Bolivia blows us away!

THIS is life!

Second time around, Bolivia was as beautiful as the first, when I first visited it in 1999. Still rustic, still raw, still very beautiful! It truly does have some of the most spectacular scenery on this earth. We had such an amazing time, so much so that that I had no time to write, or at least I did not make the time … way too busy enjoying ourselves!  So, in the next couple of blogs I hope that I can delight you with some brilliant pictures that will tell the story that my fingers have not had the time to type.

We crossed the border from Argentina into Bolivia at Villazon, and made our way directly to Tupiza, only a couple of hours up north. Wow, amazing how a border can make such a difference.  This is Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) country! At 3160 metres above sea level, it’s pretty high … having said that we spent a lot of our time in Bolivia in high altitude … where the breathing’s tough, but the views spectacular!

Tranquil, relaxed Tupiza provided us with some great market experiences, relaxing walks, new friends and the organisation of our four day trip through the Salares de Uyuni (Salt Flats of Uyuni) and the Reserva Nacional de Fauna Andina Eduardo Avaroa, through Valle Hermoso where we both stayed as well as organised our tour. I can highly recommend both the lodging and the tour. Starting in Tupiza we would finish up in the town of Uyuni. Along with Mathilde (France), Andrew(Australia) and DaniloFunks (our Swiss rapper!) we set off on the journey of a life time.

We’re on the road to somewhere … come on inside!

It’s all about Evo, Villazon.
Tupiza life.
Daily life in Tupiza.

With its raw energy and constantly high altitudes, Bolivia is not for everyone but we were rewarded at every hair-pin turn, every nook and cranny … Bolivia, scenery wise, you are the jewel in the crown! On our Uyuni tour, we spent all of our time above 3000 metres above sea level, even reaching close to 5000 at times. The wow factor was a constant!

Tupiza, Bolivia.

Tupiza.

Street art, Villazon.

Potatoes in their many varieties, Tupiza.

Orange juice with our favourite French gal, Mathilde.

Definitely good fruit in Bolivia.

Great views from Cerro Corazon de Jesus, Tupiza.

Not everyone’s life is easy, Tupiza.

Chillin’, Tupiza.

Tupiza.

And so we were off!

And the journey begins … 

The beginning of four days of fun and adventure.

We’re on the road to somewhere … come on inside!

Green Lake (Laguna Verde)

Laguna Colorada, and the gorgeous flamingos.

Guanacos.

Incahuasi Island surges out of a sea of salt.

Just passing through a small village.

   

Four days of a string of magic moments; lakes of every colour and description, geysers, hot springs, spectacular sunrises, blow-your-socks-off sunsets, seas of salt, islands rising out of the salt rather than the sea, warm nights in cold places, cold nights in even colder places, wildlife particular to the area.

Llamas.

Always make time to have a laugh!

Flat tyre on route …

Vizcacha … odd little thing!

It’s a big, wide world out there.

Laguna Colorada.

Random!  How technology has changed our world.

Laguna Colorada.

Dali’s rocks … Eduardo Alvaroa National Park.

Uyuni Ninjas … with Andrew.

Dan, Andrew and Mathilde … awesome travel mates!

The Travellers at Uyuni 

Long live Ecuador!

Hotel made of salt.

Uyuni Salt Flats.

This is the life!

A little bit of vegemite … please!

Danilo funks … oops, jumps!

The Salt Flats; nature doing its thing.
Laguna Colorada … where alpacas and flamingos meet.

Laguna Colorada.

Geysers.

The bubbling geysers.

Cold weather, hot springs!

Llama stand off.

Life in a cold, remote village.

It was altitude all the way in most of Bolivia.

Ghost Town (Pueblo Fantasma).

And finally … back in Uyuni!

And ‘Asi es la Vida!’ (Such is Life!) … my friends!
Bye, bye Uyuni, our next Bolivian adventure awaits us!
This was only the beginning of seven spectacular weeks in Bolivia! The pictures speak louder than my words ever could … and that is most certainly saying something!
Ombi
Next: Potosi and Sucre.
“You don’t travel to escape from life. You travel so that life does not escape you.”

“No se viaja para escapar de la vida. Se viaja para que la vida no se escape.”