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Trip Report Bolivian bus ride from hell.

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An entertaining tale of trauma between Potosi and Sucre. The company was Trans Emperador. I am one of the participants but not the author.

You hear about crazy adventures people have, well now I have lived one too. OK, well all started fine, until we got to our first stop 3 hours in and I was desperate for the toilet! No toilets on board so i was glad of the stop. However, the little hut full of locals hudled round eating we were told no toilets! So three of us all ran round the back of a lorry and had to go au natural! Thank goodness it was pitch black. It then began chucking it down - just in time i thought. However, after a short time, the driver came on the bus and told us all (in spanish of course) that we had to all change buses to get to Potosi. So we all had toget up and all move our luggage onto another bus. No explanation but another 30-40 minutes added onto the journey time. We set off and it all seemed a bit weird as we were plunged into darkness witha huge huge storm outside! A. was convinced he was driving with no lights but I thought it couldnt be so and just tried to get some sleep. However, i kept waking up as the bus was stopping and starting. After about 50 minutes of this, some other tourists at the front of the bus started standing up and thats when I thought there might be a problem. I went to the front to find out what was going on and we found out that the alternater wasnt working on the bus and the driver had been driving in the pitch black with no lights! So so dangerous as Potosi is a mining town and there are loads of big trucks coming up and down the small, non lit, mountainess road that we were on! All the locals didnt even seem to care (some were sleeping )but the 10 or so tourists that were on the bus were obviously not happy about the driver continuing to drive like this! However, the driver just shut his door and ignored the tourists banging on his door to stop! Finally their tour guide made him stop. We wanted them to send another bus but we had no phone signal! It was freezing cold and raining outside! Finally they flagged down a passing car and he led us up the hill with his lights to get signal. As soon as we got there the car took off! Obviously didnt want to lead us all the way! Finally they got hold of the bus company and demanded they send another bus. Apparantly one was being dispatched and should be with us in a hour. The driver then tried to carry on!! We finally got him to stop and turn the engine off. We had to flash our torches out of the window when cars / trucks were coming to warn them we were there as we were sat in pich black! 3 hours later another bus turned up! Freezing and extremely tired (after having being up since 4.45am) we transferred to the next bus (nearly 2 hours later) and finally got to Postosi. Everywhere was shut so A. and I decided to go with M. and the other tourists to their hotel and hope they had room. M. also wasnt sure if she had a booking. Luckily they had one triple room left so the 3 of us were so happy to have a dry safe place to stay! It's actually a quite nice hotel and where I am now writing this. I feel so much better after a hot shower and a good nights sleep (well 5 hours sleep anyway!).

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