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    Rurre : Pampa, pampa !!!

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    A great 3 days tour into the pampa, to watch loads of animals (crocodiles, monkeys, anacondas, cobras, piranhas, cat-fishes, birds, pink dolphins...) and great sunrise and sunset... You have to do it (even if it's only to feed the mandatory mosquitoes).
    We had choosen Amazonica Travel (15 USD per day, but it was crisis over there), and it was really cool...

    Un superbe tour de 3 jours dans la pampa, pour voir des tonnes d'animaux (crocodiles, singes, anacondas, cobras, piranhas, poissons-chats, des tonnes d'oiseaux et des dauphins roses), sans parler du coucher et du lever de soleil sur fond du plus grand ciel que j'ai jamais vu. Vous devez le faire (ne serait-ce que pour nourrir les moustiques).
    Nous avions choisi l'agence Amazonica Travel (15 USD par jour, mais le pays etait en crise) et c'etait vraiment bien...

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    Uyuni : The city - La ville en elle-meme

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    The city of Uyuni seems empty... Large streets recovered by a slide of sand, small shops, it looks more like a desert cow-boys village than a starting point for great adventures... Though...

    La ville de Uyuni parait vide... Larges rues recouvertes d'une pellicule de sable, petites echoppes, on dirait plus une ville fantome de western que le point de depart de grandes aventures... Et pourtant...

    A street - Une rue
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    Uyuni : The train cemetary - Le cimetiere de train

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    Why here ? Because a train always comes back to where he was built... However, they could use a vacuum cleaner before the funerals !!!

    Pourquoi ici ? Parce qu'un train revient toujours la ou il a ete construit... Toutefois, ils auraient pu utiliser un aspirateur avant l'enterrement !!!

    On the railroad... Sur les rails...
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    Uyuni : Las Montanas Coloradas !!!!!

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    These mountains look fake ? But they're not No painting either. It's the true reality of the awesome landscapes in the desert of the South Lipez.

    Ces montagnes paraissent fausses... Mais, elles sont bien reelles.. Et non, ce n'est pas non plus une peinture ! C'est la realite vraie des paysages geniaux du desert du Sud Lipez...

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    Uyuni : The thermal bath ! Le bain thermal !

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    In the salar de Chalviri, the laguna Polques will welcome you, really early in the morning, when it's so cold outside, to warm your body ...

    Dans le salar de Chalviri, la laguna Polques vous accueillera tres tot le matin, lorsqu il fait bien froid dehors, histoire de vous rechauffer un peu...

    5 in - 5 dedans
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    Uyuni : La laguna verde y el volcano Licancabur

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    The end of the 3 days tour from Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama : the green lake and the Licancabur Volcano behind... Just... There is no word, I think, to describe it... Looks like it's fake, as it's so beautiful...

    Le clou du trtip de 3 jours depuis Uyuni a San Pedro de Atacam : la lagune verte et le volcan Licancabur derriere... Tout simplement... Y a pas de mot, je pense, pour decrire ca... On dirait que c'est du faux, tellement que c'est beau...

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    La Paz

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    The city of La Paz is the see of Bolivian Government; situated at 3.600 m (11.811 feet) over sea level, surrounded by mountains, this city is a "patchwork" with native, Spaniard and half-caste elements. Baroque churchs, modern buildings, colorful clothes, open markets, cholitas loading their children at their backs, chaotic traffic, few oxygen, thousands of pigeons... give La Paz a very special charm.

    (More info: check my La Paz page.)

    La ciudad de La Paz es la sede del Gobierno boliviano; situada a 3.600 m sobre el nivel del mar, rodeada de montañas, esta ciudad es una mixtura de elementos indígenas, españoles y mestizos. Iglesias barrocas, edificios modernos, ropas coloridas, mercados callejeros, cholitas cargando a sus hijos en sus espaldas, tránsito caótico, poco oxígeno, miles de palomas... dan a La Paz un encanto muy especial.

    (Más información en mi página de La Paz.)

    Plaza Murillo

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    Tiwanaku

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Close to La Paz (73 km or 45 miles) are the ruins of Tiwanaku, originally called "Taypicala" (central stone). Tiwanaku culture existed from 1.500 BC to 1.170 AD; in 680 AD began the expansion, so the empire extended from Bolivian Tableland to South of Peru and North of Chile and Argentina. Tiwanaku people reached important advances in architecture, engineering, astronomy, agriculture, sculpture, pottery; many causes precipitated the fall of this empire.
    Spaniard conquerors used the stones of Tiwanaku temples to built their own buildings (main church of Laja, a close town, is a sample of this). Nowadays, the Tiwanaku temples are being rebuilt; the awesome reconstruction and a very interesting museum can be visited.
    A copy of Tiwanaku main temple can be seen at La Paz.

    Cerca de La Paz (a 73 km) se encuentran las ruinas de Tiwanaku, originalmente llamado "Taypicala" (piedra central). La cultura tiwanakota existió desde el 1.500 AC hasta el 1.170 DC; en el 680 DC comenzó la expansión, tal que el imperio se extendió desde el altiplano boliviano al sur de Perú y el norte de Argentina y Chile. Los tiwanakotas lograron avances importantes en la arquitectura, la ingeniería, la astronomía, la agricultura, la escultura y la alfarería; son muchas las causas que precipitaron la caída de este imperio.
    Los conquistadores españoles utilizaron las piedras de los templos de Tiwanaku para construir sus propios edificios (la iglesia principal de Laja, un poblado cercano, es un ejemplo de ello). Actualmente, los templos de Tiwanaku están siendo reconstruidos; la impactante reconstrucción y un museo muy interesante pueden ser visitado.
    Una réplica del templo principal de Tiwanaku puede ser visto en La Paz.

    Templete

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    Titicaca Lake

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Titicaca is the highest lake in the world; situated between Bolivia and Peru, is a very important resource of fresh water, and waterway; it also has a rich variety of fishes.
    (More information on my Titicaca page)

    Titicaca es el lago más alto del mundo; situado entre Bolivia y Perú, es un espejo de agua dulce y una vía de comunicación; también posee una rica variedad de peces.

    (Más información en mi página del lago Titicaca.)

    Titicaca

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    Isla del Sol (Sun Island)

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Titicaca lake has many islands; the most famous of them probably is Isla del Sol (Sun Island). According to the legend, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, son and daughter of Inti, the Sun, were born here; they are the founders of the Incan Empire.
    There is a cultural complex at the island, where you can see a synthesis of the local customs.
    The picture shows some cholitas washing their clothes at the lake.

    El lago Titicaca tiene varias islas; la más célebre probablemente es la Isla del Sol. De acuerdo con la leyenda, Manco Cápac y Mama Ocllo, hijos de Inti, el Sol, nacieron aquí; ellos fueron los fundadores del Imperio Inca.
    En la isla hay un complejo cultural, en donde puede apreciarse una síntesis de las costumbres locales.
    La foto muestra algunas cholitas lavando su ropa en el lago.

    Cholitas en la Isla del Sol

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    Sucre

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Sucre, la ciudad blanca (the white city) is the former capital of Bolivia; still remains there the Judiciary. It was a very rich city, and its ancient splendour still can be seen in its beautiful buildings, despite its decadence. Important museums, magnificent architecture, but a young spirit (it is an Universitary town) make Sucre a very attractive destination.

    (More info: check my Sucre page.)

    Sucre, la ciudad blanca es la antigua capital de Bolivia; aún permanece allí el Poder Judicial. Fue una ciudad muy rica, y su antiguo esplendor aún puede apreciarse en sus hermosos edificios, a pesar de su decadencia. Museos importantes, magnífica arquitectura, pero un espíritu juvenil (es una ciudad universitaria) hacen de Sucre un destino muy atractivo
    (Más información: visiten mi página de Sucre).

    Calle Arce

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    Potosí

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Potosí, from quichua "Potocchi", that means "explosion", is a city founded in 1544, 4200 m over sea level, close to Sumaj Orco (magnificent mountain). The Spaniards called this mountain as Cerro Rico (rich hill), because it has importan silver mines. Since 16th century, silver mining continues until now. As we said in the introduction, the richness of the ground brings the poverty of men, Potosí have very poor inhabitants; the miners live and die in infra-human conditions. The ancient splendour of the once richest American city still can be seen in the Baroque architecture.
    The picture shows the Mint, where the silver and golden coins of the Spaniard Empire were minted; this place worked until 1953; nowadays there is an interesting (and touching) museum.

    (More info: you can check my Potosí page.)

    Potosí, del quichua "Potocchi", que significa "explosión", es una ciudad fundade en 1544, 4200 m sobre el nivel del mar, junto a Sumaj Orco (montaña magnífica). Los españoles llamaron a esta montaña Cerro Rico, porque tiene importantes minas de plata. Desde el siglo XVI, la explotación minera continúa hasta hoy. Como dijimos en la introducción, la riqueza del suelo trajo la pobreza de los hombres; Potosí tiene habitantes muy pobres; los mineros viven y mueren en condiciones infrahumanas. El antiguo esplendor de la que fuera otrora la ciudad más rica de América pude verse aún en la arquitectura barroca.
    La foto muestra la Casa de la Moneda, en donde las monedas de oro y de plata del Imperio Español fueron acuñadas; este lugar funcionó hasta 1953; en la actualidad es un museo muy interesante (y conmovedor).

    (Más información: pueden visitar mi página de Potosí.)

    Casa de la Moneda

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    Santa Cruz de la Sierra

    by andal13 Updated Oct 13, 2003

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    Different from the places just described, Santa Cruz de la Sierra is situated at 457 m over sea level (remeber La Paz: 3.600, Potosí, 4.200) at a fertile, damp and warm valley, is the most modern city of Bolivia, and an important business center.

    (More info: you can check my Santa Cruz de la Sierra page.)


    Diferente de los lugares antes descritptos, Santa Cruz de la Sierra está situada a 457 m sobre el nivel del mar (recuerden: La Paz: 3.600, Potosí: 4.200) en un valle fértil, cálido y húmedo, es la ciudad más moderna de Bolivia, y un importante centro de negocios.
    En una localidad cercana fue asesinado el Che Guevara; sus restos fueron encontrados 30 años más tarde en otra localidad vecina.

    (Más información: pueden consultar mi página de Santa Cruz de la Sierra.)

    Parque El Arenal

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    Tiahuanaco Mysteries and Age

    by AlbuqRay Updated Sep 4, 2005

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    There are some fascinating websites about Tiahuanaco's mysteries and age.

    Mystic Places - Tiahuanaco

    Tiahuanaco - Also Tiwanaku

    The article, "Tiahuanaco, Archaeoastronomy and Cataclysmic Myths" by Martin Gray under the first link is especially interesting. However, one should also read the counterresponse.

    This picture is a view of the east entrance of the Kalasasaya and the Monolito Ponce (framed in the doorway) from the east side of of the Templete Semisubterraneo. I had to wait quite a while to get a shot with no people. Some of the monoliths are named after their discoverers. The larger one inside the Templete Semisubterraneo in the foreground is one of the oldest. It is made of red sandstone and is called Estela Barbada because it appears to have a beard. The Megalito Bennetto Pachamama (now inside the new museum) was originally found in the Templete Semisubterraneo. See also my separate travel pages on Tiahuanaco.

    Kalasasaya Entrance from Templete Semisubterraneo
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    Uyuni : The salt fabric - La fabrique de sel

    by Maillekeul Written Mar 22, 2004

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    This guy may try and explain to you how they manufacture the sand of the salar... Only problems : he's chewing loads of coca leaves and some teeth are missing : we didn't get it...

    Ce mec va vous expliquer la facon de recueilir et distribuer le sel du salar. Seuls problemes : il mache une tonne de feuilles de coca et il lui manque quelques dents : on a rien compris...

    Him - Lui
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