30.3. 2014Zuzana Salz

PAN AMERICAN JOURNEY PART XXIII – BOLIVIA

Even though Bolivia is believed that it’s a poor country, you’ll find anything and everything her neighbors have…as well as things you won’t find anywhere else! Unforgettable La Paz - the highest capital in the world, Salar de Uyuni – the largest salt flat in the world and the famous Death Road – once the most dangerous road in the world.

Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca / Zuzana Salz

“Our gateway to Bolivia was through a small town Copacabana that sits on the world’s highest altitude lake, Lake Titicaca. We stayed a few days to re-coop from our Cusco incident in Peru. A trip out to Isla del Sol in the middle of lake Titicaca proved to be a good get-away! Unfortunately, there were no Indians floating around on ships made of straw…but that tourist trap is further on in the lake if we had wanted to pay some extra bolivianos.

Isla Del Sol

Isla del Sol / Zuzana Salz

The road to La Paz is atop the almost 4000m. altiplano, the same high altitude plain where lake Titicaca sits. At this height in Europe, you might possibly run into a mountaineer or a mountain goat! Here you’ll find fruit markets, mechanic shops, thousands of people, joggers, even superstores with witty slogans like “The lowest prices in the highest store in the world!” La Paz as a whole is stunning from a view point somewhere from the altiplano because the city lies in a canyon-like valley and is surrounded by snowy peaks.

Highest Capital in the world - La Paz - 4000m

La Paz / Zuzana Salz

Anyway, at this height every movement makes your pulse skyrocket, even if your just bending over to put your shoes on! Even our Van had some breathing issues at this altitude, so we had some minor technical quirks, but like us, the van finally acclimatized and we could rock and roll again!

Only the begining of the Famous Death Road

Death Road / Zuzana Salz

Not far from La Paz is Tiwanaku, the most popular archeological site in Bolivia. Right beside it is another site, not as well known but far more mysterious, is Puma Punku with the biggest megaliths that we ever saw. It is said that this site has more mystic energy than anywhere else (yes again, in the world!), yet the site is barely excavated.

Tiwanaku Heads

Tiwanaku heads / Zuzana Salz

Our trip continued to Salar de Uyuni, a vast and exotic salt flat made up of a million hexagons. We drove across the flats following tracks that made a so-called-highway and made a stop at Isla de Pescado. The entire island is covered with budding cactuses in the middle of a white and dry salty ocean. You can cut into the salt and make things out of it like igloos or picnic tables…so if your out on a picnic, it’s pretty easy to salt your lunch! :)

Solar De Uyuni - Salt Lumps

Salar de Uyuni / Zuzana Salz

Since it was the start of the rainy season in Bolivia, the bad weather decided for us to continue on down south. Patagonia is still a ways away and we need to get there before the snow starts flying which can be soon……on this side of the hemisphere!”

The Truth about our trip..

The truth about our trip.. / Zuzana Salz

Isla Del Sol

Isla del Sol / Zuzana Salz

Some Strike in La Paz

Some strike in La Paz / Zuzana Salz

Getting a shave for a $1

Getting shave for $1 / Zuzana Salz

Grafitti - La Paz

Grafitti – La Paz / Zuzana Salz

PumaPunkta

PumaPunkta / Zuzana Salz

Landscape outback

Landscape outback / Zuzana Salz

Curious Llama

Curious lama / Zuzana Salz

Volcano beside the Salar

Volcano beside the Salar / Zuzana Salz

Salar De Uyuni

Salar de Uyuni / Zuzana Salz

Isla de Pescado

Isla de Pescado / Zuzana Salz

Budding Cactus

Budding cactus / Zuzana Salz

Lunch on a Salt Table

Lunch on a salt table / Zuzana Salz

Picking up a tiny bit of Salt

Picking up a tiny bit of salt / Zuzana Salz

Crispy and Dry ol'Desert

Crispy and dry ol’desert / Zuzana Salz

Rugged Rock

Rugged rock / Zuzana Salz

Mushroom Rocks

Mushroom rocks / Zuzana Salz

Border Crossing between Bolivia and Chile - Ollague

Border crossing between Bolivia and Chile – Ollague / Zuzana Salz

 

 

 

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