As you may imagine, when traveling on a long-term basis you are consistently filling your days with incredible experiences and creating great new memories. Sometimes, however, you participate in an activity that is not only not enjoyable but downright horrible. This is the story of one such activity.
After visiting the Amazon, I can say pink river dolphins were cool, but they weren’t the main attraction. I’m not saying this to underplay fresh water dolphins (who knew they lived in rivers anyway?). Instead, I’d say that I’m blown away with how much there is the learn about this part of the world. Continue reading
After a few weeks of high altitude and cold weather, Tim convinced me that it was a good idea to go down to sea level to do a jungle tour, despite my fear of spiders and snakes. There are many options as starting points and we decided to try the closest one from Sucre, where we had been hanging out for the last few days. Our plan was simple, we’d take a bus to Santa Cruz, the largest city in Bolivia, and then from there we’d easily be able to figure it out. Easy, it was not. Continue reading
On our second day, we drove. Nearly every fifteen minutes there was a different postcard view in front of us. Surrounding the salt dessert were mountains and volcanoes, including some active ones. There was the odd vicuña along the side of the road. We saw herds of llama, and let’s not forget the stray dogs. The highlight on day two was the flamingos. I’m not sure why Continue reading
Billed as the quintessential tourist activity for most travellers going through Bolivia, the salt flats were about all we knew of Bolivia a couple months ago. Of course, after almost a month here we’ve seen and learned a whole lot, but the salt flats continue to be one of the highlights so far and here’s why.
Democracy is healthy in Bolivia. In virtually every city that we have visited there has been a protest. In the city of Trinidad, capital of Beni Department, folks were campaigning for basic services such as access to water for the poor.
I had been lobbying Helene to do a jungle tour for 30 days and it was only after we met Annie and Stephen when Helene agreed to go on the tour. You see, Annie and Helene both share the same phobia of spiders.
Luckily, we saw this little guy about an hour after and not before Helene agreed to accompany Annie on a jungle tour.
Bus driver With a Cheek Full of Bolivia’s National Leaf: Coca, a photo by tf_82 on Flickr.