Butterflies & the Bolivian Border

I’ve arrived in Bolivia! Here I was taking a *butterfly break with the backpack before hitchhiking to the Paraguayan border with Bolivia in Gran Chaco. This was one of the most difficult roads I’ve ever hitchhiked in terms of traffic, road quality, temperature and water availability – and it took four days! Luckily, it’s the mating season or something of these butterflies and there’s billions of them everywhere so you can take photos like these and cheer yourself up while one car passes every half hour. There was a two days difference between my Paraguayan exit stamp and my entrance to Bolivia and that obviously provoked some questions, so I just said I missed the bus two days in a row.. worked! The first town of size 100 km away over the border in Bolivia is called Villa Montes and is my base for scrubbing off that collected dirt and dust to continue hitchhiking towards the Andes mountain range. So far I’ve seen plenty of places selling coca leaves (yes, the ground product for cocaine) and people taking siestas because it’s just too damn hot. I’ll be doing the same until nightfall makes hunting for Bolivian delicacies doable. AdioZzzz

*No butterflies were harmed in the making of this photo.



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