome!

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The street art is diverse, eye-catching & unique!

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We haven’t gotten sick!

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Every city has some quirks that come with the territory & we definitely had a hard time with a few of these things in Salta.

The daily pace: it sounds like this may be an Argentinian thing, but do to a late & LONG siesta, the people party super late into the early (late?) morning hours.  Siesta starts around 2:00 PM & lasts until 6:00/7:00(ish) PM.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that locals (& travelers alike) are getting ready to go out at 2:00 AM!  If you get in at 4:30 in the monring, you’re the party pooper!

Argentinian Spanish: this is another one of those random things that we didn’t think to research, because we assumed that all South American countries (not including Portuguese speaking Brazil) spoke the same type of Spanish!  For the most part, we were both doing pretty well in terms of basic communication in Bolivia. However, it’s a whole other ballgame in Argentina & I can’t even carry on a basic conversation without asking the locals to repeat themselves.  While the people are patient with my Spanish, it has been quite a challenge!

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All in all, we spent 15 days in Salta and it is the first city that we’ve actually considered a potential place we could call home.  I’m sure there will be other destinations that give it a run for it’s money, but Salta was a great introduction to Argentina!

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Today we had plans to hike up the biggest hill in Salta, Argentina with a couple from France.  However, seeing as how it is pouring rain outside, we figured today would be a good day to write a post summing up our time in Bolivia.

La Paz

La Paz

Unfortunately, our time in Bolivia was marred by some lost days and hospital stays due to my weak stomach. Our first two days in La Paz were spent in bed sick with altitude sickness and involved a trip at 4 AM to the doctor’s office. Only a few days after feeling better, I tore a muscle in my shoulder & had some more stomach troubles which involved 3 trips to the doctor and finally a day + stay in the hospital. After a couple weeks of feeling great, we ended up with a trip to the hospital and a 2 day stay in there due to my troublesome stomach yet again! Although all the medical costs that we incurred were much, much less than they would have been in the States, they still have thrown our trip budget out of whack.

Hospital in La Paz

Hospital in La Paz

All in all we felt that Bolivia was a very nice place to visit, but we can both pretty easily say that we wouldn’t want to live there. Under the leadership of Evo Morales, Bolivia has made some strides of becoming more independent and developing it’s economy, but, nevertheless, it still remains a third world country. The people, for the most part, were very friendly and quite patient with our broken Spanish. Outside of fellow traveler’s, we only ran into 5 or 6 locals that actually spoke English, 2 of those being doctors.

Favorite restaurant in La Paz (Lisa & the owner, who spoke some English)

Favorite restaurant in La Paz (Lisa & the owner, who spoke some English)

Although the medical care was very cheap, it wasn’t as good as it should have been. We knew that going into the trip and, unfortunately, we got a chance to experience the deficiencies first hand. The hospital we were at in Santa Cruz didn’t do a single test to see what was really wrong with me. The doctor pushed hard on my aching stomach and had me stick out my tounge to come to the diagnosis of a stomach infection. He was probably correct in this assumption, but without tests how could he really be sure?

One of the best views of La Paz was in Corey's hospital room

One of the best views of La Paz was in Corey’s hospital room

In general, the food in Bolivia was pretty good. There are a lot of small restaurants/cafes/stands that serve local food and many bigger restaurants that had a more Americanized menu. Although the food was normally very tasty, we have yet to meet a traveler who didn’t get sick from the food or water in there.  We actually found mold in our sandwiches at a cafe in Santa Cruz!  Traveler’s Stomach is a pretty normal condition, but it seems to happen more frequently to travelers in Bolivia than in other South American countries.

Tasty pizza in La Paz

Tasty pizza in La Paz

BEST meal in Bolivia!

BEST meal in Bolivia! (Lorca in Santa Cruz)

As I mentioned previously, the economy and infrastructure, although improved, are still quite a bit behind compared to other Latin American countries. I don’t think we truly knew how far behind Bolivia was until we crossed the border. In Argentina, we immediately saw large-scale farming and metal, electrical and telephone poles.  In Bolivia, it was mostly sustenance farming and the electrical and telephone poles were just straight(ish) tree trunks. Bolivia also seems to still be pretty reliant on foreign imports.

Waterfall outside of Samaipata

Waterfall outside of Samaipata

Despite some short falls, Bolivia was still a very nice place to visit. We will never forget some of the things that we saw and the people that we meet. It was unfortunate that health problems kind of sullied a bit of our experience, but nonetheless, when healthy we had a great time meeting fellow travelers and trying to soak up as much of the La Paz & Santa Cruz as we could.

Our last night in Santa Cruz

Our last night in Santa Cruz

And, after everything there, we really are looking forward to our return to Bolivia to see the salt flats in Uyuni!

 

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