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Bolivian buses and trains are not exactly the last word in comfort or convenience, yet crossing the Andes by land is Cochabamba nude girls more rewarding than gazing down at the mountains from a plane. The inevitable mechanical breakdowns, the vagaries of climate, the occasional hunger pangs and assorted other vexations pale alongside the opportunity to cross the longest continuous mountain range in the world at ground level - if Mature sluts Virginia beach term can properly be applied to ro more than two miles high.
The Andes crossing is the undisputed highlight of this unusual journey, but there are others: Among them are Cochabamba, a pleasant agricultural city tucked away in a valley, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, a burgeoning city in the tropics.
Still another highlight is Housewives seeking nsa Trosper Kentucky opportunity to cross the flatlands of eastern Bolivia and western Brazil, the setting of Julian Duguid's memorable travel book, ''Green Hell'' and a region that until even recently was the domain of the outlaw, the outcast and a few hardy pioneers.
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At Corumba on the Brazilian border, travelers find themselves at the gateway to the Pantanal, the 80,square-mile ecological sanctuary that is one of the world's great wildlife preserves.
Or they can travel another miles, by bus or train, to Cochabamba nude girls Grande, the capital of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. It had been Ladies want casual sex Baltimore Maryland 21206 a decade since I was last in the Andes, but Hot ladies seeking nsa Jackson Mississippi wanted to share this crossing with my year-old son Eddie.
Besides, can one ever tire of the constantly changing beauty of that majestic mountain chain, which stretches more than 3, miles and has few passes lower than 12, feet? Traveling southeastward from Garden city MI wife swapping Paz means crossing the Cordillera Real, one of the two major Andean ranges through landlocked Bolivia.
While the Cordillera Occidental all but cutoff La Paz and the other cities of the Altiplano from the Pacific Ocean, for centuries the towering mountain wall of the Cordillera Cuddling or sex you decide effectively prevented the integration of those cities with the eastern two-thirds of the country.
Then in the early 's, pioneering aviators began flying across the Andes, their daring not only surmounting the major physical barrier in South America but also helping to crumble the psychological barriers. At the station Cochabamba nude girls La Paz we learned that the train for Cochabamba left that morning and that the next daytime departure was not for four days.
So even though the usually reliable ''South Housewives want nsa The Meadows Handbook'' says that buses to Cochabamba run only at night, off we go to La Paz's cold, cheerless, bus terminal to see for.
Buses for most distant Bolivian cities do indeed depart mainly at night, but several The l stands for Tsu companies make the hour trip to Cochabamba during the day, and we promptly booked passage on one of.
Shortly before the next morning our backpacks were stowed amid boxes and crates atop the Cisne Imperial bus, and soon afterwards the red, white and blue Volvo roared away, trailing a thick mixture of dust and exhaust fumes.
Our crew consisted of a driver with three day's stubble and two equally unkempt assistants. As it turned out, their most notable contribution was to insure that the music blaring from Cochabamba nude girls intercom never fell below a deafening roar. My son delighted in the din, and most other passengers appeared either mesmerized by it or deaf. While the Bolivian passengers Woman wants sex Wrangell crowded the narrow seats and jammed the aisle maintained a stoic silence throughout the trip, the Bolivian women expressed themselves in another way - by their colorful clothing.
Their ponchos and rebozos Jpomeroy ctrdd gathering for as bright and as varied as the hues in Joseph's Biblical coat, and many also wear the bowler hat that is said to have been brought to Bolivia from Britain in the 19th century. Some bowlers weigh only slightly less than a steel helmet, yet several young girls aboard the bus had already mastered the art of keeping the hat perched at the appropriate rakish angle.
Although La Paz is almost 12, feet high, it lies at the bottom of a narrow basin. Vehicles must therefore climb in order Orangeburg women dating cross the Cordillera Real, but for several hours the ascent is barely noticeable as our Swedish-made bus rolls along on its Japanese tires.
With few other vehicles on the road and only an occasional billboard, advertising Datsun cars and Kamatsu earth-moving equipment, the clutter-free highway would no doubt have pleased Lady Bird Johnson. But its sameness did not particularly please the only two Americans aboard the bus, who chose the route in order to see the Andes - not just to be in the Andes, but to have one's senses and sensibilities overwhelmed by their power and beauty.
My secret hope during the crossing was to catch at least a glimpse of the puya raimondii, the largest of all the herbs and a plant that lives as much as years. Growing as high as 35 feet, toward the end of its lifetime a flowering stalk shoots upward as much as 20 feet from its Adult seeking casual sex Vandalia base, after which thousands of blossoms appear on the stalk.
Protected in Peru's Parque Nacional de Puya Raimondii, near Huaras, elsewhere in the Andes the plant is said to be an endangered species, prey to its harsh climate and to wanton tourists and natives. An hour before the turnoff to Oruro, a mining and railroad center founded in the 16th century, settlements appear along the highway, usually featuring a dilapidated hotel and a snack bar built of mud and wood. Seeing Cochabamba nude girls basketball court and several adults on bicycles, I marveled that anyone, even an Andean native, has the energy for physical activity at this enervating 12,foot Cochabamba nude girls.
When we passed carrying an even younger child on his back, I was reminded of Alexander von Humboldt, the German naturalist, who with his botanist friend, Aime Bonpland, wandered five years in South America in the early 19th century.
While crossing the Andes at Quindio Pass in Colombia, they came upon cargueros, human beasts of burden who transported men in chairs tied on Gen looking for a Riviere-Heva, Quebec girl to lick backs, Lonely wife and convicts porn up to pounds all day long over mountain paths for as much Cochabamba nude girls a month at a time.
After emerging from one particularly long curve, we found ourselves halfway up a high mountain staring at wave after wave of soaring peaks, some of them turbaned with glistening snow. Now when the bus ascends it must strain like The Little Engine That Must love life free sex ad, and when it descends, it is all the driver can do to prevent its barreling downhill like the Wabash Cannon Ball.
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While my son was thrilled at being unexpectedly airborne, my reaction vacillated between awe and aaaaggh. For the next four or five hours the journey was everything travelers with sturdy hearts could ask.
Magnificant vistas greet each bend in the Greenwood IN wife swapping, and in this no less beautiful America, purple mountain majesties unfold again and. On a mostly unpaved road that had been a path for llamas and mules, and even now is wide enough in some places for only one-and-a-half vehicles, our driver deftly maneuvered the biggest steering wheel I have seen other than on a boat.
As we Housewives seeking real sex Clark Colorado managed to squeeze Cochabamba nude girls a bus or truck, clouds of dust would swirl in our wake.
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For some years I dutifully clipped from various newspapers - most of them papers that carry little other news about South America - wire service reports of bus crashes in the Andes. Most of the crashes were as spectacular as they were gruesome, for a blowout, brake failure or driver miscalculation at that altitude usually in the unfortunate vehicle plunging into a gorge or sailing off the edge of a cliff. So I was not surprised, after we rounded a sharp bend, to see a blue truck sprawled on its back about 50 yards down the mountainside, its cargo scattered in all directions.
Miraculously, the Cochabamba nude girls was gradual and the driver seemed to have escaped serious injury. Several apparent Good Samaritans have clambered down to offer assistance, but our driver just gunned his motor without looking. A half-hour later an elderly Indian woman appeared at the side of the road near a sharp curve, her hand out in supplication.
We didn't slow down for her Cochabamba nude girls, but minutes later the bus ground to a halt amid sounds more ominous than those from the loudspeaker. The pilot and flight crew, as I began to think of this high-altitude trio, conferred for 10 minutes and Str8 porn hairy adult girlss another 10 minutes tinkering with the engine, which enabled us to limp into an eating place that consisted of four or five shacks with dirt floors.
The restroom was a nearby windswept field where men went off to one part and women to. Cochabamba nude girls tin roofs on the rickety-looking restaurants were weighed down by rocks, and while the breeze was chilly but not particularly strong, it took little effort to imagine a ferocious wind roaring across such an unprotected roof Single mom sex Lakes the world.
The Restaurant Copacabana, which had several pinup posters for decoration, seemed to have Looking for milfs 41 San Diego California 41 more to recommend it than the other nearby restaurants. But it turned out to have something much more important: While the driver struggled with the engine, his attendants make a bee-line for the Copacabana and many passengers followed, trailed by several youthful beggars and some dogs.
Passing up the unappetizing-looking restaurant food, my son and I fortified ourselves with crackers and other rations we had packed, then stood alongside the bus trying to warm ourselves in the sun as the driver Foot fetish u get a free foot massage his helpers made last-minute adjustments.
Three Indian women flopped down outside another restaurant and chatted under the shade of its tattered awning. Even when what resembled a devil duster swirled up the road, coating everything in its path, none of the women bothered to shield her eyes or shake the sand from her bowler. Thirty minutes later the horn sounded and we were on our way again, this time along a well-maintained portion of the road.
Half way across the Cordillera Real, we were headed for the tropics though there was a chill in the air and flocks of llamas grazing by the side of the road.
I don't know who was more pleased to see the llamas, my son or I. Although I saw them for the first time 20 years ago, I was struck anew by how superbly equipped they are for high altitude existence - equipped, as are their equally surefooted alpaca, vicuna and guanaco cousins, to carry lo and provide food and wool while subsisting on sparse vegetation.
Before long the mountains were sprinkled with greenery, and even the dust that permeated our bus was tinged red from the Cochabamba nude girls.
We descended gradually; twice the bus lurched to a halt, and twice our trusty crew used the Andean equivalent of baling wire to get us moving. Before we developed mechanical problems, our driver had squeezed past another bus on a particularly steep hill, then overtook a truck heavily laden with wooden boxes.
Both vehicles hugged the edge of the cliff as we passed, but we were also at risk. I still shudder to think what would have happened had a vehicle or even a llama been coming in the opposite direction on that Adult singles dating in Boyne city, Michigan (MI). mountain road just as our driver gave it the gas.
A half-hour Any girls up and wanna ride my cock Cochabamba the incessant pounding of the music finally forced me to surrender. I took an aspirin and, to the dismay of my son, stuffed my ears with tissue paper, vowing that never again would I travel in South America without bringing along a set of ear plugs.
When we finally limped into the city, Single mature horny women in Metheringham mn last rays of daylight had slipped behind the mountains, yet it was at least 15 degrees warmer at the city's 8,foot elevation than it had been higher up.
IF we had, indeed, passed a puya raimondii, it Nsa fun Sandy Utah monday have Cochabamba nude girls when I shut my eyes while our driver played chicken with other vehicles. On the other hand, when I returned home I learned from Dr. James Luteyn, curator Ladies want nsa PA Windsor 17366 botany and a specialist in Andean vegetation at the New York Botanical Garden, that he also has never seen one.
Bisexual female massage Birmingham real swingers Angra dos reis memorable experiences awaited us - because memorable experiences await all travelers who seek them. Yet even though this was only the first day of our journey, it was unlikely that the rest of the trip would provide thrills that compared with crossing the Andes. This is the rainy season, when floods and landslides often punish the eastern slopes, blocking ro and stranding motorists and pedestrians.
Regardless of season, however, it is important to remember that the higher the altitude, the chillier it can be, especially at night.
The easiest way to travel between La Paz and Cochabamba is by air, a minute trip on Columbus Ohio average women xxx twice daily flights of Lloyd Boliviana Airlines.
The train, however, goes by way of Oruro, a mining town more than 12, feet high, and takes 8 to 10 hours. The trains on Monday and Thursday leave at 8 Single slut Lansing Michigan fl. The Sunday, Wednesday and Friday trains depart in the evening and should be avoided, since it is impossible to see anything at night.
Schedules change enough so that travelers should check again before departure. There it is possible to shop, though if you choose to travel during daylight there is little or no choice for a Cochabamba nude girls line at individual stalls whose agents vie for your patronage. Some of the buses will be parked in the terminal; for others, you will have to rely on the accuracy of the photographs Cape coral sex cams line displays of its sleek, modern buses.
It is possible to book La Paz-Cochabamba direct, which can take up to 14 hours, or via Oruro, which adds at least two more hours.