G/Kreturntosouthamerica2011 travel blog

The Moorish Cathedral in Copacabana

buying flowers to perpare Paco for a blessing

Putting flowers on Paco

Blessing Paco with Jason/Angela/and Bodie(fellow westy overlanders)

Meat being delivered to the butcher at the Market in Copacabana

Blessing Jason/Angela/Bodie van along Lake Titicaca

Our lake side camp on Titicaca

A Water spout on Titicaca from out Camp on the lake

The beach at Copacabana

The Priest blessing other cars at the Cathedral

The ferry at Taquina

Getting off the ferry on the other side of Titicaca from Taquina

Oberlander hotel just outside of La Paz

Valley of the Moon, a short walk from the Oberlander

Valley of the Moon

Swiss couple Claus and Mariann, with their 4x4 deisel Fiat Campervan

Another Swiss couple Oberlanding with their 4x4 Toyota diesel camper Felix and...

Repairing Paco at an roadside overnight spot on the highway to Potosi/Sucre

Native dress at Tarabuco, Bolivia

Textile at Tarabuco

Men's hats at Tarabuco

A commemorative statue celebrating aTarabuco victory with Pizarros brother in the late...

Female head gear in Tarabuco

Streetside cafe, beef/or chicken stew with veggies

Great Chicken-yes it was risky but we survived

the sign into Tarabuco

The beautiful patio inside the courtyard of Pachamama Hostel

the Gate into Pachamama Hostel

Our lakeside camp at Uru Uru lookig for the Andean Flamingo

highway from Patacamaya to the Chilean/Bolivian boarder at Charanya

very old funeral towers along the way,

Yes these are human bones, no one messes with these 1,000 year...

Lunch in Paco along the way

a very old chapel, the sistine Chapel of the Andes along the...

This chapel is over 400 years old

It is surprizing that it could last for so long in the...

In Sajama national Park, we got 6 inches of snow

We were off road, and no site of our path could be...

I put on chains and we walked on the path to finally...

If it had kept snowing we would have been there a long...

Parked Paco in a safe spot, clear of snow, and then headed...

The second night near Sajama National Park, Pass to Chile was closed...

It was cold that night, it took almost 4 hours to start...

Volcan Sajama

A small lake near Tambo Quemada, camp with many LLama and vicunia

Waiting to start Paco as it warmed up, the lake was frozen...

Volcan Sajama again in better light

Crossing into Chile after a long day at the boarder crossing, this...

The Chilen Sister volcanp to Sajama, on the highest lake in the...

Lauca National park with the Volcano and the Lake

Our Beach Camp at Arica

Finally in Arica, Chile, on the Pacific Coast of the Atacama desert....

Helping Carlos our mechanic, change spark plugs

All elbows and ??????? adjusting the air/fuel mixture getting ready to go...

The overlook of Arica, the beach on the upper part is where...

Calama,Casas de Valle camp on the way to San Pedro De Atacama,

The Full moon from Pozo 3 camp at San Pedro de Atacama

The small little chapel in San Pedro, the ceiling was made from...

Salt lake on the Largest Salt pan in Chile

The salt crystals formed along the lake as it begins to dry...

Paco on the Salt lake for swimming and our first sighting of...

Karla couldn't quite do the Swim, it was cold

Lunch along a beautiful Canyon that went into the larger of the...

The Salt crystal like Death Valley's Devils Golf course in a Flamingo...

Flamingos on the Salado, we found all three famingo species on this...

A Chilean flamingo, its pink tail and red knees are characteristic

We camped at the city Parking lot in San Pedro

The high road to the gyser basin north of San Pedro, 14,000...

Clear nights make it really cold, freezing the lakes and seeing the...

The gysers were hot and beautiful, but not like yellowstone

The colors were brilliant, at 14000+ feet

I didn't do too much walking around at this elevation

Finally a gyser broke loose

Another gyser, just settling down

Karla in a hot pool at this elevation

Just to show you that it was high elevation 14,044 ft. YIKES...

Wild Vicunia just out of the Gyser basin

Another Camp along another Andean River, Rio Salado, flowing into the Atacama...

The oldest church in Chile, 450 years, in Chui Chui

The roof again is made of Suargo(like) Cactus wood

Another statue of the Chilean Liberator O'Higgins in the Abandoned city of...

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I am typing with an on sceen keyboard. so this will be short. In Bolivia, we were at 12,000 ft. for the entire time there. Paco did ok,we managed. We visited, Copacabana-almost getting Paco BLESSED,La Paz, Potosi-highest city in world at 13,000+, Sucre-the most beautiful city in Bolivia, finally a native market of Tombuca-good food and textiles. Then wwe crossed the Andes after a couple of days waiting for the snow to melt on the 15,000 ft pass into Chile. At that point we were done with freezing nights, so we headed to arica on the coast. Spent time getting new spark plugs, and fuel filter so we could start paco at high elevation.

This got us ready to go to San Pedro de Atacama an the surrounding sight, salt flats with flamingos, salt pools, lunar like land scape,the world's largest copper mine, and some thermal hot spring at 14,000 ft, unusual geogliphs, and finally Chile's oldest church. After all that cold and high elevation we came down to highway 1 for a few days of beaches before we delivered Paco to the shipping company. Then we find out there was dock worker's strike, with no end in sight. So,we left Paco in a garage,to be stuffed in a container when the strike ends..

So,let the photos tell the story of our last month in South America ,my dream trip come true. Thanks to all those we met along the way. Special thanks to my travel companions that helped to make it happen John /Sharon. And a Thank you to toughest wife in the world,my beloved KARLA.

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