We’ve arrived! During our various journeys here we encountered long bus journeys, delayed flights, storms and really delayed flights, but we’ve all made it here to the city of Santa Cruz. Unfortunately a friaje has arrived at the same time, a period of unseasonably cold and occasionally very wet weather that has us thinking maybe we haven’t left Glasgow at all. The lush green tropical plants and resident pair of Toco Toucans at our hostel help to reassure us that we have in fact made it, although we’ve still got some travelling before we make it to our final destination, the Reserva Barba Azul.

Chris and Eleanor make friends with the resident toucans.

Chris and Eleanor make friends with the resident toucans.

Having arrived by bus, travelling from Puno on the Peruvian side of the Peru-Bolivia I was able to watch the dramatic changes in landscape and as we moved through different ecosystems it was easy to see why the country holds  such high biodiversity. Entering Bolivia the bus first took us passed Lake Titicaca with it’s floating straw islands, through the mountainous region to La Paz and then finally down into the tropical region.

Crossing Lake Titicaca on the journey to Santa Cruz.

Crossing Lake Titicaca on the journey to Santa Cruz.

In Santa Cruz we’ve been practising our Spanish, organising final arrangements, and mainly trying to stay warm – don’t want to take any colds with us to the reserve. The next leg of our journey is a 9 hour bus to Trinidad, the closest large town to the reserve, and then well begin our time in the wilderness – that’s when the real fun begins!

– Laura

Cool street art in the main square of Santa Cruz.

Cool street art in the main square of Santa Cruz.