The mines were so much better than I expected them to be, it was kinda like potholling in places but we had to go to the bigger mine cos me and another boy were to big for the small one, i now see why all the bolivians are so short especially around potosi. I got to have a go at mining and we got to play with dynamite as well it was a good but kinda strange experience as well i dont really think anyone should be allowed to buy dynamite like that but it was definately interesting and very powerful i,ve got a reaslly good video of it to show you when i get back. So after that exciting morning we went to the salt flats, stayed there oe night and started at sunrise the next day in our jeeps, that was the first of 4 days seeing sunrise i was so tired at the end of it. It was so different to what i imagined tho, i have some amazing pictures that im gonna try and get on in a few days but cos its so flat you can alter the perspective in the photos and make things seem bigger or smaller than you that arent normally i have a really good one of me sat on top of a beer can, amoungst others. The secind day spent here was lots of travelling around seeing volcanoes and massive lakes with hundreds of flamegos and then the last day we went to the edge of the aticama desert the driest place in the world its just amazing to see such contrast in climate and landscape in 3 days, that morning we had breakfast in a thermal bath watching sunrise and when we came out i left my shprst on the top of the car to dry, they didnt dry they froze within 20 mins thats how cold it got at night.
We then travelled to La Paz oivernight and basically slept most the first day there, i was so tired i did maage to go to the witches market in the afternoon which was funny. You could buy llama featuses and skeletons that apparenly they sacrifice to the devil but they smelt really bad.
The next day was a massive highlight of the trip, i cycled down a stetch of road less that 50 miles long less than 3 metres wide in places that is known as death road, it goes from almost 5000m high to 1100m at the bottom, its really famous in south america but completly terrifying at times, especially when you have lorrys driving towards you and you have cling to the edge with a 500m drop on the other side, i got the t shirt for completing it tho and the views along the way were stunning, cycling at 5000m tho is hard work and really cold and half 7 in the morning.
Im now in a place called Puno in Peru and have just spent the best part of 2 days travelling around lake titicaca staying in a locals house, her name was villmar (pronounced billmar) and i met her parents estaban and eustarkia they were all really nice and made me feel comfotable and it was a good chance to practice some spanish. They through us a peruvian style party with local dress and dancing and we got to see how they live and survive its was an interesting experince and in a beautiful place.
Im off to cusco tomorrow and then about tuesday i start hiking we cant do the inca trail but they gave us a more difficult one because we look young and fit, the altitude makes it so hard tho i really under estimated that before i got here. Hopefully we can get to machu pichu later in the trip tho because it opens on the first of April.