Here we go !
Early morning on the first day, we meet Vicente, our guide and driver for the next six days. The car is fully loaded, and we set off through the narrow streets of Tupiza on our way out of town. The paved roads are soon replaced by more or less well-prepared dirt tracks.
The arid landscapes of the Bolivian high plateau unfold before us, and we catch our first glimpse of llamas and vicuñas. These two typical animals of the region are quite different in appearance and character. While the thick-furred, mainly domesticated llamas stand at the side of the road and watch us nonchalantly, the elegantly wild vicuñas quickly run away as we pass.
The atmosphere in the car, supported by Vicente’s playlist, is relaxed. Vicente is a real force to be reckoned with, and we know we are in very good and competent hands. Little by little, we learn more about our friendly guide. Trained as a mechanics and chauffeur-guide since almost 20 years, we enjoy all the anecdotes and stories he tells us, and the interesting information he passes on to us along the way.
At lunch, we meet Marco, our cook, who delights us right from the start with his delicious dishes. Also at the table are Annabelle and Alain, two friendly French tourists traveling in another La Torre Tours car. Over the next few days, we meet them several times, have a really good time and laugh a lot together.