That morning I woke up in Tacna (Peru). It was paradе of all children from all schools. And it was really nice to see all these Peruvian children marching with so big responsibility in their eyes. After one hour of walking around this city we stepped back to our car and started new day!
We knew that we want to cross two borders Peru-Chile and Chile-Bolivia and to wake up in Bolivian city Oruro.
So in a few hours we crossed the first border. It was not so difficult, just you should really care and not to bring coca leaves in any possible way (tea or just simple dry leaves) as in Chile is not so legal like it was in Peru. But the problem is that we started from the altitude 0m and at this moment it was already 3000m. 🙁
So we are in Chile! The nature is amazing. Wherever I was looking I saw smth unbelievable and completely unusual for my eyes! Thanks God we bought some food and water as it was nothing except nature. So how happy I was to see something that was looking like a house. And yes )) it was a house! A house of family of hermits. Wife, husband and child were super hospitable and cook for me few bottles of tea with some herbs and for sure coca leaves as at that moment I was already feeling myself so so and our front rout was even more up! After one hour we started to go! The nature was changing every km and I couldn’t allow myself to fell a sleep as I was so afraid to miss something!
It was already evening. The altitude from 0m was already around 5000m and we were still far away from the Bolivian border but the most important was to cross it before 00:00 as after they simply close it and people should wait till the morning in their cars but I even couldn’t think about it as I was almost dying. The sun disappeared and I remember how much I pushed myself to go out from the car and to make picture with the amazing pink sky and huge volcano on the back, after I couldn’t even move the hand!-it was altitude 6000m. The driver was flying to be on time as everybody were understanding what could be if we don’t cross the border!
23:40 we arrived. It was terrible border with fully armed people. Their face had the color of the ground. I remember that I should feel the form but my hands didn’t obey me and I couldn’t write. It was scary. Then I came back to the car and saw only how the driver was running to fix other documents. Few minutes to midnight we crossed the border and at least I knew that I will sleep in the bed and it will be less then 6000m altitude.
I don’t remember how many hours took us to reach Oruro city as I was laying down at the back of the car and just sometimes open my eyes to look to the light of the soldier at every post that was checking the car.
But we did our plan! We crossed two borders and woke up in Bolivia! Yuhuuu :)))
The parade of schoolchildren of the city!
House of Hermit!
My last picture before to cross the border Chile-Bolivia! Altitude 6000m! I was simply dying :)) but still alive!