Bolivia Off The Beaten Path

  • "Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico
    by cardelea
  • "Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico
    by cardelea
  • lonely town
    lonely town
    by davidjo

Bolivia Off The Beaten Path

  • "Death" Road from La Paz to Corroico

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    If you are looking for the best experience of the Death Road at an accessible price then the Xtreme Downhill agency on Calle Sagarnaga in La Paz is the place to go. They offer the best quality bikes in Bolivia and the trip is all inclusive: all gear, all meals, a quality guide, and access to a hot shower and swimming pool at the end of the trip in...

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  • Nearer and farer Surroundings

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    Chacaltaya mountain around 5400 m, 1-2 hrs drive from la paz. They say it was a bolivian skiing RESORT. I was skiing there 2 years ago. There was not too much of it beacuse even during the season ( Feb- April ) there is almost no snow - i would say two 100m sheets of snow divided with rocks. The lift doesn't work so it is pretty painfull to climb...

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  • Museums

    La Paz Off The Beaten Path

    this museum offers plenty of picstures of the oldest days of la paz. also, dresses from the folkloric dances that there are in this area. it`s such a great museum that you may visit it. Este museo ofrece muchas cuadros de los dias pasados de la paz. tambien, vestimentas de las danzas folkloricas que hay es esta region.

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  • DISCOVER THE VILLAGES

    We took the road that comes up from Arica in Chile, where you can turn off and end up in small villages that have not seen tourists and are pretty basic, wonderful photographic opportunities.

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  • The Swedish Apolobamba...

    The Swedish Apolobamba Expedition 2001.Climbing new peaks in a remote area in Bolivia.Read the full story atRead the story at www.apolobamba2001.com

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  • Potosi, it's not just a mining village.

    Potosi is best known as silver mining empire of yore and you can still do adventurous tours of them, but the wealth of its mining days is evident in the beautiful architecture, well worth visiting in its own right.

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  • Cementerio de Trenes, Uyuni

    Uyuni's Cementerio de Trenes, or train graveyard, presents you with the surreal sight of a collection of rusting, old, steam locomotives dumped in the middle of nowhere. One of the trains is still riddled with the bullet holes left by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when they held it up.I guess it's not too far off the beaten track as it's only...

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  • on the way

    to the Yungas...heart stopping stuff, when you drive a rental make sure it is a 4X4 and be aware everything is in good working orderbut of course travelling by Minibus and other Travellers is more fun anyway.in many places the road has been carved out of the Mountain and passes sometimes under a waterfall and when a truck passes, the abyss stares...

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  • The Most Beautiful Sweaters

    There is a wonderful little store called 'Fortrama.' It is (or was) a women's cooperative making absolutely gorgeous sweaters. Not the typical tourist-quality alpaca, but sweaters with lush, rich colors, beautifully designed and crafted. Moreover, by shopping at the store you ensure that the proceeds go directly to the women who crafted the...

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  • Ranch in the Savanna

    One of the activities on the Mamore River cruise was a horseback ride on the Bolivian savanna. After about a 30 minute ride, we came to a working ranch. The tile roofed ranch house seemed deserted, but there was a family living in the thatched roof house and taking care of things. They were working in the garden and had to chase the pet rhea away...

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  • Laja - The Original La Paz

    The village of Laja is 38 km west of La Paz on the road from El Alto to Tiahuanaco. It is the original location of La Paz. Captain Alonzo de Mendoza was told to found a city no later than 20 Oct 1548. This was where he chose. The original name was Laxa. When gold was found in the Choqueyapu valley, the city was moved there. Besides the weather was...

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  • THE HIGHEST PLACE AROUND LA PAZ

    CHACALTAYA (5300m), the highest Ski run in the world. It is 36km. Away from La Paz by a dirt Road. During the trip is possible to see the Huayna Potosi Mountain, lots of Volcanic Rocks. At first we get at the refuge of the Bolivian Andean Club(5260m.), then walking up around half an hour reaching the top at(5385m.)

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  • GETTING AN EXCURSION TO THE SUN ISLAND

    Excursions: THE SUN ISLAND, is the biggest island in the lake Titikaka. Also is famous of the legend that from there appeared the first couple of Incas. (Manco kapac and Mama Ocllo). Around there, visit interesting ruins, such as Pilkokaina, the Inca´s Stairs, the fountain of the incas in the south side, and the north side are Chinkana, the Step of...

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  • One place. Here.

    One place. Here. Uniqueness is something that always attracts journeymen and the human spirit. Salar de Uyuni is such a place. On nowhere else on earth are the clouds and the tierra so much in love, that they become one. When the sun sparkle and the two merge, you know you are witnessing something quite special. Only here.

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  • Colours, Winds and Playgrounds.

    Colours, Winds and Playgrounds. Lying on such a grand scale, this must have been a playground for the Gods. The southern stretch of wilderness from Uyuni to the Chilean border is a place where the world is still being created. Lava flows, mineral deposits and vast plains give you back something you have been looking for. Perspective on a grand...

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  • There's a Magical Island.

    There's a Magical Island. But whisper it quietly for it will surely dissappear. On the magnificent and fabled lake of Titicaca, is an island so tranquil, that even the Incas believed it was their birthplace. The Island of the Sun is serenity. Stone pathways wind through wind rustled groves, while the sun bakes the earth. Shepherds transcend the...

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  • An age of the Innocents.

    An age of the Innocents. The peepers are everywhere. Behind the paintflaking door or around the crumbling adobe wall, peepers are watching. Mostly its the curiousity of innocence at work of wee kids or old women. But theres something telling in those eyes. They give away their secrets when you look closer. Troubled pasts and uncertain futures.

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  • Time isn't sure what to do with Bolivia.

    Time isn't sure what to do with Bolivia. So it does nothing. Building fall asleep in the sun, animals dont move and days sweep past without thought. Look around. Often the quite long days provide a window into ancient days. The 1600s its seems were just yesterday. Weren't they?

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  • Sud Lipez ... LAGUNA COLORADA

    Il y a beaucoup de lagunes dans les deserts du sud Lipez, pour la plus part salees, d autres avec de grandes concentrations de mineraux tel que le soufre. Il y a aussi des lagunes chaudes, en raison de l activite volcanique importante dans le secteur. On est toujours dans le desert, et bien loin de toute vie humaine. Assez epoustoufflant d arriver...

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  • Uyuni : Strange rabbit - Bizarre, ce...

    Now, I 've got the name of this strange animal, sort of a rabbit-llama : a vicacha !Maintenant, je l'ai, le nom de ce petit animal, sorte de croisement entre un lapin et un lama : un vicacha !

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  • Trinidad : The fighting rusters... Coqs...

    I had never seen one fighting ruster before, and it looks very different from the regular chicken...J'avais jamais vu de coq de combat avant, mais ca ressemble vraiment pas au poulet de basse-cour...

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  • Dinosaur Tracks

    About 5 km. outside Sucre at a cement plant, they found dinosaur tracks in an almost vertical limestone wall. Unfortunately it was closed for the day when I arrived by taxi around 16:30 and I had to leave too early the next day to take the Dino-Truck tour from the plaza. From the fence I could see a line of tracks running diagonally up the wall but...

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  • Coroico Valley

    Yungas..Coroico Valley, where one can find at the alltitude of 1800m, Bananatrees and fields of Coffee Shrubs. And a fine Hostel, at any ones Convinience.We traveled by Bus and Taxi, where one could set a price those day's, bit more expensive than the Bus. Just a bit.....a fellow traveler told me, the taxifares still are good value these days. we...

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  • view from coroico,in yungas region

    perched on a hill at 1750m high,half way between andes and amazonia:it means ,coming from la paz,from cold weather (up to 4800m high after la paz) to intensely high perspiration!

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  • fantastic mountain road between la paz...

    the most spectacular mountain road i met!mountain road between la paz and coroico...unfortunately,now,they are building a new one...by the way,the only bolivian road where they keep left...looking the left wheel to avoid chasm...a lot of victims and fatalities every year!statistically ,around 40 trucks dive every year in the 1000m deep...

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  • tihuanaco:temple

    70km from la pazon the way between puno and la pazcivilisation tiwanacu 's symbol,600 to 900 ac.famous statue with posture similar to polynesian art:was norvegian thor heyedahl's motive for demonstrating polynesian origin of tihuanaco peoples.now,we know it wasn't true.

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  • more of uyuni city!

    11000 inhabitants,3665m high.commercial and communications road and railway centre.trains to oruro,villazon (argentina border) and avaroa (chilean border)

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  • uyuni city,a major railway junction

    in the middle of the main avenue,called avenida ferroviaria,facing railway station,a huge statue ofan armed railway worker,erected after the 1952 revolution.

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  • The cemetary of trains

    Maybe it´s not that unknown, but neither it´s on the normal list of places to visit in Bolivia. But when you got to Uyuni to start a trip to the Salr of Uyuni, the biggest salt lake in the world, you have to visit this place, more or less 20 minutes by feet out of the town of Uyuni. Do this at 5 o´clock in the afternoon and you will have a really...

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  • MUST DO: the Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas...

    DON'T MISS the Salar de Uyuni and Lagunas tour. It is one of the true gems of our beloved Earth, one of the highlights of South America :). Feel free to read about it in my travelogue and view the amazing pics.

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  • 'TIAHUANACU' west of LaPaz, a...

    'TIAHUANACU' west of LaPaz, a relatively newly discovered (40yrs) site, absolutely full of history.Many temples are yet to be excavated but alas there seems to be more time than money

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  • Bolivia is pretty much 'off...

    Bolivia is pretty much 'off the beaten path' to begin with. If you really want to get out there, you need to travel by second class bus. The headlines can be discouraging as bus plunges involving multiple fatalities are common. My advice would be to travel by daylight only, check the locals advice, and make sure your drive is sober. On a trip from...

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  • One of the most amazing...

    One of the most amazing experience I had in Bolivia, was going on a three day climb to the Huyana Potosi (at 6080 meters). It's an impressive mountain and relatively easy (was damn hard for me and many don't finish the climb, but it's for beginners that are in good shape - no need for major technical skills of climbing). It's a guided climb. We got...

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  • If you're in Cochabamba, you...

    If you're in Cochabamba, you should visit Pairumani. Its a little bit of Eden guarded by the towering Andes Cordillera Tunari. LEFT PHOTO: The Villa Albina Mansion built by the tin millionaire Simon Patino. His family now lives in France but still holds functions at this estate. Very well manicured gardens and there are llamas roaming around in the...

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  • We didn't make it .but the...

    We didn't make it .but the salt flats sound very interesting..also we were told that Santa Cruz was a great city to visit..maybe next time

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  • La ciudad de Sucre. The city...

    La ciudad de Sucre. The city of Sucre. Que linda ciudad! Con razón es llamada la ciudad blanca de América. Es una ciudad tranquila. Casi no se ven turistas por aquí, pero hay que caminar por sus plazas y calles para verla. I dont know why, but there is just few tourist here. This city is called the white city of América. Is really nice. It deserve...

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  • COROICO ('LOS YUNGAS'...

    COROICO ('LOS YUNGAS' region)In the middle of Los Yungas region, only 4 hours from La Paz, you will find here a restfull place making your breathing much better than in La Paz and the weather much more pleasant !! Coroico has all the advantages of a tropical region without the inconvenients ... but the road leading there (sometimes trucks and buses...

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  • Tupisa is very much off the...

    Tupisa is very much off the beaten path for most travellers to Bolivia. In fact, those that do make it here are often stuck here for several days before transport can get them out again. Don't dispair though as there is plenty of amazing scenery to keep you occupied.

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  • THE HIGHEST POINT OF BOLIVIA...

    THE HIGHEST POINT OF BOLIVIA IS SALAMA, ELEVATION 21,463 FEET (6542 METERS). HERE IS A SUMMIT LOG ENTRY: 'Met up with two Frenchman conveniently named Alain 1 & 2, then shared jeep transport with a Canadian woman and Peruvian man, both who had been guiding the Macchu Picchu trail. Their driver/guide was named Elio, as I recall. Over llama droppings...

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  • One of the highlights of my...

    One of the highlights of my stay in Bolivia was the Takesi trail.I think this trail is a rather non-touristic one. We were the only ones up there. And also there were no touristic facilities. It was a big difference with what we experienced a week later on the Inca trail (check my Peru page). For the pics of the complete trail take a look here.

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  • El Fuerte in Samaipata is...

    El Fuerte in Samaipata is Bolivia’s oldest archeological site (just one hour and a half drive west of Santa Cruz). It is not only an amazing historical and architectonic marvel, but also a beautiful place. There are plenty of places for mountain climbing and hiking in the surrounding area. Check out my Samaipata travelogues!!!

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  • Samaipata is one of the many...

    Samaipata is one of the many beautiful valleys of the eastern Andes of Santa Cruz (others worth visiting: Vallegrande (check out my Vallegrande travelogue), Postrer Valle, Mairana, Pampa Grande, Cuevas, etc.). Samaipata was first founded by the Pre-Inca Indian civilizations who inhabited this green valley, they built a temple carved on the rock...

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  • My missions group spent 3...

    My missions group spent 3 weekends in Cochabamba, and the rest of the time in between, we stayed about 2 hours away outside Candeloria-a small Quechuan village. It is between Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. We stayed at a Christian camp there.

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