After driving for several days a new landscape was waiting for our arrival – the Bolivian mountains
Just had to wait for the sheep and goats to cross the road, before we could drive the last kilometers to Bolivian border. Also the road from La Patria in Paraguay was brand new with no potholes all the way to the border to Bolivia. We thought, that it would take us all the morning just to get to the border, but after just one hour we where there. They are also building a new gas station with a small store a few kilometers before the border, it was just not finish. How much money did we spend in Paraguay? This time our expenses look different, check it out here: “Expenses in Paraguay (22 days of travel in a van)”
Not a lot of people at the border, and everything went very smooth. We have made it to Bolivia
After we have been driving through a very flat Paraguay, the landscape changed dramatically when we got to Bolivia. Its been a while since we have been in the mountains, and at that point we also knew, that we have been missing the mountains.
Check out the turn on the mountain side… and 5 minutes later Lance came around the same corner without any problems
It is Bolivia and we quickly learned, that we had to watch out for the animals on the road
We have only wild camped a few places in Paraguay, so after driving several hours we started to look of place to camp for the night. So how do you find a place to wild camp. One way is to ask at a gas station if you can park for the night, but we like the other way, finding a quiet spot in the nature. First we look at Maps.Me to see if there are any road following a river in hope of finding a picnic area, parking lot or a dead end road leading to the river were we can park. Another good thing to look for is National Parks. A river was leading through the small town, Puesto Uno so we decided to take the smaller road on the southern side of the river, but no good spot for staying overnight, 10-15 minutes later we would enter a green area marked on the Maps.Me as Parque Nacional Aguaragüe. Suddenly we spotted a small gravel road leading into the forest on our left side. After about 300 meters it just stopped, but with plenty of room for wild camping and turning around. We usually spend 30-60 minutes looking for a good place to wild camp and today we succeeded (the spot is on http://ioverlander.com/places/66380-hidden-clearing-in-the-woods).
The next morning started as usually (Esben going to the “bathroom”), and we used an hour to exercise
This road is highway 11 east of the town Tarija. A big part of it is not paved, but they are working on it, which means that we hit a 10-15 km construction zone, which was only open for traffic from 11am-1pm and during the night (7pm to 7 am). Oh and by the way “we are working on it” seems to be the motto of Bolivia.
“Hombres trabajando” = “Men at work”
Lance had been during great, and while Esben was flying with his drone, I had parked in one of the hairpin turns. Yes, Lance is the white small square just next to the hairpin turn. When we were ready to go, Lance could not start AGAIN! Oh no… I was really glad, that I had parked with the front pointing down hill, and I could bump-start him without any problems.
We were not far from Tarija, and decided to drive strait to one of the mechanics, that was on www.ioverlander.com. It was all about not turning of the engine! We got to the work shop, and it was a big place.
After talking to the boss, one of his employees got strait to work on the starter motor. Since this was the third time we had to get it fixed, we asked if we could buy a new starter motor. The boss told us, that they would only get a shitty copy brand from China, which they would not recommend. With that in mind, it would be way better just to fix the starter motor AGAIN.
Yes, he is just laying underneath Lance on the street
hey really know how to fix things here, because buying new spare parts is rarely an option
In the early afternoon Lance were able to start again, and we had time to explore the local cuisine at the market.