Well, it's time to leave La Paz. The tour left yesterday bound for Peru. I'd made tentative arrangements to meet up with the gang in Puno or Cusco. It was big hugs all around. We swap email addresses and say to keep in touch.
I enjoy my stay in La Paz with Maureen and John. I spend some time wandering around locally. I'm still suffering a bit with the altitude, but it's getting a bit easier now. I still have almost two weeks planned at high altitude in Peru, so I stay on the coca tea.
I spend some time researching what / where / how I travel next. I've become a bit accustomed to having everything organised by Tucan Travel. I decide to take a bus from La Paz to Puno. I'll spend a few days there, by Lake Titicaca and then take the train to Cusco.
I can't decide how long to stay – I
feel like shortening my time in Peru because of the altitude – I'll
have to see how I feel. The only definite date is 18th
October, I must leave Santiago, Chile to fly to New Zealand on that
date. My Oneworld Alliance air ticket is fully flexible, but they did
advise me that the Chile – NZ route is always full and it's
unlikely I could change the date.
I go to the bus station in La Paz – there's a direct bus to Puno which is across the border into Peru. I book a ticket in advance, it's the only direct bus – I need to be on it tomorrow at 7am.
Maureen, John and I have a very pleasant last evening together. I have a nice room at the hotel – I'm on a high floor with a nice view of the city. We get a take-away and the three of us settle into my room for the evening with the food and the last of our wine from Cafayate. Then it's time for the goodbyes – I'm away sharp in the morning. I'm really sorry to leave them – we've had such fun over the past three weeks. I promise to meet them at their home in London when I return next April or May.
It is a bit of a strange feeling – heading out on my own again. Maybe more so than when I left London. The first two weeks travelling in Rio and Buenos Aires were quite easy really – in terms of company. I'd stayed with or met hosts from 'Couchsurfing'. Now, I'm truly on my own – and in Peru of all places.
Still, I'm really looking forward to it....