|Ferry crossing of Lake Titicaca. That's our bus with all our luggage being pushed over on a wooden barge by a guy with an outboard motor.|
|Rufous Hornero, Cochabamba|
|unidentified hawk. Cochabamba|
|Andean Hillstar, Tunari National Park|
|Rufous-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Tunari National Park|
|White-necked Puffbird, Villa Tunari|
He was travelling with his Bolvian wife and two infant children. After tenderly comforting his two-year-old son, ‘Ludwig Jr.,’ he would go on to recount his drunken fight with the intelligence police in La Paz and how his mother had to fly down from the U.S. to pay off the judge and bail him out of jail. Just when I was beginning to think he was one of those compulsive liars who can’t distinguish between true life experiences and fantasy, he got a call from a client. Turns out he was running some sort of paralegal advice service through his phone.
Our departure had been farcical with the transportation company somehow having sold far more tickets than there were seats on the bus. When we first departed Villa Tunari the aisle was nearly full of other passengers, including several children, sitting on plastic stools. In the first several towns we made stops, ostensibly to shift passengers over to other buses with space, but these mainly led to arguments and long delays with people angrily being herded off the bus, only to return several minutes later. The other buses were also overbooked. In the end there were still quite a few people in the aisle, including one guy right next to me.
|Prolific sloth-watching is there to be had at the Santa Cruz Botanical Gardens. We saw three.|
|Guest House at Los Volcanes|
|Two-banded Warbler, the most ubiquitous bird at Los Volcanes|
|Plush-crested Jay, the second-most ubiquitous bird at Los Volcanes|
|a very soggy Burrowing Owl, Lomas de Arena|
|Campo Flickers, Lomas de Arena|
|Red-legged Seriema, Lomas de Arena|
Despite the hardships, Bolivia (and Los Volcanes) will forever hold a special place in our hearts since it is where we got engaged!