Category: Bolivia

Valle de la Luna

Just south of La Paz is Valle de la Luna, another alien landscape caused by erosion and time. We had an afternoon to kill waiting for a flight to take us out of Bolivia. So we visited a tour agency and said “we would like to go to Valle de la Luna please”. Forty minutes…

La Paz grows on you

Okay, so we’re kinda cheating by writing only one post about La Paz, since we were actually in the city about six times. We found that it’s a good (and neccesary) base for transport in all directions for the rest of our adventures in Bolivia, since we had no time/ interest in visiting the Eastern…

Stuck in Rurrenabaque

The remote town of Rurrenabaque, gateway to the Bolivian jungle, is notoriously difficult to get to. You can catch the bus. It weaves down from the altiplano and through the yungas region. Depending on the weather, the trip can take anywhere between 14 hours and 3 days, as rain turns the road to thick mud.…

The Amazon in Madidi

A few hours upstream from Rurrenabaque, our jungle adventures began. We read reviews and recommendations, and compared prices, then somehow came to decide upon Madidi Jungle Ecolodge. Zero regrets. We emailed the company to say that our flight to Rurrenabaque had been delayed, they met us off the transfer bus from the airport in the…

Coroico

While everyone else who biked the Death Road caught a bus right back to La Paz, we decided to check out the area. Oh, how I wish we had more time to spare! Coroico is a fantastic town. The road from the animal refuge to Coroico is just like the Death Road, narrow with a…

Death Road

Bolivia’s most infamous road, on a bicycle. The Yungas Road, or Death Road, weaves its way from the altiplano near La Paz down into Bolivia’s Yungas region. In 67km or so you lose 3600m in altitude. Despite being the only route to the jungle for 70 years, the road is a dirt track, barely a…

Walking around Uyuni

There’s nothing to do in Uyuni. Uyuni is a strange town. Set in Southern Bolivia surrounded by some of the most extreme landscapes in the world. It’s remote, dry and dusty, and gives you the feeling you are on the edge of civilisation. Uyuni is also the mandatory stopover for visitors to the Salar and…

Salar II: The Deep South

We awoke for an early breakfast before returning to the 4WDs. Day two of the Salar tour leaves the salt flat and ventures further south towards the border. The already bizarre landscape turns completely alien as the salt gives way to mountainous volcanoes. We drove for about 30 minutes or so along a sloppy, saline…

Salar de Uyuni

A trip to the deep south of Bolivia and to some of the most extreme landscapes I’ve ever seen. We went on a three day tour from Uyuni with Red Planet Expeditions. If you’re really pressed for time there are also one day tours, but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s just too much out there,…

Tiwanaku

All that remains of a culture that predates the Inca by a thousand years. Tiwanaku is the ruins of a great city, just 70 kilometres or so from La Paz, near the eastern banks of Lake Titicaca. It’s a good day trip to get out of town, so once again we found ourselves on a…

Copacabana for Easter

Copacabana, Bolivia, is a small seaside tourist town- except it’s on a lake. The horseshoe bay is a mix of sand and pebble with a flotilla of swan-shaped peddle boats awaiting passengers and dozens of boats moored in the bay. Most of the boats are 12 to 20 seater tourist transports, used for tours to…

Dia Del Mar

Bolivians can hold a grudge. Bolivia is a landlocked country, but this wasn’t always the case. They lost their strip of coastline to Chile after the Pacific War in 1883. That has never really sat right with Bolivia. Despite having tax free access to Chile’s ports, many Bolivians see the lack of sovereign access to…

Into Bolivia

Fun times at the border. We made it back from Uros and onto a bus bound for La Paz via Copacabana. The bus trip is best described as strange. After a couple of hours travelling we stopped at a cambio (money exchange lady) near the border to swap our Peruvian Soles for Bolivianos, then drove…