Samaipata

Samaipata

After departing La Paz we traveled to Oruro where we spent a day and then on to Cochabamba where we spent another day before boarding a night bus headed to Santa Cruz.  Located in the vast lowlands of the Bolivian Oriente, Santa Cruz de la Sierra is Bolivia’s second largest city and prides itself on being more Brazilian than Bolivian.  From Santa Cruz we continued three hours along rough, unpaved roads before finally arriving the beautiful village of Samaipata.  Set in the wilderness surrounds of the Cordillera Oriental, Samaipata serves as the jumping off point for treks, wilderness hikes and the popular Ché Guevara route.  It’s also the perfect place to kick back, relax and shoot the breeze with fellow travelers, many of whom find themselves extending their stays over and over again.   

If you ever find yourself in town be sure to check out La Posada del Sol, a lovely bed and breakfast up on the hillside.  The owners Trent (originally from Texas) and Rosario are two of he nicest people we’ve met here in Bolivia.  The Posada is professionally run and impecably clean with excellent American style breakfasts, loads of local information and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere all at a price that fits into a backpacker’s budget.  If that’s not convincing enough, on our last day Trent and Rosario drove us out to the highway to catch our bus, helped us out with  information and contacts in Sucre (where we were headed) and sent us off with hugs and good wishes for a safe trip.  It’s not every day that you leave a place after two days feeling like part of the family!

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