Tag Archives: Bolivia
Views of Copacabana, Bolivia

On the Shores of Lake Titicaca: Copacabana and the Isla del Sol

Our last destination in Bolivia was Copacabana, a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca. I knew about this lake mainly because (when I was young and immature, obviously) I thought it had a funny name. I had a vague understanding that it was big (8,372 km2) and it was up in the mountains (3,815 m), […]

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Dried llama fetuses in La Paz, Bolivia

Chewing Coca in La Paz

La Paz really knocked me around. Although we’d been in and out of altitude for several weeks, working our way up, La Paz was where it hit me. I talked a little bit about my baby lungs in Potosí, but that was nothing compared to La Paz, the world’s highest de facto capital (3650m above […]

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Flamingos in Bolivia

Lagunas of Uyuni

On the second day of our 3-day tour of the Salar de Uyuni, I started to get a little car-weary. There were seven of us in the jeep, plus our driver, Hector, who had also become our default guide. He didn’t seem to relish his position, and eventually stopped answering our questions about the landscape, […]

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Photography Fail at the Salar de Uyuni

“Don’t start in Uyuni,” people told me. “Start in Tupiza. That way you finish with the salt flats, the main attraction.” There are two main starting points for salt flat tours in Bolivia: Uyuni and Tupiza. Uyuni is closest to the flats, so you visit them on the first day. To some people, it’s like […]

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Potosi, Bolivia

Learning to Breathe in Potosí

Potosí, Bolivia is one of the highest-altitude cities in the world. This fact alone did not endear it to me – I’ve learned that I am one of those people who, at altitude, feels like they have baby-sized lungs in an adult body. So a city that’s roughly 4000 meters above sea level does not […]

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Dino Call

Sucré Shows Us Who’s In Charge

Technically, Sucré is the capital of Bolivia. You thought it was La Paz, right? Well, you were wrong. And I’ll forgive you if you’re going, “Actually, I’ve never given much thought to the capital of Bolivia.” Now you know – according to the constitution, Sucré is the official capital while La Paz is the administrative capital. […]

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