The last 7 months in South America have been a blast – we’ve lived like porteños in Buenos Aires, hung out with penguins in Antarctica, hiked the wilds of Patagonia, marvelled at the Moai on Easter Island and explored the expanse and uniqueness of the Bolivian Salt Flats. But there comes a time when you feel it’s right to move on, and for us that time is now.
Our plan had been to continue on in Bolivia and Peru – but that would have meant more time in high altitudes, and due to the time of year we were visiting, more cold weather. Knowing that if we kept going, we wouldn’t appreciate our surroundings as much as we could and should be, we knew it was time for a change.
Not ready to head home just yet (there is more travel on the horizon for us), for now we’ve decided to treat ourselves to something of a holiday. And there’s nothing like a European summer holiday! To quote Cliff – ‘We’re going where the sun shines brightly, we’re going where the sea is blue’.
We found a super-cheap flight from Santa Cruz to Barcelona, and so this decided our last stop in South America and the first stop of our holiday. The thought of Spanish food and that fact we can continue with our Spanish just a little bit longer, making this an easy decision. From Barcelona we’re flying to our favourite country, Croatia, to spend 7 days laying on the beach and doing not much else. We then head to London to get some essentials and visit family, before the second leg of our travels (still in the planning stages – more on this to come).
From just booking the flights, we can feel our energy and excitement returning, and know we’ve made the right decision for us.
The hardest part is deciding where to go next!
Tropical Santa Cruz
We had just 2 days in Santa Crus before our flight to Barcelona and we spent most of that time online, trying to get everything sorted before we left and so didn’t see much of the town. Although there wasn’t that much to see.
This wasn’t quite the finale we imagined for our time in South America. We would have loved to fly out from Buenos Aires, so we could visit just one more time before leaving, but the cost was too high. And so we’re leaving quietly. We’re not thinking of it as an ending, as we know we’ll be back. One day.
When we visited: 2 nights early June 2014.
How we got here: 45 minute flight from Sucre. Special mention has to go to BoA airlines – the Bolivian government-run airline. Paying just $35 for the fight and based on our experience of Bolivian buses to date, we were expecting to fly in a crappy-old plane that looked like it might fall from the sky. Instead we had the best short-haul flight I think we’ve ever had. The plane was new and the service, food and seats were amazing. I’m not sure it’s environmentally correct to recommend plane travel around a country – but given the state of the buses and the diesel fumes they spill out, I’m actually not sure which would be the better way to go.
Food & Drink recommendations: We self-catered here as we didn’t find or read anywhere that took our fancy.
Where we stayed: Loro Loco Hostal. This place was OK but way below the standard we’d experienced so far in Bolivia. Our room was basic but clean. Most of this hostel is big-shared dorm rooms, so it was loud at night until the early hours.
We’d also like to introduce you to our roommate in Santa Cruz – this is Gloria.